The very first Bettendorf Bulldog squad to earn the title of Iowa State Champions occurred in 1960 when a 9-0 Bulldog squad that had won four straight conference titles and 26-games without a loss was named by the U.P.I. as Iowa State Champs. Led by Head Coach Merrit Parsons, the '60 Bulldogs outscored their opponents 381-98 and were undeniably the best team in the state. Since 1972 when the Iowa Class 4A Playoffs--Iowa's largest for football--was implemented, no other school has won more state championships than Bettendorf who has accomplished the task seven times: 1981, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2004, and 2007. Five of these titles were won with former-head coach Merv Habenicht leading the helm while the most recent 2004 and 2007 titles were accomplished by long-time coach Randy Scott. The Bulldogs also have been the state runner-up on three different occasions: 1980, 2000, and 2002.
Bettendorf was the very first team in Class 4A history to win back-to-back titles (1987 & 1988) and were in contention for a third-straight championship in 1989 before bowing out in the Semifinals; the '89 loss also ended a 36-game winning streak for the Bulldogs which also happens to be the longest winning streak (not "non-losing" streak which also includes ties) in Iowa Class 4A. Bettendorf also won another pair of consecutive titles in 1991 & 1992...and again were seeking a third-straight title in 1993 before [again] falling short in the Quarterfinals.
It is safe to say that such success does not happen by accident; rather, it occurs by design.
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