MINT HILL, NC – The Butler Bulldogs, coming off a last-minute loss to Myers Park last week, looked tuned up and ready for their arch-rivals the Independence Patriots on Friday night and came away with a 42-0 conference win on their senior night.
The Bulldogs took the opening kickoff and marched down the field for a touchdown with 9:20 left in the first quarter. After Butler’s touchdown, neither team could mount any offense, and the quarter ended with Butler leading Indy 7-0.
In the second quarter, Indy’s Arnold Taylor passed to Cyrus Sanders getting the ball down to Butler’s 7-yard line. But the Bulldogs’ defense held, and Butler took over on downs on their own 4-yard line with 5:38 left in the first half.
Butler moved the ball down the field to Indy’s 11-yard line and scored on a pass into the end zone making the score 14-0 with 1:07 showing on the clock.
The Patriots fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and the Bulldogs recovered on Indy’s 8-yard line. With 36.6 seconds left in the half, Butler pushed the ball into the end zone and took a 21-0 half-time lead.
The Patriots received the second-half kick off on their own 20-yard line and moved the ball out to the 40-yard line before having to punt. Indy’s punter Alex Collins pinned the Bulldogs back on its own 9-yard line with 9:41 to go in the third quarter. But Butler’s offense drove the ball down the field for the score with 6:43 left in the period to take a 28-0 lead.
Butler’s kickoff was ruled dead in the end zone, and Indy took over on its own 20-yard line where Indy’s offense started their second drive of the night.
Indy’s quarterback Arnold Taylor got the offense moving with a pass to Divine Allah for a first down. After Bryson Tisdale picked up another first down, Amari Hakeem ran the ball down to Butler’s 3-yard line. However, the Bulldogs held, and Indy turned the ball over on downs on its 6-yard line with 2:49 remaining in the third. Indy’s defense forced the Bulldogs to punt and the Patriots got the ball back on Butler’s 41-yard line. After Arnold Taylor completed a pass to Bryson Tisdale for a first down, Taylor’s next pass was intercepted at Butler’s 15-yard line and returned to its own 28-yard line as the third quarter came to an end.
With 8:11 to go in the final period, the Bulldogs scored on a quarterback keeper around the left end to make the score 35-0. The Bulldogs were not finished with their arch-rivals. With 2:45 left in the game, Butler scored for the final time in the contest to make the final score 42-0.
In the third loss of this shortened season, the Patriots posted 231 yards of total offense with 198 passing and 33 yards rushing.