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1987 Class 4A State Championship


Bettendorf (11-0) vs. W.D.M. Dowling (10-1)

Six years—that’s how long it took Bettendorf to return to the 4A title game after their 1981 victory over Mason City, 21-3, for the first state championship in school history (and third appearance overall). Dowling, on the other hand, was making their fifth title game appearance since the inception of the playoffs in 1972 but had always come up short; their previous four losses were by 6, 5, 4, and 3 points each, respectively. Bettendorf’s unbeaten record was the result of its methodical offense led by fullback Clint Watkins who, with the help of tackle Joe Judge and guard Brad Schoenfelder, cleared the path for tailback Greg Brown who would be challenged by a Dowling defense spearheaded by noseguard Chris Tallman and back Toney Mycks. On the other side of the ball, the Bulldog’s defense would need the play of end Adam Bergeron, tackle Steve McCall, and noseguard Mike Woolverton to disrupt a Maroon passing attack led by quarterback Bob Cataldo and receiver Marcus Bumpus. Also included in this DVD is the induction of Bettendorf Head Football Coach Merv Habenicht into the Iowa High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame during halftime ceremonies (accepted on his behalf by Mrs. Evelyn Habenicht).