Austin Broyles called it a dull week at practice for the Bettendorf football team.
With a showdown looming against Class 4A sixth-ranked Pleasant Valley next Friday, the Bulldogs tried to avoid peeking ahead.
No. 8 Bettendorf imposed its will from the opening kick against Davenport West and tallied seven first-half touchdowns en route to a 56-0 victory at TouVelle Stadium.
Afterward, the Bulldogs already had their sights set on the Spartans.
"We knew West wasn't exactly the greatest team, but we're excited to play PV," said Broyles, who recovered a fumble on West's opening possession and blocked a punt. "It should be a great game."
Yes, both teams are state ranked, undefeated, picked to finish 1-2 in the Mississippi Athletic Conference and separated by less than a couple miles.
"It is just a game, not a Super Bowl, not a playoff game," Bettendorf coach Aaron Wiley said. "We'll approach it like any game."
That said, Bettendorf vividly remembers the 38-0 home debacle to PV last September.
"This game was circled (on our schedule) right after North Scott," Bettendorf defensive lineman Matt Albert said. "It was really hard not to look ahead."
West (0-3) did not have one positive yardage play on its first nine snaps. The Falcons finished with just 22 yards in the first half and 78 for the game.
"We challenged them, particularly our defense to come out and play better than we have," Wiley said. "I'm really happy how we played. We got off to a fast start and our defense stepped up and played their best game of the year."
Bettendorf surrendered just two first downs in the opening half, one via penalty.
"Our defense has definitely improved, gotten more intense, more aggressive and we just want to annihilate everyone," Broyles said.
Quarterback Cyle Cox threw two first-quarter touchdown passes, but left the game with an ankle injury. Wiley said Cox "tweaked" it and probably could have stayed in if the Bulldogs needed him.
Backup Owen Ridenour came in and accounted for two touchdowns, a 27-yard run and 30-yard pass to Andy Heimendinger.
West, coming off a 511-yard offensive performance at Burlington last week, battled field position most of the night.
Tirael Malone had 44 yards on the ground, and the Falcons completed only one of 14 passes.
"They dominated the trenches," West coach Jeremy Mosier said. "They are big, physical players and we didn't match up.
"We had a lot of progress last week, but you come face Bettendorf and you really get a measuring stick of where you're at. You look at the size they have and tradition, we're not over that hump yet."
BETTENDORF 56, DAVENPORT WEST 0
Bett - Grant Spranger 3 pass from Cyle Cox (Charlie Cox kick), 10:08
Bett - Tyler Scheib 10 pass from Cyle Cox (Charlie Cox kick), 7:49
Bett - John McLaughlin 14 run (Charlie Cox kick), 6:42
Bett - McLaughlin 1 run (Charlie Cox kick), 9:00
Bett - Owen Ridenour 27 run (Charlie Cox kick), 5:53
Bett - Xavier LaDouceur 8 run (Charlie Cox kick), 2:33
Bett - Gabe Rees 12 run (Charlie Cox kick), 1:32
Bett - Andy Heimendinger 30 pass from Ridenour (Reid Behrens kick), 6:40
Rushing -- West, Tirael Malone 17-44, Tiquan Malone 3-14, Anthony Lotspeich 4-5, Ronnie Smeltzer 2-2, Josh Thiessen 9-1. Bettendorf, John McLaughlin 9-68, Owen Ridenour 6-66, Xavier LaDouceur 9-51, Gabe Rees 6-51, Cyle Cox 3-6, Mark Wells 1-(-7), Dema Puzikov 1-(7).
Passing -- West, Brad Belz 1-6-0, 12 yards; Thiessen 0-8-1, 0 yards. Bettendorf, Cox 6-7-0, 63 yards, 2 TDs. Ridenour 2-4-0, 37 yards, TD.
Receiving -- West, Isaiah McClellan 1-12. Bettendorf, Andy Heimendinger 1-30, Grant Spranger 2-23, Tyler Scheib 2-16, Wells 1-14, Rees 1-10, Matt Penrose 1-7.