For the first game of the 2016 football season the Bulldogs traveled three hours to take on the Valley Tigers. The team fell to the tigers after a tough fight 49-13. The tigers were 11-2 last season and made it to the UNI Dome and lost to Dowling Catholic 24-6.
“It’s an exciting feeling knowing that we have this big of a game early on to get us ready for later down the road,” Cameron Maxfield said.
Maxfield has been on varsity for three years that he has been in high school. He was also one of the team captains as a junior.
The team has high hopes for this season, with multiple returning players with loads of varsity play experience. Also, with the up and coming talent of last year’s sophomore team that was 8-1 in their season last year, many people from the sophomore team played in the game against Valley.
“Our goal is to make it to state, and if we do the little things right we should have a good season,” Suni Lane said.
Lane has also been on varsity for three years that he has been in high school.
With the goal to make it to state, the game against Valley was a good learning experience. During the game the team did not play to its full potential full potential with fumbles, dropped passes, multiple penalties, missed tackles, and miscommunications on the plays.
The Bulldogs never lost faith; during half time the captains had some motivational words to get the team going again.
“Are we just going to lay down and give up? Is that how we play Bettendorf football? Look at the front of your jersey. Do you see that name it says Bettendorf and is this how we play football? I don’t care about the scoreboard, the score doesn't matter right now this is about pride. This is about fighting and not giving up, this is about representing Bettendorf. We aren’t going out on that field with our tails between our legs, we are going out there and putting up fight and winning the second half,” said Maxfield
The Bulldogs took the lost and play their first home game of the season against the Assumption Knights.