By Joe Ostrica
An 8-1 regular season, a top seed in the Division I Region 1 state playoffs and a 49-0 first round win are just a few of the St. Edward football team’s major accomplishments thus far this season. A lot of that success can be attributed to a pair of brothers from North Ridgeville, juniors David Dowell and Andrew Dowell.
As the starting running back for the Eagles, Andrew has compiled more than 800 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. He was also chosen as a team captain by the coaching staff. As one of only two players who starts on offense and defense, David’s versatility helped land him starting spots at wide receiver and corner back. Both of them have several Division I scholarship offers to play football in college.
Playing only nine games in the regular season due to having a tough time scheduling games, St. Edward ended up traveling to Philadelphia to play the relatively new program Eastern Christian Academy. The game was played at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania.
“We have been very successful this year, but our job isn’t finished yet,” Andrew said. “Our goal is to win the state championship. We played against Cincinnati Moeller. They were undefeated and ranked first in the state in Division I and we beat them 45-42. It was a great team win and I had 204 yards rushing.
“I have played well this season. I have been a little short on some personal goals, but the team’s success is most important and we have been extremely successful.”
David said he’s pleased with how he’s played this season and said his team has several big playmakers on both sides of the ball.
“We beat Glenville in the first game of the season and Eastern Christian Academy in week 10,” he said. “Those were big wins, memorable games and I played very well.”
St. Edward dismantled Shaker Heights 49-0 Saturday in the opening round of the Division I playoffs. Andrew finished with 133 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
“We are where we expect to be,” Andrew said about the team’s No. 1 seed. “We are confident. Our coaching staff has been preparing us for this since the end of last season.
“Each week we focus on the current opponent. From the beginning of the season our goal has been to win the Division I state championship.”
“Our expectations are high,” David added. “We’ve been looking forward to this since last year.”
While they still have the postseason ahead of them and their senior season next year, the Dowell brothers already have plenty of options for the next level. David has offers from Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, West Virginia, Toledo and Kent State. Andrew has offers from Illinois, West Virginia, Ohio University, Toledo and Kent State.
“It’s an honor for me when a college football program shows interest in me,” David said. “Andrew and I have most of the same scholarship offers with only one or two being different. I try to prepare, practice and play hard each week. The recruiting will take care of itself. My focus right now is on getting better every day and helping St. Edward win the state championship.”
Andrew said it’s a great feeling knowing that college football programs want him to play for them.
“I do have scholarship offers from a few different colleges,” he said. “The recruiting process is exciting, but no decision plans are in the near future. My focus right now is on being a better student athlete every day and helping St. Edward win the state title.”
The Eagles are taking on No. 9 seed Cleveland Heights this weekend at Parma Byers Field. Cleveland Heights is 10-1 after a 35-7 win over Wadsworth in the first round.
“I have learned a lot from our coaching staff this season,” Andrew said. “We have a team that is committed to winning and we do that by being prepared. I am looking forward to a solid week of practice and playing against Cleveland Heights on Saturday.”
“We have great coaching and team chemistry,” David said. “We have a team that is committed to winning and we do that by being prepared. I am looking forward to the competition each week as we move closer to our goal.”