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1998 Class 4A Semifinals


Bettendorf (10-1) vs. Iowa City West (11-0)

Bettendorf fans were treated to yet another exciting football season when the ‘98 Bulldogs took the field. The Dawg’s offense was led by quarterback Mike Miller who—by the end of the season—passed for over 1800 yards and 17 touchdowns. Miller’s main targets were receivers Rick Eisenlauer and Justin Siefken and the passing game was complemented by a strong running attack led by tailback Tyler Tisue—a 1000+ yard rusher who scored 21 touchdowns by the season’s end. Add in an accurate place kicker like Justin Langan, along with Rick Eisenlauer who returned both punts and kickoffs, and Bettendorf’s offense was a scoring machine. Defensively, the Bulldogs were rock-solid with guys like end Weston Kieschnick, linebacker Alex Bribriesco, and backs TJ Stoffer and Dave Yoder leading the charge. After a 6-0 blitzkrieg start, a 31-46 loss to Davenport Assumption in Week 7 was eventually avenged with a 35-28 win in the 1st Round of the Playoffs followed by a 44-6 thrashing of Cedar Falls in the Quarterfinals. However, in the Semifinal Round, the Bulldogs met the likes of the Iowa City West Trojans, undefeated after 11 games and on a mission to win a state title. On offense, the Trojans were led by lineman Jeff Gordon, running back Chris Richardson, and place kicker Nate Kaeding whereas the defense was spearheaded by end Nick Lewis, linebacker Jason Brown, and back Steve Pfaller. A thrilling game, this contest was a nail-biter and although both teams’ offense and defense played a large part in the outcome, in the end, was decided by a special teams play.