Bettendorf spoils Cedar Falls’ undefeated season and moves into semis

On Friday, Nov. 8, the football team defeated an undefeated Cedar Falls team 24-14 in the UNI Dome for a spot in the state semifinals.

Touchdowns were scored on two runs by Harrison Bey-Buie and a touchdown pass from Joe Byrne to AJ Douglas.

Reed Shea was perfect on PATs (point after attempts) and also made a field goal to extend the lead late in the game.

The defense was getting stops during the whole game. Reed Shea had an interception and a fumble recovery early to build momentum, and Joe Byrne caught an interception to seal the game in the fourth quarter.

“It was a giant relief. It’s been eight years since Bettendorf has won in the Dome, it feels great to be the team to do it,” said senior Joe Byrne.

The turnovers helped, but the defense had to grind out multiple stops during the game to get the offense back on the field.

“We do a good job of stopping the run first and making them throw the ball,” said senior Keaton Staley.

After playing outdoors all season, playing inside on different turf can be a big change for the team. Since it was a playoff game, the UNI Dome was packed.