[singlepic=143,320,240,,left]Butler football got off to a rough start Friday as Berry scored on a 72-yard touchdown pass to freshman Germone Hopper on the second play of the game. The Bulldogs quickly settled down, however, and cruised to a convincing win.

Eight Bulldogs scored touchdowns on the evening. By the second half, coach Mike Newsome played second and third stringers the rest of the game.The win makes Butler 3-0 for the season, setting up a showdown next Friday against West Charlotte.



(Photos by mark sward)

Markel Moore ran for 38 yards on six carries and a touchdown, Jawaun Edwards had 42 yards on three carries and a touchdown, and Anthony Short had two carries for 37 yards and a touchdown.

Sophomore quarterback Christian LeMay was 1-6 passing and a touchdown.

Defensively, Hawatha Bell had an interception for a touchdown, and Tyler Bullock scored on a blocked punt. The defense held Berry to just 84 yards for the game, including the 72-yard touchdown in the first quarter.


  • Butler dressed more than 57 players for the game; Berry had 35 players. The Cardinals looked more like a JV team with 13 freshmen and 10 sophomores on the roster.
  • Berry’s Germone Hopper scored both of the Cardinal touchdowns, one on a 72 yard reception, and the other a 95 yard kickoff return. And he’s just a freshman.
  • For the second consecutive week, the opponent jumped out to a touchdown lead against Butler. Last week, Vance returned an interception for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.
  • Three quarterbacks took snaps for the Bulldogs: sophomore Christian LeMay, junior Jay Hitselberger and senior Mick Zubel.
  • The score could have been much worse. Nate Charest returned a punt for a touchdown that was called back because of penalty; and in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs drove to the one yard line but elected not to run the score up.