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1980 Class 4A State Championship


Bettendorf (11-0) vs. Newton (11-0)

For the first time since the inception of the playoffs in 1972, two undefeated teams met in the 4A Championship Game when #1-ranked Bettendorf and #2-ranked Newton played in front of a then-record crowd at the UNI-Dome. Both teams featured highly recruited college players: a senior-dominated Bettendorf team featured standouts QB Jeff Stelk and NG Hap Peterson whereas Newton—who started 5 juniors on both offense and defense—countered with RB Treye Jackson and LB Steve Morris. This match-up marked the debut of Bettendorf, led by coach Merv Habenicht, in the 4A title game.  Originally broadcast on Iowa Public Television and recently transferred from Betamax format to DVD, this film features pre-game interviews and analysis.  Certainly, this 4A Championship Game was the first of two classic match-ups during the 80’s between traditional powerhouse programs despite three 1st half turnovers that proved to be the difference in the game.