Bettendorf's Nijel McIntosh looks for room to run during last week's state quarterfinal game against North Scott. McIntosh is closing in on 1,200 yards for the season. 


Class 4A semifinal

Who: No. 4 Bettendorf (10-1) vs. No. 1 Iowa City West (11-0)

When: Friday, 4:06 p.m.

Where: UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls


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At stake: Winner advances to championship game next Friday at 7:05 p.m. against Dowling Catholic or Ankeny Centennial. 

How they got here: Bettendorf beat Pleasant Valley (28-14) and North Scott (31-21). Iowa City West throttled Cedar Rapids Washington (49-7) and upended Cedar Falls (27-9). 

Playoff history: Winner of seven state-sanctioned titles, Bettendorf is in the semifinals for the fourth time in the last five years. The Bulldogs are vying to reach the final for the first time since 2011. Iowa City West, with state titles in 1995, '98 and '99, was the 4A state runner-up last year.

Bettendorf statistical leaders: Passing — Carter Bell 87-124-0, 1303 yards, 17 TDs; Rushing — Nijel McIntosh 141-1153-17, Bell 99-707-14; Receiving — Ben Wilson 39-611-5, Darien Porter 8-239-4; Tackles — Jatten Kuhrt 59, Alex Blizzard 57.5, Rocky Schoenfelder 43; Sacks — Schoenfelder 8.5, Desani Carter 5, Kuhrt 3; Interceptions — Dustin Harris 4, Blake Rollinger 2.

Iowa City West statistical leaders: Passing — Evan Flitz 156-225-3, 2347 yards, 26 TDs; Rushing — Trumell Roberts 80-738-6, Andre White 89-559-5, Flitz 91-558-10; Receiving — Traevis Buchanan 59-949-13, Jalen Gaudet 36-558-4, Austin West 12-255-3; Tackles — Roberts 54, Dillon Doyle 44.5, Cole Mabry 44; Sacks — Dillon Shephard 7, Jason Strunk 4.5, Josh Halverson 3; Interceptions — Austin West 2, Jackson Steburg 2.

Key stat: Bettendorf has a plus-14 turnover margin for season. Iowa City West is plus-8. 


Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.