The Butler Bulldogs defeated Richmond Senior 48-21 Friday night in the third round of the 4AA football playoffs.  Butler played the visitor role to perfection for the seventh time this season, running their win-streak to 29 games. 

It was a jam-packed, standing room only stadium that had the Raider fans in a frenzy when Richmond’s Walter Ellerbe went up the middle for a 74-yard touchdown for the game’s first score.  That’s when Bulldogs’ Quarterback Riley Ferguson went to work.  Thanks to great protection from his offensive line, Ferguson orchestrated four first-half touchdown drives.  Butler took a 27-14 lead into the intermission.  Their offense continued their dominance in the third quarter, breaking the game open with a 29-yard touchdown reception by Channing Stribbling.

Ferguson’s passing totals were 19 of 27 for 254 yards and four touchdowns.

“We felt like we could throw the ball on them,” says Butler Head Coach Mike Newsome.  “We were hoping that the weather would hold off, and we threw the ball like we thought we could.”

Newsome knows that the Bulldogs’ potent passing attack would not be as effective without the consistency of running back Jahwan Edwards.

*Read the rest of the recap on Butler’s victory, plus a preview of the Bulldogs’ rematch with Vance in the December 2nd issue of The Mint Hill Times.