Keegan Glaus had no qualms with Bettendorf’s football team going for a two-point conversion and the win in overtime Friday night.
“I like that decision,” Glaus said. “We felt we could get it.”
With an offensive line that was improving throughout the game and Glaus averaging more than 6 yards per rush in the second half, the odds were certainly in Bettendorf’s favor. The Bulldogs just couldn’t execute the snap.
A bad snap resulted in a failed conversion and Class 4A third-ranked Cedar Rapids Washington escaped with a 28-27 non-district victory over ninth-ranked Bettendorf at TouVelle Stadium.
“Do you second guess going for two? I thought we had them worn down,” Bettendorf coach Aaron Wiley said. “We screwed up the snap, but I felt like we could score on that play. It didn’t work.
“They made one more play than we did.”
Both teams turned the ball over three times. Both schools made the other pay for their mistakes.
Ultimately, it came down to a game inside the opponents 10-yard line.
Washington (3-0) went to a play call it hadn’t run all season on the first snap of overtime. Lined up in an I-formation, the Warriors dragged tight end Rane Weiland across the field and he caught a Bryan Kunde pass for a 10-yard score. Washington added the point-after to go in front, 28-21.
“It was a play we pulled out of the old bag,” Washington coach Paul James said. “It came from the 1978 Notre Dame and Michigan game, but we’ve run it for a long time ever since then. Just not this year.”
Glaus admitted the call caught the Bulldogs by surprise.
“We didn’t anticipate that,” he said. “We expected a run. We just didn’t get over the top (of the receiver).”
Glaus, who had 116 yards rushing and three touchdowns, answered with a score on a 1-yard plunge.
Bettendorf (1-2) immediately made the decision to go for two. Glaus was lined up to take the snap and run it in, but a botched snap squelched the opportunity.
“Both teams showed a lot of grit, guts and heart,” James said. “We were fortunate. I give our guys credit considering how good Bettendorf stopped us in the first half.”
The Warriors had a 13-7 lead at halftime despite recording only one first down and 55 yards of offense. Travis Metzger recovered a fumble for a score, and Washington capitalized on another turnover with a 55-yard pass play from Kunde to Cade Saylor.
"Can't spot that many points to a good team like that," Wiley said.
Bettendorf chipped away and snared a 14-13 lead late in the third quarter. Glaus lost the ball just before crossing the goal and lineman Kamrin Arons recovered in the end zone for the score. Washington responded with a touchdown and two-point conversion to go in front 21-14.
Set up by a 41-yard pass from JMichael Young to Suni Lane, Bettendorf evened the contest with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter.
Washington had an opportunity to win it at the end of regulation, but Andrew Hammer’s 48-yard field goal try was wide left. It resulted in overtime.
Young had 63 yards on the ground and 82 yards passing. Besides the three turnovers, Bettendorf was whistled for 11 penalties for 71 yards.
“They’re a great team and we knew we had a slim margin for error,” Wiley said. “They made mistakes, we made mistakes.
“It was a great football game. If we take care of the things we need to take care of, maybe we’ll see them again (in the playoffs). They’re very talented and have got a great defense.”
Cedar Rapids Washington 28, Bettendorf 27 (OT)
CRW — Travis Metzger 15 fumble recovery (kick failed), 4:17
CRW — Cade Saylor 55 pass from Bryan Kunde (Andrew Hammer kick), 11:39
Bett — Keegan Glaus 10 run (Seth Ward kick), 1:01
Bett — Kamrin Arons fumble recovery in end zone (Justin Wehr kick), 2:41
CRW — O’Rien Vance 18 run (Vance run), 0:52
Bett — Glaus 1 run (Wehr kick), 3:15
CRW — Rane Weiland 10 pass from Kunde (Hammer kick)
Bett — Glaus 1 run (run failed)
Rushing — Washington, O’Rien Vance 5-45, James Baugh 3-5, Connor Malcolm 10-2, Drew Dostel 1-4, Keiyon Smith-Allen 1-2, Bryan Kunde 4-(-10), Team 1-(-2). Bettendorf, Keegan Glaus 25-116, JMichael Young 23-63, Nijel McIntosh 2-12, Suni Lane 1-5, Team 1-0.
Passing — Washington, Kunde 11-29-1, 165 yards. Bettendorf, Young 10-22-0, 82 yards.
Receiving — Washington, Cade Saylor 2-62, Smith-Allen 3-44, Dostel 2-42, Rane Weiland 1-10, Nick Bjornsen 1-5, Brayden Eckhart 2-2. Bettendorf, Lane 3-46, Ben Wilson 2-20, Glaus 2-10, Ryan Fall 1-5, Josiah Graves 1-1, McIntosh 1-0.
Sophomores: Bettendorf 27, Cedar Rapids Washington 0