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 106 have gone into Overtime.
There are some interesting facts regarding those nine (9) games:
1. To date, Bettendorf has a 7-2 record in Overtime (77% 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. To date, the 1981 season currently is the only one in which the Bulldogs have had two (2) Overtime games. To open up the season, the Bulldogs played Madison West (WI) and the game ended in regulation with a score of 7-7 which resulted in just the third Overtime game in school history. Bettendorf had possession first and took a 14-7 lead; Madison then took over and after throwing four straight incomplete passes, the Bulldogs prevailed. Four games later during Week #5, the Bulldogs Bettendorf’s fourth-ever Overtime game took place and resulted in a 3-10 loss to Davenport Assumption after Bettendorf failed to score after first getting the ball; as the story goes according to longtime assistant coach John Lavelle,an official signaled an Assumption touchdown when in fact the ball carrier was short of the goal line.
6. In 2007 the fifth Overtime game in school history didn't occur until the Semifinals versus the Little Hawks of Iowa City when regulation ended in 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.
7. In Week #9 of the 2009 season, a typical knockdown, drag-out Bettendorf-Assumption game tool place and ended in regulation with a score of 12-12. Bettendorf opened a 19-12 lead in the first extra session, but the Knights forced the second overtime with a 10-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. Assumption then retained possession to open the second Overtime, but an interception by Matt Bettenhausen put the ball back in Bettendorf's hands and Bulldog running back Joey Trizzino then scored the deciding points on a 3rd-and-goal play from the 2-yard line.
8. In 2013, the Bulldogs when Bettendorf played the Iowa City West Trojans in which the game ended tied 21-21 in regulation. The Trojans received the ball first and after being stuffed by the Bulldog defense, took a 24-21 lead. Bettendorf then netted 1 yard on two plays before quarterback Cyle Cox threw a 9 yard strike to receiver Tyler Scheib for a 27-24 bulldog win.
9. Barely one year later in 2014, the Bulldogs again played Iowa City West in the tenth Overtime game of school history. The Bulldogs blew a comfortable 20-3 lead in the middle of the 4th quarter and the game ended 20-20 in regulation after the Trojans hit a 25 yard field goal with one second left on the clock. Retaining possession first, the Trojans scored on 3rd down to take a 27-20 lead; however, the Bulldogs didn't flinch and scored three players later when back-up running back Xavier LaDouceur scored from three yards out to close the gap, 27-26. However, rather than kick the extra point and force another period, Bettendorf head coach Aaron Wiley decided to go for the win and quarterback Cyle Cox bullied his way into the endzone for a 28-27 Bulldog victory. After the game, Cox said, "We don't train to tie, we train to win and that's what we had to do."
Week #3 of Regular Season
1st Round of 4A Playoffs
Week #1 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)
(W) Bettendorf 27, Iowa City West 24 (OT)
(W) Bettendorf 28, Davenport Assumption 21 (OT)