Markel Moore rushed 24 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns Friday as the Butler Bulldogs remain perfect with a 34-12 win over West Charlotte. Hawatha Bell and Jawaun Edwards rushed for two touchdowns a piece as the Bulldogs beat the Lions for the first time in school history.
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Photo: Mark Sward swardpics.com
West Charlotte beat Butler last season, but the win was forfeited because of eligibility issues.
This season, Butler got a lead and didn’t relinquish it. The defense allowed two West Charlotte touchdowns, but shut down the Lions speedy offense in the fourth quarter. On two consecutive drives, the Lions went backwards and were forced to punt.
Moore scored his two touchdowns in the first quarter, piling up 70 yards on eight carries, but West Charlotte came back in the third quarter capped by a 45-yard run up the middle by sophomore running back Scoot Simmons. That’s all the Lions could muster as the Bulldogs clamped down in the fourth quarter and moved to 4-0 on the season.
- Last season West Charlotte stunned a star-studded Bulldog team by beating them in week 4. This season coach Mike Newsome had his players prepared to get a lead and hang on to it. This team maybe the Bulldog’s best ever.
- West Charlotte’s band is awesome. They have even been known to sneak in some songs while the opponent is running its offense. But Friday night they played when West Charlotte had the ball, causing the West Charlotte team 3 consecutive false starts. It was so bad the announcer in the press box had to radio someone to tell the band to stop playing.
- Bulldog sophomore quarterback Christian LeMay (#12) was just six of 16 for 84 yards. He managed the game well and when his accuracy improves, he will be lethal.
- Junior Nate Charest (#5) had an interception and several key pass deflections. Oh, and he also returned punts and was placeholder on kicks.
- West Charlotte has several young players who played well Friday night. Jalen “Scoot” Simmons (#2) had a huge 45 yard touchdown and QB Ahmad Brown (#15) looked sharp. They are both sophomores.
- Speaking of WC players, junior Daron Goodman (#66) was a beast on the D-line. It helps when you’re 260 pounds.
Butler scored often in the first and fourth quarters. Unfortunately the video was shot in the second and third quarters. But here goes: