The Butler Bulldogs got off to a slow start–as they have all season–but cruised in the second half with big plays from the offense, and a swarming defense in the win over Ardrey Kell.

Anthony Short scored on 9 and 83 yard touchdown runs and quarterback Christian LeMay was 12-24 for 206 yards and two touchdowns.

Coach Mike Newsome said the defense has been the key to the offense’s success.

“Part of our scoring is going toward our defense playing so well and giving us good field position,” he said.

It was the defense that set the tone for the game. The Bulldogs allowed the Knights beyond the 20 yard line just one time for the game, a 70 yard touchdown reception by sophomore Justus Pickett.

In the last two games, the Bulldogs have given up three touchdowns of more than 60 yards.

“They’ve been catching us at the wrong times,” Newsome said of opponents.

Allonte Tuppins and Jawaun Edwards had two sacks apiece for the second consecutive game, and Kyle Searles kicked a 34 yard field goal.

The win keeps Butler perfect for the season at 6-0.