The Butler High School Army JROTC Battalion and the Matthews American Legion Post 235 are hosting a Veterans’ Day ceremony to honor U.S. Veterans on Tuesday, November 11. The event will take place[singlepic=320,180,100,,right] in Stumptown Park, South Trade Street in Matthews. The Butler H.S. JROTC Battalion along with JROTC units from Sun Valley, Providence, and East Mecklenburg high schools will honor each branch of the United States Armed Forces and with Post 235 pay tribute to veterans from World War II to the present. The ceremonies which begin at 11 am will also include a special memorial to SGT Joshua Blaney, U.S. Army. SGT Blaney, a graduate of Butler High School, was killed in action while serving our country in Afghanistan.
[singlepic=318,320,240,,left]If there was any question who the best football team was in Mint Hill and North Carolina, those doubts were put to rest Friday night as Independence beat the previous undefeated Butler 42-31. The Patriots solidified their No. 1 state ranking and are the hands-down favorite to win its 8th state title in nine years. Independence is now 10-0 on the season, while Butler fell to 10-1,
It wasn’t the prettiest performance of the year by the Patriots. On the first play of the game they fumbled at the seven yard line. But Butler couldn’t capitalize and had to settle for a Kyle Searles field goal. The Patriots were also called for several key penalties, and the defense gave up the most points of the season. Quarterback Anthony Carrothers threw a key interception to Nate Charest which was returned to the 1-yard-line.
“It wasn’t his best game of the season,” Coach Tom Knotts said of Carrothers, “but he’ll bounce back.”
To get you ready, here’s highlights of Butler’s 57-14 win over Weddington courtesy of butlerhighfootball.com.
Here’s video of Independence’s 49-3 win over West Charlotte:
Finally, here’s video of last year’s Butler win over Independence:
Photo: Mark Sward swardpics.com
With a showdown against Independence lurking next week, could it be that the Butler Bulldogs would overlook a winless Weddington team heading into Friday night’s game? Not this time. The Bulldogs proved they are one of the best teams in the state by overpowering Weddington 57-14. Continue reading
- For the second consecutive week, a Butler player ran over two opposing players in the open field on his way to the end zone. Last week Jawaun Edwards took out East Meck players; Friday, quarterback Christian LeMay[singlepic=267,320,240,,right] bowled over two South Meck players on his way for 6 points. Both players are just sophomores. ALL PHOTOS BY Mark Sward swardpics.com.
- The Bulldogs are 9-0 for the first time in school history and with just one game left–next week at Weddington–a November 7 showdown with an undefeated Independence at Memorial Stadium looks likely. Continue reading
It’s been the scene all season for Butler. Opponents have a couple of big plays early and jump out to an first half lead. South Meck did it to Butler on Friday night. Thanks to two long runs by running backs Tim Palmer[singlepic=258,240,160,,right] and Spencer Shuey, the Sabres took a 13-0 lead in the first quarter. That’s all they could manage, however, as the Bulldogs came back for a 28-13 win.
Butler moved to 9-0 on the season while South Meck fell to 4-5.
Sophomore Jawaun Edwards continued his recent strong play, scoring two touchdowns while recording two tackles for a loss. Quarterback Christian LeMay, also a sophomore, was 8-18 and 98 yards passing, but it was his 39 yard touchdown run in the third quarter that put the game away.
The Sabres scored on their first two drives of the game, the first coming with just 1:58 seconds into the first quarter. Shuey rushed for more than 100 yards, including a 62 yard run setting up the Sabres second score. But the Bulldog defense stiffened after the first quarter, not allowing the Sabres in the red zone the rest of the game. The defense had more sacks (7) than Sabre quarterback Keith Cody had completions (3). Senior Bulldog Eric Connor had three sacks.
PHOTO BY MARK SWARD swardpics.com