URBANDALE, Iowa - Ryan Boyle's 2013 turned out to be pretty special. The quarterback led West Des Moines Dowling Catholic to an undefeated season and the Class 4A State Championship.
The start to twenty fourteen has positioned it to top last year. Boyle verbally committed to play at Iowa in March. The Maroons cruised out to a 2-0 start this season with a 49-0 domination of Urbandale here at Frerichs Field Friday night.
Boyle looked relaxed behind center against the J-Hawks. He completed 3 of 6 passes (two incompletions were drops) for 92 yards and rushed seven times for 63 and a touchdown. He sat most of the second half with Dowling leading 35-0 at the intermission.
"Having Iowa (commitment) under my belt now and being able to go there and feel the love from them and not having to go on visits is very helpful to just focusing on the Dowling season. It's not stressful and a more exciting deal," Boyle said.
Dowling won for the 16th time in a row on Friday. In Week 1, the Maroons silenced Cedar Rapids Xavier, 24-2, in a rematch of November's state championship game. Boyle completed 12 of 17 passes for 142 yards and touchdown against the Saints.
Through two games, Boyle's quarterback rating sits at 158.2.
"I'm trying to improve my passing and being more efficient on that. We're a run-first team, though, and whatever it takes to win the game I'm happy with. I'm also working on leadership and knowing that I'm a captain. For each one of these games, I have to be upbeat and carry this team so we can be victorious," the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Boyle said.
Even with Boyle's verbal commitment in the bank, the Hawkeyes continue to connect with him. Pledges are non-binding until athletes can sign a national letter of intent in early February.
"It's a building relationship. I get mail every day from Coach (Greg) Davis and Coach (Kirk) Ferentz. I talk back and forth with BK (Bobby Kennedy) and Coach (Chris) White on Twitter. I go up there as many times as I can. I'm trying to build those relationships and get more in-depth with the program," said Boyle, who was at Iowa on Saturday for its game against Ball State.
Iowa has accepted verbal commitments from three quarterbacks in its 2015 recruiting class. In addition to Boyle, Iowa City Regina's Drew Cook and Chicago's Jack Beneventi have pledged to the Hawkeyes.
"It's three great players. We all have our senior years and are willing to prove something as we get ready for college. When we get there, it's going to be a challenge, obviously. But I look to it as just another stepping stone, a challenge and a goal to overcome. I'm ready for it," Boyle said.
Top-ranked Dowling Catholic returns to the field Friday night when it plays host to No. 2 Waukee.