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Overtime Games

In 1972, Iowa was the first state to adopt an overtime procedure in cases of times in conjunction with the Iowa High School Athletic Association Board of Controls initiating a playoff system for its high school playoffs. In Overtime, each team is given the ball on the 10-yard line with four plays and an opportunity to score; if the game is still tied at the end of the Overtime period, then a second (and subsequent period) shall take place until a winner emerges.

From 1951-1971, the Bettendorf Bulldogs played in a total of 186 football games and 9 of them ended in ties; however, of the 410 games they’ve played since 1972, only 6 have gone into Overtime.

There are some interesting facts regarding those six games:

1.  To date, Bettendorf has a 4-2 record in Overtime (66% winning record).

2.  Three (3) overtime games have taken place against Davenport Assumption where Bettendorf owns a 2-1 advantage.

3.  The very first Overtime game in school history took place against Cedar Rapids Washington during Week 3 of the 1975 season that ended with the Bulldogs losing, 28-21, in a four-Overtime thriller at home. After a hard-fought game that ended tied in regulation, 7-7, Bettendorf had the ball first in the opening overtime and took four plays to score a touchdown and extra point.  However, their score was soon matched by Washington to tie the game, 14-14. In the second period, the visitors then scored a touchdown which was equaled by the Bulldogs to even the score, 21-21.  In the third overtime period, Bettendorf failed to score and the Warriors’ 32-yard field goal attempt was long enough but wide to the left.  Washington then had first possession for the fourth overtime and scored an aerial touchdown that decided the game after the Bulldogs failed to convert.

4.  The first playoff Overtime game took place against Dubuque Hempstead in the 1st Round of the Class 4A playoffs—which, incidentally, was the first season that the Bulldogs qualified for the playoffs—and ended in favor of Bettendorf when Wayne Perkins blocked a Mustang field goal attempt; the Bulldogs then scored a touchdown to win, 20-14.  At the time, this overtime game was only the sixth (6) one to occur in Iowa since the inception of the rule.

5.  Bettendorf’s third-ever Overtime game in 1981, 3-10 loss to Davenport Assumption, occurred when—as the story goes—an official signaled an Assumption touchdown when in fact the ball carrier was short of the goal line.

6.  In 2007, regulation ended with a deadlocked score of 3-3.  After the Bulldogs defense stuffed Cedar Falls on three consecutive plays, junior Kyle Lichtenberg then blocked a Tigers' field goal.  Bettendorf then wasted no time winning the game as on 1st down a successful field goal was converted to win, 6-3.


Week #3 of Regular Season
1st Round of 4A Playoffs
Week #5 of Regular Season
Quarterfinals of 4A Playoffs
Semifinals of 4A Playoffs
Week #9 of Regular Season

(L) Bettendorf 21, Cedar Rapids Washington 14 (4 OT)
(W) Bettendorf 20, Dubuque Hempstead 14 (OT)
(L) Bettendorf 3, Davenport Assumption 10 (OT)
(W) Bettendorf 24, Davenport Assumption 21 (OT)
(W) Bettendorf 6, Cedar Falls 3 (OT)
(W) Bettendorf 25, Davenport Assumption 19 (2 OT)