Aviators amass 406 total yards and held Tecumseh to four first downs.
VANDALIA — Butler got little sleep on Friday night while waiting to get back to Memorial Field to play Tecumseh in a game that was postponed to Saturday morning due to a thunderstorm. The Aviators didn’t need much rest to beat Tecumseh.
Butler scored less than two minutes into the game and had no problem moving the ball in a 52-0 win against Tecumseh on Saturday.
“We were ready to go last night,” Butler quarterback Chandler Craine said. “It was unfortunate, but we came back this morning and got the job done.”
Getting the job done may not be credit enough for Butler’s performance. The Aviators (2-0) dominated Tecumseh (0-2) in every aspect of the game. They outgained the Arrows 406 yards to 88 and had 23 first downs to Tecumseh’s four. Butler also recovered two fumbles and intercepted one pass.
“We performed well in every aspect of the game,” Butler head coach Greg Bush said. “I don’t have anything negative to say at all. I’m sure there’s areas we can improve, but the kids did what we coached them to do very well and gave us great results.”
Butler led 16-0 at the end of the first quarter and 38-0 at halftime. Craine threw for 98 yards and two touchdowns, while Logan Flatt ran for 114 and three scores.
Tecumseh head coach Kent Massie praised Butler after the game and said the team should continue to perform well the rest of the season. Though Massie said Tecumseh was overmatched, he was disappointed with his team’s effort.
“The disappointing thing for me is that our kids didn’t compete,” Massie said. “I thought our kids gave up, and that’s not a typical Tecumseh team. I’m pretty disappointed in our older guys for giving up and not playing hard the entire time they were in there.”
After forcing a three-and-out on Butler’s first drive, Clay Mastin fumbled a punt at Tecumseh’s 10-yard line. Butler recovered, and the Aviators scored immediately on a 10-yard run by Nic Martin. Butler made a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead. The quick turn in Butler’s favor set the tone for the game.
Play of the Game
Butler freshman Aaron Fields’ first career catch was a great one. Craine threw to Fields in the back corner of the end zone on a short pass late in the second quarter. Fields was tightly defended by Mastin, a starting defensive back. Fields jumped over Mastin and caught the pass in the air. Mastin tackled Fields as he fell to the ground, but Fields held on to the six-yard touchdown catch. The score boosted Butler’s lead to 38-0 at halftime.
Former assistant coaches honored
Butler and Tecumseh honored their respective former defensive coordinators’ families during halftime on Saturday. Both Butler assistant Mike Berry and Tecumseh assistant Tuffy Thompson died last spring after battling cancer.
The schools hung two large banners in Butler’s west end zone that featured pictures of the coaches. Butler’s public address announcer read a statement that honored the coaches and offered condolences to both families.
Tecumseh head coach Kent Massie:
“As far as things that Vandalia did other than making plays, they were able to hurry up and run a quick strike on offense. They got a lot of plays off really fast, almost right after the officials blew their whistle.
“Our defense could not get lined up, could not look over and get the signal. That’s lackadaisical on their part. I’ll shoulder that responsibly and make sure that doesn’t happen again. That’s my fault. We’ll take care of that in practice this week. That will not happen again.”
- Tecumseh held Butler scoreless in the red zone once when the Aviators missed a field goal late in the second quarter.
- Butler doesn’t play at Memorial Field again until it hosts Sidney in a GWOC North game on Oct. 9.
- Tecumseh has lost its last eight games.
After losing to two larger GWOC teams , Tecumseh will face smaller schools the next three weeks. Bellbrook travels to Tecumseh next week, and the Arrows then play at home against Graham (1-1) in week four and at Urbana (0-2) in week five.
Butler travels to Wilmington next Friday for a rematch of last season’s 32-28 Hurricanes win. Wilmington secured last season’s win on a touchdown with one minute left in the game.