Aggression at City High, Dowling football game under review

Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 10:32 AM CDT
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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) - Tensions during Iowa City City High’s 34-0 blow out loss to Dowling Catholic last Friday are under review by school and state officials.

Both incidents happened in the third quarter of the game Friday night. First, a Dowling player did something at the bottom of the pile that got him ejected.

Then a little bit later, a City High player appears to hurt a Dowling running back. In the video, it appears the City High player twists the Dowling player’s leg while going down. The running back was in obvious pain, and will not play this week.

“Now we have a penalty flag. A lot of talking going on. It’s getting very chippy,” an announcer described at the time.

Both schools agreed to cancel the JV football game that had been scheduled for Monday.

The Dowling football coach says they have been in constant contact with City High working on the situation. City High has not responded to requests for comment.

The Iowa State High School Athletic Association says it is aware of the incidents and working with both schools to review what happened.

“As we do whenever a concern about member schools is brought to our attention, our staff will reach out to both schools as well as the officiating crew members to gather as much information as possible and to make them aware of the concerns raised,” said ISHAA director Tom Keating. “Since administrators work most closely with coaches and students, we believe it is best to have them address such situations.  We are here as a resource for the schools if they choose to engage us for assistance.”

Editor’s note: this story has been revised to remove the description of an investigation into the incidents by the IHSAA. The association is aware of the incidents and is working with both schools to review what happened but is not holding a formal investigation.