Independence rolls Butler 42-31

[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.”

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Bulldogs bury Warriors 57-14

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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

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Butler-South Meck game notes

  • 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
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Bulldogs stuff Sabres

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

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Butler football game notes

[singlepic=238,320,240,,left]Butler had to come from behind Friday night to beat East Meck 20-10. To view awesome photos of the game like the one above, go to swardpics.com.

Game notes:

• Despite the rain for most of the day and night, the turf on the field held up well. The rain also didn’t prevent fans from attending the game. East Meck fans filled the visitor’s side–the biggest showing by an a opponent’s fans this season.

Robert Blanton, watching the game from the sidelines, was overheard saying he wishes he could be out there playing for the Bulldogs. Continue reading

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