Butler converted three of Olympic’s four first-half mistakes into touchdowns Friday night and overwhelmed the host Trojans 44-0 in the season opener for both teams.
The Bulldogs, ranked second in The Observer Sweet 16, picked off three passes and recovered a fumble in building a 30-0 lead at halftime.
Running back Benjamin LeMay rushed for 97 yards and scored two TDs, and the Bulldogs also got TDs on runs by Chrisean Davis-Pinckney, Dirk Cureton and C.J. Johnson. Butler’s opening TD came on a 27-yard interception return by Anthony McGill.
The Bulldogs’ defense made the evening miserable for Olympic sophomore quarterback Dylan Earney, keeping him under a heavy rush throughout the game and picking off four passes.
Quote: “We created a lot of turnovers, and that was because of our effort. The only problem was the effort wasn’t consistent enough. We can improve.” – Butler coach Brian Hales.
Records: Butler 1-0 (0-0 Southwestern 4A); Olympic 0-1 (0-0 SoMeck 8 4A)
Worth mentioning: Olympic’s deepest drive was to the Butler 32 in the second quarter. … Butler junior quarterback Davis Cheek completed 7-of-15 passes for 126 yards. … the Bulldogs’ Clifton Duck caught five passes for 71 yards.
What's Next: Butler visits No. 1 Mallard Creek next Friday; Olympic hosts Independence on Sept. 4.