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Nate Charest scores the winning touchdown as the Bulldogs defeat Richmond County 38-31.
By Tim Long
The Mint Hill Times
Photos by Mark Sward swardpics.com
It looked bleak for the Butler Bulldogs at the beginning of the fourth quarter in Friday’s win over defending state champs Richmond County in Rockingham. The Bulldogs fell behind 31-17 when Quayshawn Dumas caught a six-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tedarrius Wiley with 11 minutes left in the game. Up to that point, the Raiders had scored on every series of the game except the first, and Butler looked like it might have a long drive back home.
Then came big plays on offense, and the defense which looked like a new team, and Bulldogs pulled out an improbably 38-31 win.
Coach Mike Newsome said he had to pick his team up after the Raiders took the two-touchdown lead.
“We (the coaching staff) had to get on them a little bit about not being ready to play,” Newsome said. “We had to show them that all we needed was one play. And once we scored the touchdown in the fourth quarter, they realized we can make it happen.”
The Bulldogs needed just three plays before Anthony Short caught a 19 yard touchdown pass form Christian LeMay to make it a 31-24 game. The defense then did its part, forcing the Raiders to turn the ball over on downs, and setting up another scoring drive.
“Our defense came out in the second half and shut down a really, really good offense,” Newsome said. “I thought they played tremendously in the second half and allowed us to make the big plays on offense.” […]