Despite Delano Little mistaking which player was wearing the No. 6 jersey for Butler— it was Jahwan Edwards and not Deion Walker—WBTV still has good highlights of the Bulldogs’ win last night over Vance. Walker resigned from the team earlier this season because of an off-the-field incident and Edwards was honoring his friend.
The Butler Bulldogs defeated Vance 44-24 on Friday to advance to the North Carolina 4AA football state championship game. The victory brings Butler’s win streak to 30 games overall, and puts them into the state title game for the second year in a row.
Jahwan Edwards was the player of the night, scoring three touchdowns on 27 carries. Edwards had over 200 yards rushing and receiving in the game.
Austin Stewart came up with a key interception in the third quarter for the Bulldogs. Later in the game Stewart returned a punt for a touchdown.
Butler will play Wake Forest-Rolesville for the state title on Saturday, Dec. 11. The game will take place at N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium. Kickoff is 11 a.m.
For more on Butler’s victory and a preview of their championship game, check out the December 9th issue of The Mint Hill Times.
Butler vs. Vance 7:30 at Bulldog Stadium
The Butler Bulldogs’ football team currently has a 29-game winning streak. They are the defending 4AA state champions, and are in the driver’s seat to repeat this season. While the Bulldogs have been putting up big point totals lately, it’s the tone the defensive unit sets each game that intimidates their opponents.
“We just stay focused,” says linebacker Stephan Amoah. “We don’t take any opponent lightly, no matter what their record is.”
Showing up for games and playing hard is not the only objective for Butler’s defensive players. It takes a lot of work in practice during each week to prepare for opponents. The players must learn formations and individual assignments for each play. After three hours of practice on the field there are film sessions in order to see the opponents’ tendencies in live action. These Bulldog defenders do their homework.
“Their goal is to shut down whoever we’re playing,” Head Coach Mike Newsome says. “They take great pride dominating an opponent. Coach Shaughnessy our defensive coordinator and our defensive coaches do a tremendous job game planning each week. On top of that we have great talent on the field.” Continue reading
The Butler girls’ basketball team improved their record to 3-0 with an 88-17 win at Vance on Tuesday. At one point in the first quarter the Bulldogs lead 35-0. Four Butler players finished in double figures including Jaymee Fisher-Davis, the game’
s high scorer with 22 points.
Even with the strong start, Head Coach Mark Sanders feels the team has room for improvement.
“Right now our main focus is on defense. At the end of the day the team with the best defense ends up winning the game.”
The Butler girls are the reigning state 4AA champions.
The Butler boys’ basketball team dropped a season-opening thriller in overtime on Tuesday. Vance defeated the Bulldogs 76-72.
Having only seven players in uniform, and facing a 15-point third quarter deficit, Butler rallied back. Marcus Burton nailed a game-tying 3-pointer with 19 seconds to play in regulation. Burton finished the game with 22 points. Anthony Stitt was the game high-scorer with 29, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Bulldogs to victory.
Head Coach Kurt Wessler felt this was a springboard game for his team.
“Every experience that we have like this is going to make us better down the stretch. To have to face the adversity we had was huge.”
The Butler basketball teams host Robinson High School on Monday and West Charlotte on Tuesday.
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.
The Richmond County Daily Journal today gives a slight nudge of motivation to its Richmond County Raiders, the team Butler faces Friday in the sectionals of the 4AA state playoffs. The paper mentions a Twitter post made by a Butler supporter in which he links back to the highlights of the September 11 Bulldog victory over the Raiders in the first game of the season. From The Richmond County Daily Journal – Rolling into third round:
The opponent? A familiar one: The Butler Bulldogs, defending Class 4AA state champions and the only team to defeat the Raiders in 2010 — a fact the Bulldogs seem to delight in highlighting, with a link on the team Web site and Twitter feed to video from the teams’ meeting Sept. 11 at Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, won by the Bulldogs, 21-7.