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2002 Class 4A Semifinals


Bettendorf (9-2) vs. Iowa City West (9-2)

Although the 2002 Bulldogs lost in the season opener to Pleasant Valley by a score of 10-17, they rattled off 7 wins in the next 8 games—their only other setback to Davenport Assumption, 10-13—to end the regular season 7-2. Leading the way into the 1st Round of the 4A Playoffs was center Brad Cook who paved a path for quarterback Neil Crane, backs Alvin Vesey and Jeff Wakeland, and kicker Will Hegewin and the Dawgs throttled Pleasant Valley, 42-6. During the Quarterfinal Round, the defense—led by lineman Mark Carstens, linebacker Pat Girskis, and back Chris Cook—played with reckless abandon in a 29-19 victory over Davenport Assumption to avenge their only other regular-season loss. Once again, Bettendorf found themselves facing a familiar opponent in the Semifinals—the Trojans of Iowa City West—who in three previous meetings (1998, ’99, and 2001) had defeated the Bulldogs. However, this time—although the Trojans featured a very strong running attack led by lineman Matt Haas and running back Greg Coleman—the Bulldogs were determined not to let history repeat itself.