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2004 Class 4A Semifinals


Bettendorf (11-0) vs. Iowa City High (9-2)

The 2004 season was a special one for the Bettendorf and from the beginning they were favored to win the state championship—despite the fact that Valley of West Des Moines was the two-time defending state champion in the middle of what would be a 30-game winning streak. Bettendorf’s offense and defense were equally lethal—proven by the fact that they outscored their regular-season opponents 406-85! Offensively, it started up front with linemen Quinn McVey and Greg Reckman who either paved the way for running back Tim Jackson or gave quarterback Ryan Fick the time he needed to throw to go-to receiver Chris Ivory; as well, place kicker Chris Mahoski was deadly accurate from any distance. The defense, led by end Chuck Mayberry, tackle Mike Gealy, and linebacker Luke Andrusky proved that defenses truly do win championships as in the playoff they helped Bettendorf defeat Pleasant Valley 21-6 and Davenport Assumption 31-7 in the 1st Round and Quarterfinals, respectfully. However, once again—for the 7th time since 1988—the Bulldogs met the Little Hawks of Iowa City High on the road to State; led by quarterback D.P. Eyman and on offense and anchored by back Phil Kenney on defense, the Little Hawks ended the regular season with a 7-2 record. After a 24-3 victory over Cedar Rapids Prairie in the 1st Round, the Little Hawks upset a previously undefeated Cedar Falls team, 14-9, in the Quarterfinals showing that they were not a team to be underestimated—something the Bulldogs were intent on not doing as they aimed to return to the title game.