Bettendorf coach Aaron Wiley wanted his team to execute and be efficient against Davenport West in the regular-season finale for both teams Friday night.
Wiley's Bulldogs were just that as Bettendorf scored 22 points in just 13 offensive plays in the first quarter. Bettendorf went on to a 42-7 win in Class 4A District 8 action at Brady Street Stadium.
With the victory, Bettendorf completed its first undefeated regular season since 2010 and captured the district championship. The Bulldogs (4-0 district, 9-0 overall) will host a playoff game at 7 p.m. Wednesday against an undetermined opponent.
"We wanted to come over here and function, we didn't want to be sloppy, we didn't want to have injuries and I thought we executed and played. It was a good win," Wiley said.
On the second play of the game, Bettendorf's quarterback Cyle Cox swung a screen pass out to running back Justice O'Conner, who weaved his way through West defenders for a 53-yard scoring play.
The Falcons couldn't respond their first time with the ball but actually turned the Bulldogs over on downs near midfield on Bettendorf's next possession. But West's offense couldn't get going on the next drive and the Falcons surrendered a safety when the ball was snapped over punter Kyle Verdon's head.
When Bettendorf got the ball back, Cox hit Austin Cullor in stride down the sideline for a 61-yard touchdown pass on the first play of that possession.
The Bulldogs' defense, which surrendered a total of 25 yards in the first quarter, forced another punt and this time Bettendorf had to drive six plays to reach the end zone. Xavier LaDouceur scored from 11 yards out to put the Bulldogs up 22-0 with 5:21 left in the first quarter.
Malone came into the final game needing 155 yards to reach 1,000 for the season. Bettendorf had not given up 100 yards to an individual back all season. Malone finished with 64 yards on 19 carries. He was tackled seven times for a loss.
"(West's) Tirael Malone is a good back and good player and I thought we did a nice job on him," Wiley said.
O'Conner added another rushing touchdown in the second quarter and Matt Wolfe caught a touchdown pass from backup quarterback Jacob Wehr as Bettendorf led 35-7 at halftime. Dax Emerson had an 11-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter for the Bulldogs.
Dot Combs had a 3-yard scoring run for the Falcons (0-4, 0-9) in the second quarter.
West coach Jeremy Mosier said he proud his team battled through a rough season.
"I'm very proud of the senior's effort all year, you know, it's not easy to come out every week and every day in practice when things are going as they are," Mosier said. "We just have to battle and continue to work hard."