Butler Tops Garden City (Recap)

Traditionally the match-ups between Butler and Garden City have been in one of two forms: either an offensive shootout or a classic defensive battle. Saturday night the offenses were in high gear to the total of 1,178 yards and 93 points.

The Butler offense exploded on the Broncbusters for 647 yards on the way to a convincing 62-31 win Saturday night in Garden City. The 62 points were the most allowed by Garden City since 1949.

Butler would jump on the Busters scoring touchdowns on 5 of their 8 first half possessions to take a 34-17 lead into the halftime locker room. The Grizzlies used big plays to close out the first half. With Butler leading 28-17 late in the second quarter, the Broncbusters tried a double pass that Soph. FS Toddrick Verdell intercepted at the goal line. Verdell returned the interception 100 yards for an apparent touchdown, however a couple of Grizzly penalties on the return gave the BUCO offense the ball at their own 24 yard line. Two plays later Fr. QB Paul Eck would connect with Fr. WR Wallace Franklin on a 76 yard bomb to account for the final scoring of the first half. The trend continued as the Grizzlies scored on their final four drives to put away the ballgame and run their consecutive conference winning streak to an even 40 games including the playoffs.

The BCC offense was sparked by the return of Soph. RB Kenny Wilson. The Liberal, Kansas native carried the ball 17 times for 226 yards and scored 3 touchdowns on runs of 9, 33 and 39 yards. QB Paul Eck was only 9 of 22 passing but threw for 337 yards and 5 touchdowns. Seven different receivers caught balls on the night averaging 37 yards per catch. The Grizzly offensive line had their best night on the young season. Leading the way were sophomores OC Mike Davison and OT Sherrone Moore grading out at 95% and 91% respectively. The Grizzlies amassed their 647 yards on only 58 plays for an 11.2 yards per play average.

Defensively, the Grizzlies were led by Soph. CB Elbert Mack who was brilliant. Mack had 8 solo tackles, 3 assists, and 2 tackles for loss of 4 yards. Soph. MLB Vernon Smith led the linebacking corps with 6 unassisted tackles, added 5 assists, and had 2 tfl's for a loss of 5 yards. Soph. DE Elton Shackleford had 6 unassisted tackles, 2 assists, 1 QB sack and caused a fumble. All total the defense collected 4 QB sacks and caused 3 turnovers.

The Grizzlies return to the friendly confines of Galen Blackmore stadium this Saturday to take on the Fort Scott Greyhounds. Game time is set for 7 pm.


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