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Old 03-19-2019, 08:58 AM   #151
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Season 5, Week 4: 2-1 Des Moines travels to 3-0 Dallas

The Cowboys are among the class of the NFL, and their defense is particularly stout. It showed today. QB Dakota Corriveau displayed all the fearless guts he's known for, still finding a way to throw for 300 yards and 3 picks.

Still, you can't blame the youngster much, when his running game nets an abysmal 16 yards on 17 carries. That's just unacceptable. The Dragons got close at the end, but one of those Corriveau picks was returned for six, sealing the loss, 24-14.
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Old 03-19-2019, 08:59 AM   #152
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Des Moines Dragons First Quarter Report
Dick Grayson, sports reporter, Des Moines Register

In just four games, it's become clear the 2-2 Des Moines Dragons are already a much-improved team over last season's 4-12 squad.

On defense, the bite has returned, led by a monster DE duo in Ricardo Heuring and Elias Reese, who are thus far the most potent quarterback-harrassing tag team in the NFL. Rookie OLB Bob Clinton has been a boost to the run-stuffing front, while adding a pair of sacks of his own. And fellow rookies in the secondary, FS Gerald Barnes and CB Lee Ross, have earned starting spots on a defense that currently ranks #2 in the NFL in yards allowed.

On offense, the young QB Dakota Corriveau may still be struggling to put TDs on the board, but he is posting career best marks in completion percentage, yards per pass and completion, 300-yard games, and QB rating.

The rebound from two years of bottom feeding is well underway, as GM Jack Ledger's recent string of draft picks seem to be hitting on all cylinders. But that's not to say the rebuild is complete. The Dragons still have an anemic ground attack. And when teams don't respect the run, Corriveau is forced to dump the ball off short or make risky throws deep. Neither of those approaches are currently working for a team that ranks 21st in points scored.

So far, so very, very good. But I catch my eyes drifting to the college game. Is there a running back in Iowa who can fill the gaping hole that remains in Ledger and Coach O'Dea's reboot of Dragons 2.0?
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Old 03-21-2019, 09:06 AM   #153
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Season 5, Week 5: 2-2 Des Moines visits 1-3 Philadelphia

Aargh. Fumbles on special teams. A missed FG. The Eagles running out 4 minutes of clock at the end of the fourth. And a running game that continues to disappoint.

QB Dakota Corriveau just isn't the kind of elite QB who can take a team on his shoulders and carry them to victory when he can't even get 60 yards of rushing out of his teammates. Another close loss, 23-20.

Season 5, Week 6: 3-1 Giants come to 2-3 Des Moines

In a game that was shocking devoid of big plays by either squad, it was all about field position and chipping away at the opposition. Dragon RB Drake Boyette finally provided some ground support with 73 yards and a score, and P Rick Clark nearly won POG with brilliant booting. In the end, however, it was K Alexis Galloway, whose 5 field goals made the difference in this victory, 22-16.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:06 AM   #154
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Season 5, Week 7: 3-3 Des Moines visits the 0-5 Bears

Rookie FB Dwight Stanton notched his first NFL TD, and the Dragons played efficient ball until the end of the game, when QB Dakota Corriveau started to heat up. Corriveau hit TD strikes to stud TE Kelvin Satterfield and emerging star WR Louis Forbes in the second half, on the way to a 24-9 victory.

Season 5, Week 8: 4-3 Des Moines goes to 0-7 Green Bay

"On the road again," the long-lost Dragons looked a bit tired through most of this game, so rather than an easy win, it turned into a heated battle.

The Dragons' tired legs gave up 13 points in the 4th quarter, and it looked like the game was slipping away.

But then, QB Dakota Corriveau got the ball with 1:42 left and 80 yards to go. Five plays later, with only :04 on the clock, Corriveau hit WR3 Robbie Thompson with a 7-yard TD pass, and the game was won! Corriveau had one of his finest games, throwing for 313 and a pair of scores and rushing for another 58. Dragons win, 27-26.
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:37 AM   #155
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Des Moines Dragons Hit Halfway
Dick Grayson, sports reporter, Des Moines Register

The baby Dragons (if I may so label them because of their youth) are taking baby steps in the right direction.

QB Dakota Corriveau is enjoying his best season to date, though only by a bit. His current QB rating of 81.5 eclipses that of his rookie year (68.6) and his disastrous sophomore campaign. 2nd-year WR Louis Forbes is outperforming his rookie season in every statistical category. Even the sack squad, DE Elias Reese and DE Ricardo Heuring, are on pace to eclipse last year's sensational first season together.

The team as a whole feels like it's coming along, especially after a pair of wins over winless division opponents.

But I'd hold back on celebrating 5-3 just yet, or thinking about doubling it to 10-6.

This is a Dragons team that has yet to eclipse 30 points in a game. The rushing attack is still as anemic as ever. There's a big difference between baby steps and a playoff run.

But after a pair of ugly seasons, is sure does feel good to be seeing the young playmakers stretch their legs. It's almost as if a run is right around the corner.
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Old 03-26-2019, 09:33 AM   #156
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Bye-week business

Extensions signed:
CB Mitch Wells (40/40, 30yo, mentor)
RB Drake Boyette (31/31, 25yo, mentor)
OLB Ross Flanagan (39/39, 25yo, mentor)
CB3 Broderick Garcia (45/45, 25yo)
FS2 Herb Dallesandro (49/49, 29yo, mentor, position leader)
LG Ellis Morris (52/52, 26yo)
RG Fred McLane (55/55, 26yo)
LE Ricardo "ManChild" Heuring (36/36, 25yo pass rush specialist)
DT2 Robbie Blake (38/38, 27yo)
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Old 03-26-2019, 09:34 AM   #157
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Season 5, Week 10: 3-5 Washington comes to 5-3 Des Moines

Outside of surrendering a single big play, the mighty Dragon D roared in this contest. Didn't give up a single rushing first down. Held Washington to 1 of 12 on third down. Racked up 5 sacks, four from Ricardo "ManChild" Heuring.

On the offensive side of the ball, the team did cough up 5 fumbles, but only lost 1. The running game wasn't there (what's new?), but Corriveau was efficient, keying in on our solid triplet of receivers: Myles Kinney, Louis Forbes, and TE Kelvin Satterfield. Corriveau's final line was 22 of 29 for a pair of scores, no picks, and a 119.9 rating in this solid, 23-17 victory.
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:29 AM   #158
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Season 5, Week 11: 6-3 Vikings battle for division lead at 6-3 Dragons

The Dragon offense struggled in this one, and as expected, Viking stud QB Kris Van Pelt put up some numbers, despite a solid defensive foe. Early, a HUGE 89-yard pick 6 by Dragons safety Mitch Plante seemed to be all that was keeping us in it.

But as the game wore on, Corriveau did something rare he protected the ball, didn't push too hard, found RB Drake Boyette on check-downs, and kept the game close.

The longer the game was close, the more it seemed like the Dragons might be able to pull off the upset.

And when rookie FS Gerald Barnes snagged another Kris Van Pelt pass out of the air, the sold-out home crowd could smell a win!

K Alexis Galloway booted the ball through the uprights to take the lead with 4:55 left and that was it! The Vikings couldn't put together another drive, and the Dragons leave home with a division lead-taking 23-21 victory!

(And with that victory, the Des Moines Dragons have indeed risen from "Worst to first." But can they hold that position?)
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:25 AM   #159
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Season 5, Week 12: 6-4 Chiefs visit 7-3 Dragons

In a battle of division leaders, the difference was yet again the Dragon D and Corriveau avoiding the turnover.

The Dragons opened the game with three, consecutive scoring drives (what team is THIS?), including a 66-yard catch and run, as WR Louis Forbes raced around and away from defenders to the house.

After that, it was a defensive slug fest, led by ascending rookie sensation, FS Gerald Barnes. On the day, Barnes led the team with 6 tackles, defended 3 passes, and intercepted another. WR Louis Forbes finished with 6 catches on 8 targets for 113 and a score, and Corriveau played mistake-free ball, notching 19 of 23 for 265 and a score, QB rating 118.2.

This one felt really, really good. Dragons get a key victory, 19-17.
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Old 03-29-2019, 08:18 AM   #160
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Season 5, Week 13: 4-7 Arizona comes to 8-3 Des Moines.

The Cardinals bring with them the 1st-round QB that Jack Ledger passed up in the most recent draft (because he wasn't from Iowa). The Dragon D, however, made him look like a joke. On the day, the rookie completed less than half his passes, only threw for 92 yards, and notched a 34.3 QB rating.

Statistically, the Dragons dominated.

Alas, WR Louis Forbes went down to injury in the first quarter, and Dragon QB Dakota Corriveau started to fall apart without his security blanket. 4 picks for Corriveau in a game that looked a lot like last year.

And even though rookie first rounders, OLB Bob Clinton and FS Gerald Barnes, both picked off their fellow rookie on the opposite side of the ball, two of Corriveau's turnovers resulted in defensive scores for the Cardinals (of 92 and 98 yards, respectively). In a fluke game we shouldn't have lost, Des Moines loses, 31-17.
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:18 AM   #161
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Season 5, Week 14: 8-4 Dragons fly out to 5-7 San Diego.

On the road for the first time in weeks, with WR Louis Forbes limping most of the game, the old, offensive ineptitude reared its ugly head again. The defense, now confirmed a formidable force, did their job incredibly admirably.

But with one second left on the clock, after Corriveau had pushed the Dragons into field goal range, Des Moines' young kicker, Alexis Galloway, MISSED the game winner.

In overtime, the defenses ruled again, as each team had three possessions. In the end, however, San Diego's kicker proved the more accurate, and the Chargers hit the game winner. Des Moines drops another one we shouldn't have with this 16-13 loss.

Worse yet, we lost a pair of key starters, likely for the rest of the year in TE Kelvin Satterfield and rookie OLB Bob Clinton.
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:24 AM   #162
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Season 5, Week 15: 8-5 Dragons limp into 7-6 Minnesota

Hoping to hang on to a slim division lead, the Dragons (who have been mostly healthy all season) suddenly find themselves injury prone at the worst time of the year, heading into the most important game of the regular season.

The perfect time to play a perfect game.

With so many pieces missing around him, defensive captain MLB Dale Griffin made this his game to shine. Griffin was an absolute animal, leading the team in tackles, slicing through the holes for 2.5 sacks, and holding the Vikings to only ONE first down on the ground.

This put the game on the Viking QB's shoulders and allowed the Dragon pass rush to pin back its ears to the tune of SEVEN sacks. Under pressure, the Vike QB faltered, allowing Nickel CB Calvin Minnig to snag a pick, and when rookie CB Lee Ross racked up a pick-6 in the 3rd quarter, the Vikes were on the ropes.

Meanwhile, Dragon QB Dakota Corriveau played mistake-free ball and found unlikely targets RB2 Cooper Saucedo and the rookie FB Dwight Stanton for scores.

In a battle of field position, however, we can't forget the Dragons' all-league punter, Rick Clark, who pinned 4 of 7 inside the 20, including a 71-yard bomb of a kick and a 54.4 average on his punts. The Vikings just got buried in this Dragon statement win, 24-8.

And with that victory, having swept the Vikings on the season, the Dragons have guaranteed an NFC North championship and playoff appearance! WORST TO FIRST, baby!
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Old 04-04-2019, 08:12 AM   #163
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Season 5, Week 16: 8-6 Broncos visit 9-5 Dragons

Another clash of division leaders, as the Broncos have leapfrogged the Chiefs.

Denver, however, had no answer for the Dragon D. The Broncos managed a mere 192 yards total, and when facing a punter kicking out his freaking mind (7 punts, 3 inside the 20, a 56.7 average, with a long of 67), Denver was up a creek without a paddle.

The Dragons didn't have much of a paddle, either, but they still walked away with a win, 9-7.

10-5? Leading the division with one game to go? Can you FEEL the excitement?
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Old 04-08-2019, 09:04 AM   #164
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Season 5, Week 17: 3-12 Bears come to 10-5 Des Moines

With a potential bye on the line and a chance to run the table in the NFC North (but a slough of banged up players), Des Moines hosted the lowly Bears.

And again, it was the defense that came up big. 6 sacks and a pair of turnovers plagued the Bears, while the Dragons

stunk.

Yet, still Dakota Corriveau played safe, nearly flawless football. The young QB completed 18 of 20 passes for a pedestrian, yet effective, 189 yards and a score, even enduring a broken nose in the process and still persisting. In the end, it was enough, as Des Moines wins, 13-7.
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:43 AM   #165
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Worst to first!
Dick Grayson, sports reporter, Des Moines Register

There were whispers in training camp. I didn't really believe them. At the halfway point of the season, I warned my readers not to buy in too quickly. And all along I was wrong.

Worst to first!

At this time last year, Des Moines Dragons fans were staring at a 4-12 record, the second straight losing campaign in which the beloved Iowa boys were among the worst few teams in football. We were grumbling about a young quarterback who threw more interceptions than touchdowns. We hinted that perhaps Dragon Coach O'Dea had misplaced his trust in the young gun and that the Dragons might be better served with a different coach.

Oh, how different that all looks in light of THIS season. From last place in the division, to sitting atop our rivals with an 11-5 record and a playoff game to come, the Dragons are suddenly the golden boys of Des Moines again!

And you questioned the Coach! Tsk, tsk.

You doubted the quarterback? Have patience, football fans!

To be honest, Dragon QB Dakota Corriveau still isn't lighting it up, still isn't among the true game-winners of the NFL, but the resurrection of the Dragon D means he doesn't have to be.

In fact, little known or realized is that Corriveau ranks 6th in the NFL in completion percentage, while the Dragon D ranks No. 3 in completion percentage against. In today's passing league, that means we're winning games.

And with six defensive players (DEs Reese and Heuring, LBs Griffin and Clinton, and Safeties Plante and Barnes) playing at Pro-Bowl levels, the Dragons are #2 in the NFL in rushing the passer, #2 in stopping teams on 3rd down, and #3 in points scored against. THAT's winning.

Now the Dragons have done the improbable risen from two years in the dumps to the top of the heap in the NFC North.

Congratulations, guys! We knew you had it in you!

(OK, we doubted at times. We grumbled and whined a bit. But ) Let us fans and pundits be doubters no longer! Our Dragons are legit. They're young. They're hungry. And who knows how much better they could soon become?
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:51 AM   #166
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Season 5: 2029 Wildcard Round 10-6 Seattle travels to 11-5 Des Moines

Seattle brings a high-flying, often-flying passing attack, led by WR Butch Long, who topped 100 catches en route to a 1400-yard, 13-TD season. Their QB, Dean Ingram, is one of the league's best, and he already has a championship ring.

They also bring in a suspect defense, which struggles across the board, and may have one of the worst linebacker corps in the league.

All in all, it should be a decent matchup for the Dragons, who specialize in rushing the passer and could really use the help of a weak defensive opponent in order to put points on the board.

And that pregame preview proved to be practically prescient.

Seattle had no answer for a young QB with a big chip on his shoulder, as Dragon QB Dakota Corriveau began the game carving up the Seahawks like we hadn't seen all season. 3 of the first 4 drives went for touchdowns, both to WR Myles Kinney, who had the best day of his career, 11 of 15 for 172 and a pair.

In a blink, Seattle was down 21-7, and the Seahawks took to the air.

The Dragon pass rushers, therefore, pinned their ears back and got after it. DE Elias "Beast" Reese hurried and knocked down Seattle QB Dean Ingram over and over, and DE Ricardo "ManChild" Heuring blitzed him with a pair of sacks from the opposite side. All in all, 6 sacks were recorded on the day.

Seattle came roaring back late, but Corriveau led a 6-minute, 10-play, 76-yard drive in the 4th to cool the Seahawks down. And with 3 seconds left to play, the Dragons kicked a field goal to do something they hadn't done all season, send the score to 30 points. And that kick meant the Dragons did something they've never done in their history

WIN a playoff game! Dragons win, 30-27!
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:21 AM   #167
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Season 5: 2029 Conference Semifinal 12-5 Dragons visit 11-5 Panthers

The Panthers look a lot like Seattle, only better. Much, much better. Carolina QB Darien Peterson leads the best passing attack in the NFL and is a leader with 4,646 yards, 40 TDs, and only 7 INTs. He doesn't cough up the ball, he never gets sacked, and Carolina is the #1 scoring offense in the league.

That said, Carolina also has far and away the worst defense.

Can the Dragons hope to stop this stellar O? Or will it turn into a shootout? And can Corriveau survive the latter?

The game started with a bang, as the Panthers completed a 41-yard pass for a TD.

But then, something happened. It's like a switch flipped. Dragon QB Dakota Corriveau started slicing and dicing. Long drive after long drive. By the end of the day, he had completed 32 of 44 for 298, a passing score, a rushing score, and NO interceptions. WR Myles Kinney had caught 14 of 17 for 148. WR Louis Forbes caught the TD. At the half, the Dragons had scored on 5 straight possessions.

On the other side of the ball all-star QB Darien Peterson was having a good game, but the Dragon scoring onslaught put the pressure on him to score. He began to press. He pressed too hard. The QB who had only tossed 7 INTs all season gave one up to Dragon SS Mitch Plante. Then he gave up another to Dragon FS Gerald Barnes.

Still Peterson pressed. And he did score touchdowns compared to Des Moines' field goals, and he seized the lead.

Then, with 2:19 left to play, and the Dragons down by 1 and pinned on their own 14 Corriveau took the HECK over. Who IS this kid??? 9 plays and 84 yards later, with the clock about to expire, the Dragons lined up for the kick

and WON their second playoff game! Dragons win, 26-24!
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:55 AM   #168
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Corriveau = Eli Manning looking ass
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:51 PM   #169
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Corriveau = Eli Manning looking ass

Heh. That's probably a good comparison.

(But he's the best we've got!)
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:52 PM   #170
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The suddenly hottest ticket in town
Dick Grayson, sports reporter, Des Moines Register

At the beginning of the season, no one I mean no one could have even guessed that Joker Field would still be busy this weekend.

Even when the improbable happened and the Des Moines Dragons completed their worst-to-first rise to atop the NFC North, nobody expected Des Moines to HOST the NFC championship game.

But when the Dragons won not only their first, but also their second ever playoff game, and when the New Orleans Saints rose from the 5th seed to knock off the 'Niners AND the Giants all of a sudden

We need to buy tickets! The NFC Championship Game will be in Des Moines!
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Season 5: 2029 Conference Championship 13-5 Dragons host the 12-6 Saints

In the Seahawks and Panthers, the Dragons faced opponents who were among the best in the league at passing and among the worst on defense. New Orleans brings a new wrinkle: One of the league's best running backs and most balanced offensive powerhouses. Yet still, the Saints boast the #31 defense. Can the Dragons really survive another shootout? Or will the Saints grind down the Dragons and not allow Corriveau enough time to dink and dunk his way to points?

Coach O'Dea's defensive strategy from the opening was both obvious and brilliant. Facing a RB with nearly 2000 combined yards rushing and receiving, the Dragons keyed in on the all-star with not one, but two all-stars of their own. MLB Dale Griffin and SS Mitch Plante, playing relentlessly close to the line, shadowed, blitzed, and completely stuffed the Saints running game. Yes, it opened up some passing lanes, but the Saints just couldn't keep a sustained drive going with their bread and butter bottled up.

Meanwhile, Corriveau stuck to his twin wideouts, Myles Kinney and Louis Forbes, who each had 9 catches on the day, while no other player had more than 1. It proved effective, as Kinney and Forbes ran circles around the Saint secondary.

In the end, however, it was all about that D, 'bout that D. The Dragons sacked New Orleans 5 times, held one of the league's top rushing attacks to a paltry 32 yards, and forced 3 turnovers, including a pick-6 that DE Elias Reese (of all people) took back to the house.

The Saints got a late touchdown to pull it close, but in reality, it never was that close. Dragons win, 22-17!. ON TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!!
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