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Unbeaten Butler is Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 football champ

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

Unbeaten and nationally ranked, Butler is the 2012 Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 football champion.

Butler started the season No. 1 and never left its perch as it completed one of the more dominant seasons in Mecklenburg County history.

The Bulldogs beat Fayetteville Britt 56-28 in the N.C. 4AA championship and led by as many as 42 points. Only three of Butler’s 15 opponents scored more than 14 points. Ten scored seven points or fewer.

Butler beat nationally ranked Mallard Creek 27-6 to start the season and polished off a dominant regular season despite playing without All-America quarterback Riley Ferguson for six games.

In the playoffs, with Ferguson back, Butler beat Independence, East Forsyth and Mallard Creek in consecutive weeks – effectively beating three of the state’s top 10 teams – before wiping out Britt in the championship final.

“It was a special run,” second-year coach Brian Hales said moments after winning the state title in Chapel Hill. “This is what these kids wanted from Day One. And you know what? They worked their tails off, and they went and got it.”

Final Sweet 16 poll

Rk. School (Class) Rec.
1.Butler (4A)15-0
2. Mallard Creek (4A)12-2
3.East Lincoln (2A)16-0
4.Charlotte Catholic (3A)13-2
5.Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)12-3
6.Porter Ridge (4A)13-2
7.Rock Hill South Pointe (4A)12-2
8. Independence (4A)10-3
9.South Iredell (2A)14-2
10.Statesville (3A)13-2
11.South Point (3A)12-1
12.Crest (3A)10-3
13.Charlotte Christian (IND)9-3
14.Concord (3A)13-3
15.Albemarle (1A)13-2
16.York, S.C. (4A)10-3

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