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2004 Class 4A State Championship


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

From the beginning, this was the 4A State Championship match-up everyone wanted... most of all, Bettendorf players—especially those who as sophomores played in the 23-3 loss to Valley in the 2002 title game—who yearned for true vengeance since that game. Depending on which poll you believed, both teams were ranked #1 and this game marked the third time (including the 1992 contest) Bettendorf and Valley played one another for the 4A title. Mirror images of one another, each squad featured excellent passing quarterbacks, 1000+ yard rushers, and exceptionally accurate place kickers. However, although Bettendorf’s 2004 campaign was impressive—including the playoffs, they outscored their opponents 458-98—Valley was the two-time defending state champion who also owned a 30-game winning streak; a victory over Bettendorf in the title game would allow the Tigers to become the first 4A school to ever win three consecutive state championships. While the Dawgs had returning all-state linebacker Pat Angerer back in the lineup for the title game—along with a plethora of players ranging from offensive end Jeff Bitter to defensive back Troy Zimmerman—the Tigers also had their share of outstanding players that included tight end Ben Percival, tailback Zac Sandvig, and linebacker Cam Godfrey. In the end, Bettendorf would not only get their retribution, but also silence all of the Valley advocates while taking hold of their well-deserved Destiny.