MATTHEWS The Butler offense was down to its last chance in overtime, facing a fourth-and-goal from the 11.
Butler junior quarterback Christian Peters made the biggest play of the game when his team needed it most, finding junior wide receiver Keyon Lesane for an 11-yard touchdown pass on the final play from scrimmage.
Bulldogs kicker Alex Harrell converted the extra point to give the Bulldogs (2-1) a 26-25 victory.
Providence (3-2) tied the game on the final play of regulation when Panthers senior quarterback Jack Cherry scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 9.4 seconds to play.
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Providence kicker Bryson Porzenski’s extra-point tied the game at 19 and sent it into overtime.
Providence scored on its first possession of overtime on another Cherry touchdown run from 5 yards out. A bad snap kept Porzenski from attempting a kick, giving the Panthers a 25-19 lead.
Butler appeared to have iced the game with Quasean Holmes’ 54-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the final quarter, but Harrell’s extra-point attempt was blocked, giving his team a 19-12 advantage.
Records: Butler is 2-1; Providence is 3-2.
Three who mattered
Nijere Peoples, Butler: The Bulldogs’ senior running back was big with 111 yards rushing on 18 carries, running over opposing players on nearly every carry.
Julian Boddie, Providence: Peoples’ counterpart, the Providence senior running back was the main man in his offense rushing for 168 yards on 28 carries, including clutch runs in the fourth quarter to help tie the game.
Keyon Lesane: The Butler junior had three catches for 57 yards, including the game-winning 11-yard touchdown catch on the final play of the game in overtime.
▪ Butler junior quarterback Christian Peters played most of the first three quarters, passing for 4-for-9 for 102 yards and a touchdown, when senior quarterback, Killian Wright took over late in the third quarter and for the entire fourth quarter. Peters returned to throw the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime.
▪ Butler has a strong running game. The Bulldogs rushed for 226 yards, led by Peoples’ 111 yards;Holmes rushed for 69.
▪ Providence lost its second game of the season in overtime; it also lost to Myers Park 41-38 on Sept. 4.
▪ Bulldogs senior Damel Hickman had a big impact on both sides of the ball, with a nifty 50-yard touchdown catch on offense and an interception on defense.
▪ Providence senior kicker Bryson Porzenski is a major weapon for the Panthers, making field goals of 51 and 37 yards.
Butler hosts Rocky River in its Southwestern 4A conference opener Friday. Providence hosts Ardrey Kell in its SoMeck7 conference opener the same night.