Each Friday in the fall, TouVelle Stadium lights up and the stands pack to watch the Bulldogs take to the gridiron and battle. The Bulldogs had a tremendous season with some impressive victories and disappointing losses. However, Bettendorf’s hope for reaching the UNI-Dome was cut short in the first round of playoffs, losing to Iowa City West 17-24 at home.
The Bulldogs were the first seed out of district 7, considered to be the most challenging district in the state this season. Bettendorf drew the two seed from district 8, Iowa City West. Before the Oct. 28 game, West was 7-2 and the team was well known for their diverse offense with a plethora of names on their scoring sheets for both receiving and rushing points.
Ranked fifth in the state, Bettendorf was a favorite to win against a non top-10 team, even though Iowa City West received votes to be on that list. While both of the teams’ records were the same, the Bulldogs defeated teams above them consistently through the mid season.
The Dogs went 7-3 throughout the season, with losses from top-ten ranked West Des Moines Valley and Cedar Rapids Washington early on in the season, and then Iowa City West on Oct. 28. With the losses also came victories, with Bettendorf defeating teams ranked above them like Muscatine and Iowa City High.
Seniors drove the team to success this season leading the stats across the board. Senior quarterback Young totaled the season with 1073 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns, and eight rushing touchdowns as well. Senior receiver Lane led the Bulldogs in receiving across the board with 686 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
Glaus was a power horse for Bettendorf this 2016 season with 15 touchdowns, 1,138 rushing yards, and 50 solo tackles on defense, tying fellow senior Jacob Durkin for most tackles. Overall, Glaus led the team in scoring this year with 104 total points, in front of Lane (54) and Young (48).
While the Bulldogs had a strong offense this season, its defense was reliable and efficient as always. The defense was led by senior Cameron Maxfield, who led the team in tackles for loss with 11 and sacks with five. Durkin lead the team in total tackles with 64.5 and was near the top of every statistic.
While all of these players finished their final season as Bulldogs, next year’s roster will be filled with promising individuals. Junior Ben Wilson was behind Lane in receiving this year and looks to be a key player next season, along with junior Nijel McIntosh who ran in four touchdowns this season.
On the defensive side, juniors Jatten Kuhrt and Mason Morris will be aggressive tacklers in the 2017 season, with both of them racking upwards of 24 tackles on this season. Lastly, juniors Josh Licata and Blake Rollinger are promising defensive backs who will rule the air next season, both having interceptions in the 2016 year.
While the Bulldogs were downed by the Iowa City West Trojans, the team had an excellent season with multiple top-10 showdown victories and a district championship under its belt. Bettendorf looks towards next season with the skilled group of young athletes returning to its program and eyes set on returning to the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.