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1989 Class 4A Semifinals


Bettendorf (11-0) vs. Linn-Mar (10-1)

For nearly three straight seasons, including the playoffs, Bettendorf forgot how to lose and in the process, won back-to-back state championships and compiled a 36-game winning streak—which, even in the latter part of the first decade of the 21st century, is still the longest winning (not non-losing which includes ties) streak in Class 4A. The ‘89 Bulldogs sought to establish their own identity; ranked #1 the entire season by both the Coaches Poll and Des Moines Register—as well as earning a spot on USA Today’s “Teams to Watch” list—they steamrolled to an 11-0 record while passing several tests that validated their #1-ranking: a 17-0 victory over Davenport North established their defense; a 34-12 smashing of then-ranked #3 Burlington for the M.A.C. Championship legitimized their crown; and a 16-7 come-from-behind victory over #8-ranked Iowa City High in the Quarterfinals of the 4A playoffs demonstrated their raw spirit to win. However, the Lions of Linn-Mar were not to be underestimated and possessed a dangerous offense that would test the #1-state rated Bettendorf defense while Bettendorf’s offense would need to play perfect to beat a tough-as-nails Linn-Mar defense. In the end, even a scrappy Bulldog defense playing with everything they had couldn’t stop Destiny from taking its course. Also included is the bonus video, "Beast from the East: The Best of the 1989 Bettendorf Defense".