Butler got a big scare Friday night from Myers Park but hung on for a 28-20 Southwestern 4A conference victory at Myers Park.
Trailing 14-10 late in the third quarter, the Mustangs had a first-and-goal at Butler’s 5-yard line, own. but the Bulldogs held and Myers Park had to settle for a field goal. That was as close as the Mustangs would get.
Give Butler credit. When the Bulldogs saw their lead drop to 14-13, they clicked into a higher gear. Butler (7-1, 3-0) would score touchdowns on two of its next three possessions to lead 28-10. With 1:15 to go in the fourth quarter, Myers Park scored to cut the lead to 28-20.
The Mustangs (2-5, 0-2) could not recover the onsides kick, and the Bulldogs ran out the clock.
“We’ve played such a difficult schedule, and we’ve been in this position before,” Butler coach Brian Hales said. “The kids know that they can respond and how to respond. We came down and were really physical, and I thought our kids did a great job with that.”
Butler quarterback Anthony Ratliff-Williams was 14-of-19 for for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Bulldogs running back Benjamin Lemay rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries and scored on runs of 10 and 5 yards.
Leading Bulldogs receiver Alex Barrow had great chemistry with Ratliff-Williams, hauling in six passes for 84 yards. “We practice a lot, and we practice at game speed,” Barrow said. “We put ourselves in a hole tonight so we had to come out strong (in the second half) and keep pounding.”
The Bulldogs’ 28 points tied for their season low. The Mustangs also forced four fumbles, which helped them stay in the game.
Running back Dominique Summerville was a big part of the Myers Park offense, rushing for 111 yards on 18 carries. He scored on runs 38 and 10 yards. Mustangs quarterback Clay Norris put the ball up early and often, completing 21 of 39 passes for 224 yards.
Would Myers Park coach Scott Chadwick look at this game as a moral victory?
“I told the kids after the game that I would have been a lot happier had we won, but I don’t know if it was possible for me to be more prouder of them,” Chadwick said. “I thought our effort was outstanding.”