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1992 Class 4A State Championship


Bettendorf (12-0) vs. W.D.M. Valley (12-0)

On paper, this match-up appeared like a classic heavyweight fight. In one corner there was the Bettendorf Bulldogs, a more-than-intimidating opponent who were not only the defending state champions and winners of 19-straight games, but also had tailback Tavian Banks—who, after 12 games, had rushed for over 2100 yards. Leading up to the title game, the Bulldogs outscored their opponents 410-95 and was anchored by lineman, Corey Ryan, a mammoth 6’7”, 260 pound tackle. The Dawgs were bolstered by a defense that—on eight occasions—limited their opponents to a touchdown (or less) and were led by end Chris Lensing and linebackers Mike Sage and Eric Hoch. However, a formable opponent stood in the other corner in the form of the West Des Moines Tigers; undefeated through twelve games, Valley outscored had their opponents, 355-161, and were led by the arm of quarterback Chad Griffith—a 2000+ yard passer—whose main targets were Jamie Genesser, Matt Sammier, and Brian Tessau. The Tiger’s also had Tyler Peterson, a near-1000 yard rusher with 18 touchdowns. However, everyone watching this game knew it would come down to whether or not the Valley defense—led by tackle Toby Fischer and linebackers Brent Scheideman and Grant Clark—could stop Parade All-American Tavian Banks from turning a state championship football game into his own personal track meet. In the end, this fact would be clear to all who witnessed the game: there is no substitute for speed.