IOWA CITY — Big game? Not even close.
Bettendorf rolled up 517 total yards to turn a top-10 showdown for the Class 4A District 7 title into a no-contest by halftime in a 44-7 rout of Iowa City High Friday night at Bates Field.
The sixth-ranked Bulldogs (6-2, 4-0 4A-7) have won five straight games and will host a first-round playoff game in two weeks.
“We’re in a good spot right now, but we have work to do,” Bettendorf Coach Aaron Wiley said.
No. 5 City High (6-2, 3-1) managed only 175 yards against a gritty defensive front, snapping its four-game winning streak. The Little Hawks avoided the shutout with Narada Poole’s 1-yard touchdown run with two minutes left.
City High, which locked up a postseason berth last week, rushed for 80 yards on 29 carries.
“They were just better than us,” City High Coach Dan Sabers said. “There’s no question. You can’t deny that. We just couldn’t handle them.”
The Bulldogs dominated up front, where they’re anchored by Iowa commit Mark Kallenberger. Bettendorf totaled 370 yards on the ground and averaged 9 yards a carry.
Keegan Glaus ran for 114 of his 160 yards in the first half. Backup Eric Hradek rushed for 82 yards — including a late 65-yard TD scamper — and quarterback J Michael Young added 74.
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Bettendorf has won four straight in the series and has outscored City High 119-21 in three games during the last two years.
City High’s Bryce Frantz and Nate Wieland combined for only 29 rushing yards. Wieland completed 6 of 15 passes for 95 yards and an interception.
Bettendorf added two touchdowns in the last two minutes of the first half to pull away.
Glaus ran for a 14-yard score with 1:56 left. After a City High punt, Young connected with Suni Lane for a 33-yard pass in the end zone with 29 seconds remaining.
Those two drives covered 142 yards. City High had 71 yards in the first half.