[singlepic=333,320,240,,left]The Butler Bulldogs bounced back from their first loss of the season to cross-town rival Independence last Friday and took out Davie County 24-0 in the first round of the state 4A playoffs.  The Bulldogs were the more dominant team and held the War Eagles to just 12 total yards of offense in the first half despite having three starters miss the game due to injuries.  Deshaun McCutchen, defensive standout Hawatha Bell and starting tailback Markel Moore all were out, but Butler had plenty of firepower left to cruise to an easy victory. (Photos by Mark Sward swardpics.com)
[singlepic=334,320,240,,right]The defense was great all night and intercepted Davie County quarterback Zach Illing three times, forced a fumble and recorded three sacks.  The defense limited the War Eagles to 115 total yards for the game.
“Our defense has been phenomenal all year long,” said Butler head coach Mike Newsome.  “They were upset that they gave up some points last week and came out with a reckless abandon and threw a shutout against a very good Davie County team.”
Halfback Jawaun Edwards wore down the War Eagles defense and finished with 111 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries despite playing on an injured ankle.
“Jawaun stepped up and played well,” Newsome said.  “He had to play hurt because we didn’t have another running back so he just had to keep playing.”
Anthony Short added 63 yards on nine carries for the Bulldogs.  Quarterback Christian LeMay completed just six of 17 passes and was held to 85 yards through the air.  He failed to complete any of his five second half passes, but Edwards was able to carry the load offensively.
The Bulldogs started the scoring with a four yard run by Edwards in the first quarter.  Deion Walker added a seven yard touchdown run later in the first quarter to give Butler a 14-0 halftime lead.  Kyle Searles connected on a 34-yard third quarter field goal, and Edwards capped off the scoring in the fourth quarter with a three yard run.
Davie County was led by halfback James Mayfield, who finished with 26 carries for 83 yards.  Illing completed 6-15 passes and finished the game with 32 passing yards.
The loss ends the War Eagles season and moves their record to 7-5.  The Bulldogs improve to 11-1, and wait to face the winner of the Providence and Garinger game that will be made up tomorrow.butler3.jpg