Butler Handles Dodge City Easily

DODGE CITY, Kan. - The Butler football team opened Jayhawk Conference play with a dominating 51-7 win over Dodge City in Memorial Stadium on Saturday, scoring 38 unanswered points to finish the game.

The Grizzlies started slowly offensively, but led 13-0 following a 2-yard touchdown run by Ricky Jacques and a screen pass from quarterback Ross Dausin to tailback Rico Brazil, who ran 62 yards for the second touchdown.

With 53 seconds left in the first half, Dodge City got its only touchdown on a 35-yard pass from quarterback Justin Heard to receiver Curtis Rice. That made the score 13-7 and seemed to give Dodge City the momentum.

That momentum didn't last long, however. Butler's Dontel Watkins returned the ensuing kickoff 37 yards, and on the next play from scrimmage, Dausin threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Kennard, giving the Grizzlies a 20-7 lead at halftime.

Dodge couldn't stop Butler after that. In the third quarter, the Grizzlies scored on a 1-yard run by Dalando Henderson, a 24-yard pass from Dausin to Kennard and a 15-yard pass from Dausin to Rico Brazil.

In the fourth, Butler added a Logan Ortiz field goal and a 51-yard touchdown run by Lavelle Maddox.

Butler was able to strike quickly on its touchdown drives. Only one lasted longer than a minute, with the Grizzlies scoring on the first play of a drive three times. The Grizzlies rolled up 499 yards of total offense, including 258 yards rushing. Lavelle Maddux led the way on the ground, with five carries for 80 yards, one of three Butler runners with at least 55 yards in the game. Quarterback Ross Dausin threw four touchdown passes - two each to Marcus Kennard and to Rico Brazil - and completed 13 of 29 passes for 241 yards.

The defense dominated Dodge City, holding the Conquistadors to just 152 yards of total offense, an average of 2.3 yards per play. The Grizzlies forced five turnovers - including three fumbles and two interceptions, one each by Darron Edwards and Beau Bird. Cornelius Carradine led Butler with nine tackles, including four for loss.

Butler improves to 1-1 overall on the season and is 1-0 in Jayhawk Conference play. Butler will play its home opener next Saturday when the Grizzlies face rival Garden City in a 7 p.m. game at Wichita State's Cessna Stadium. Tickets are available online at www.butlercc.edu or in person at the WSU ticket office in Koch Arena, or on Butler campus locations in Andover and El Dorado.

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