CEDAR FALLS, Ia. – Next month, Dowling's Ryan Boyle becomes a member of the University of Iowa football team.
On Saturday, Boyle made the most of his last game as a high school quarterback by tossing two touchdowns and running for another to lead the South to a 37-24 victory in the 43rd annual Shrine Bowl in the UNI-Dome.
"It's a very good way (to wrap up his prep career)," said Boyle, the South offensive MVP. "It was great to be able to play in this game. It was a great experience and I'm very humbled to be here. Win or lose, this game is for a great cause."
Boyle, who lists at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, was 6-of-14 passing for 186 yards, including touchdown passes of 29 and 80 yards. Boyle also rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Boyle tossed a 29-yard touchdown to Davenport Assumption's Chase Hager in the first quarter, enabling the South to jump to a 16-3 lead at the half.
Boyle scored on a 3-yard touchdown run on the South's first possession of the second half and tossed an 80-yard touchdown pass to North Scott's Ricky Grimes on the South's second possession of the half.
"I was able to have time with the line," Boyle said about his scoring strike to Grimes. "The wide receiver made the play and made me look good."
Waukee's Pat Gray also helped the South's offensive cause as he rushed for 81 yards on seven carries and one touchdown.
Gray scored on a 52-yard run in the fourth quarter.
"Just a huge hole opened up," Gray said. "The linemen were doing a great job all night. I just cut it back and saw a lot of green. I just took it from there."
The South's defensive MVP was Ballard's Marcus Johnson. The North's MVP's were Maquoketa Valley Ryan Parmely (offense) and Forest City's Tanner Thompson (defense).
Parmely rushed for 156 yards on 21 carries and one touchdown. He scored on a 15-yard run in the third quarter.
Now Boyle sets his sights on becoming a member of the Hawkeyes, something he's been looking forward to for a long time.
"I'm very excited," Boyle said. "When camp starts, it's going to be fun to contend with those guys that I always viewed as Gods.
"To be part of that team and have that kind of chemistry with them, I can't wait."
Gray will play at Central College in Pella.
But first Gray is focused on possibly leading the Waukee baseball team to a Class 4-A state title next week in Des Moines. Gray missed some practice time with South team last week as the Warriors were playing in the Class 4-A substate finals.
Gray, the Warriors' center fielder, says he likes his team's chances.
"If we put it all together and do what we do, we have a good shot," Gray said.
South 10 6 14 7—37
North 3 0 7 14—24
S—Jacob Adam 28 FG
N—Jared Amundson 34 FG
S—Chase Hager 29 pass from Ryan Boyle (Adam kick)
S—Adam 42 FG
S—Adam 24 FG
S—Boyle 3 run (Adam kick)
S—Ricky Grimes 80 pass from Boyle (Adam kick)
N—Ryan Parmely 15 run (Amundson kick)
N—Landon Peed 10 pass from Brent Lammers (Amundson kick)
S—Pat Gray 52 run (Adam kick)
N—Nate Bergfeld 37 pass from Lammers (Amundson kick)