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1989 M.A.C. Championship


Bettendorf (8-0) vs. Burlington (8-0)

“Clash of the Titans”—that’s what this contest was billed as in the hype leading up to game. For starters, Bettendorf was rated #1 by both the Coaches Poll and Des Moines Register while also appearing on the “Teams to Watch” list by USA Today whereas Burlington was ranked #3 by both outlets. The Bulldogs also had the top-ranked 4A defense that only allowed a total of 187 yards/9.6 points per game and it was anchored by ends Ken Koehler and Eric Doerder, noseguard John Elkin, linebacker Matt Rebro, and backs Jim Kerker, Chad Fors, Bill Dockery, and Matt Brown. However, the Grayhound’s offense—headed by quarterback Scott Clawson, running back Jeff Oleson, and receiver Anthony Harris—was potent and was best illustrated by the fact that they were #1 in the M.A.C. and #2 in the state in both total yards (315) and points (34.1) per game. On the flip side, the Dawg’s offense—#2 in the M.A.C. and #3 in the state—averaged 34.0 points and 290 yard per game and was powered by the legs of bruising tailback Tony LaMarre who was aided by fullback Eric Arguello’s blocking and quarterback Matt Ulrich’s arm. The Grayhound’s countered with a rugged defense fronted by noseguard Chad Riley and back Jason Roberts. A standing-room only crowd of 7,000+ spectators packed TouVelle Stadium on Friday, October 27th to see the regular season finale to witness which team would be the very last Mississippi Athletic Champion of the 1980s. Also included is the special bonus video and news feature about Head Coach Merv Habenicht entitled, “The Legend of Hab”.