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2002 Class 4A State Championship


Bettendorf (10-2) vs. W.D.M. Valley (9-3)

For the second time in three seasons, Bettendorf once again found themselves in the Class 4A State Championship game after blitzing through the playoffs by outscoring their opponents, 105-30; in 2000—the inaugural season for Head Coach Randy Scott—the Bulldogs lost to the Maroons of West Des Moines in a thrilling 28-35 contest. However, although Bettendorf would again face an opponent from West Des Moines, this time it was Valley Tigers (who, coincidently enough, the Bulldogs defeated 41-0 in 1992 for the fifth state title in school history). Bettendorf’s offense—led by quarterback Neil Crane with the help of kicker Will Hegewein, running back Sean Rizzo, and sophomore back Tim Jackson—was lethal and backed by a sound defense spearheaded by lineman Brian Stelly, end David Larimer, linebacker David Anderson, and back Justin Harris. However, the Tigers—who entered the playoffs with a 6-3 record but literally got better with each game—had their own weapons with Jack Holdren blocking for running back Jason Scales while defensive lineman Alex Willcox led the charge for a tough defensive unit. In the end, one dynasty would witness the rise of another—and perhaps set up Destinies to Come.