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1981 Class 4A State Championship


Bettendorf (10-1) vs. Mason City (10-1)

Respectthat's what this game was all about.  Both teams entered the 4A championship game in a similar fashions with convincing 1st Round victories over tough conference opponents.  However, in the Semifinals, both teams met top-ranked opponents and were "supposed" to lose (but didn't):  while Bettendorf defeated a #1-ranked and undefeated Cedar Rapids Washington squad (that had grossly underestimated them), Mason City knocked off an unbeaten, #2-ranked WDM Dowling team in overtime.  Thus, the title game banter billed the contest as "UnderDAWGS vs. Underdog" and  speculated that the match-up could be simplified as "Bettendorf's passing game vs. Mason City's running game."  However,  this street-brawl was much, much more:  for the Mohawks, it was about silencing the critics who didn't believe they belonged in the game and for the Bulldogs, it was about proving to themselves that as a team, they could win the first state championship in school history.