Bettendorf senior defensive end Tre Roland might come across as soft-spoken.
But his play, especially Friday night against Davenport West, came across loud and clear.
Roland recorded a pair of sacks and two tackles for loss in just one half as Bettendorf rolled past West, 48-3, in a Class 4A district contest at Brady Street Stadium.
The victory clinches a playoff berth for the Bulldogs (7-1 overall, 4-0 district) as Bettendorf earned at least a share of the district crown. It is Bettendorf's fifth-straight district title as the Bulldogs have yet to lose a game since district play started in 2014. Bettendorf returns to Brady Street on Thursday looking to win the district outright with a victory over Davenport Central in the regular-season finale.
Roland and the Bulldogs' defense had West quarterback Jacob Milem running for cover most of the game. Milem was sacked seven times during the contest and was pressured often as well by the defensive line, including Roland who had several QB pressures himself.
Roland said he employs several moves, including swim moves and jab-step moves with his feet to get around the offensive tackles. He said he worked hard in the offseason to gain 15 pounds of muscle to play at the listed weight of 195 pounds. But Roland added he also wanted to keep his agility even with the added weight.
"I wanted to get stronger, but I also wanted to stay fast," Roland said. "I just work hard in practice in every day and try to be coachable."
The two sacks gives Roland six for the season, and his tackles for loss now stands at eight. Roland and fellow defensive end Rocky Schoenfelder spent most of the game seeing who could get to Milem first. Schoenfelder also had a sack and numerous other tackles.
"We have the best ends in the state. We like to compete to see who can sack the quarterback," Roland said of working with Schoenfelder.
Bettendorf coach Aaron Wiley said Roland is making the most of his opportunity after having to play behind other good defensive players the last few seasons.
"We really like both our defensive ends, they are both athletic and Tre has worked really hard to get to this position," Wiley said. "He just had a really good off-season and this is the result. We are just try to do what everybody is doing during this time of year and that is get better."
The Bulldogs held the Falcons (2-6, 1-3) to a total of 132 yards for the game, including just 58 yards rushing on 28 attempts.
Bettendorf running back Austin Kalar took care of the offense for the visitors with three rushing touchdowns in the first half. Kalar played just the first half like many of the other Bettendorf starters and finished with 154 yards on the ground as the Bulldogs led 41-0 at the break.
Carter Bell had a rushing TD and also threw a short TD to Noah Abbott. Darien Porter had a 23-yard scoring run, and sophomore Oliver Bakeris recovered a fumbled West punt in the end zone for another score. Keegan Schmidt kicked five extra points for the winners.
Adam Gibson kicked a 27-yard field goal for the hosts late in the contest. Despite the outcome, West coach Justin Peters said he was proud of how his team fought the entire game. The Falcons still have a chance at three victories for the season when they travel to Cedar Rapids Washington to close things out next week. If they can reach three wins, it would tie the 2015 team that also went 3-6.
"In the past, we have gone against teams that have been at the top of the state, and by halftime, we have stopped playing. But we did not do that at all and we kept playing through the entire game," Peters said. "In fact, by the end of the game the boys were enjoying seeing some of these other guys get in. It was awesome."