CLINTON — The Clinton River Kings will take their shot at the No. 1 team in the state Friday night when perennial power Bettendorf visits Coan Field for Clinton’s homecoming game.

“We get a chance to see how we measure up,” Clinton coach Lee Camp said. “Not everybody gets to play No. 1.

“You try to approach it as another good football team and try to downplay the mystique. We have to concentrate on what we need to do instead of what they do.”

The Bulldogs are 5-0 and have outscored their opponents 229-43. They are averaging 45.8 points per game and allowing just 8.6 points points per contest.

Clinton enters with a mark of 2-3 after two straight wins over Pleasant Valley and Davenport Central. The River Kings are averaging 19.2 points and allowing 29.6 per game.

Bettendorf opened the season with a 62-0 thrashing of Davenport West, then a 50-0 romp over Davenport North.

In Week 3 the Bulldogs had their only true test thus far when they edged Davenport Assumption 21-13. Bettendorf followed that with impressive wins over Burlington (49-20) and Muscatine (47-10).

The Bulldogs own the Mississippi Athletic Conference’s top defense, allowing just 193 yards per game. They have held opponents to just over 61 yards per game on the ground and just less than 132 yards per game through the air.

The River Kings are seventh in the MAC in defense, allowing 339 yards per game — 162 rushing and 177 passing.

Bettendorf is ranked sixth in the MAC offensively, averaging 335 yards per game. It has rushed for 926 yards (185.2 average) and passed for 747 yards (149.4 average).

Clinton is also seventh in the conference on offense, averaging 259 yards per game. The Kings average 137.4 yards passing and 121.2 yards rushing.

The Bulldogs boast the league’s top rusher in Jake Eikenberry, who has 551 yards on 78 attempts for a 7.1-yard average.

Clinton’s David Johnson is fifth in the MAC in rushing with 492 yards on 95 carries (5.2 average).

Bettendorf quarterback Danny Tharp has piled up 747 yards on just 40 completions. He has 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.

River Kings QB Jordan Camp is 60-for-129 for 687 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions.

“Bettendorf is real disciplined,” coach Camp said. “They have tremendous depth and size on both sides of the ball. Eikenberry does a tremendous job running the ball. Obviously we’re going to have to counter their run. They run to set up the pass.

“They bring the ball right at you. We’ll have to do some run blitzing to counter that. With their size up front on defense we’ll have to use some play-action and try to get on the edge. Coming off a couple wins we know we’re playing better.

“We’ve got some confidence. We can’t afford to make mistakes. We have to do all the little things right. We’ve got to get off to a good start and set a tone that we’re going to be there for the long haul. Trying to come from behind could be difficult.”

Coach Camp indicated that starting offensive lineman Robbie Cullen and starting linebacker Justin Faur are sidelined. Cullen remains out with a kidney ailment while Faur is out with an ankle injury.

The River Kings’ players that were suspended for the past three games will be back in action Friday.