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1992 Class 4A Quarterfinals


Bettendorf (10-0) vs. Iowa City High (10-0)

Some say, “This was the greatest Iowa high school football game ever played...” while others called this game, “The 1992 state championship before the 1992 state championship.” Either way, this contest was indeed a classic for all-time. On one side there was Bettendorf—the defending 4A state champion and winners of 17-straight games—who not only had [returning] all-state running back Tavian Banks (who later would play at the University of Iowa and in the NFL) grinding out yardage like there was no tomorrow, but also a supporting cast that included offensive linemen Corey Ryan and Brent Kock, linebackers Eric Hoch and Mike Sage, and defensive end Chris Lensing. Opposing the Bulldogs were the Little Hawks of Iowa City who also had their own version of Banks in that of speedster Tim Dwight—also a future Iowa Hawkeye and NFL veteran. The Little Hawks also had a stifling defense, not to mention home field advantage. The previous two meetings in the Quarterfinals between these teams resulted in Bettendorf victories—a 33-0 thrashing in 1988 and a 16-7 brawl in 1989—but this game proved to be much different when Iowa City jumped out to an early 14-0 lead. Also known as the "Banks vs. Dwight" game, what happened next was probably: “This was the greatest Iowa high school football game ever played...”