The first quarter of the Butler-Western Alamance football game took nearly two hours to finish because of a lightning delay.
But neither the weather nor their opponent could stop the Bulldogs Friday night as they rolled to a 45-0 victory.
Butler, No. 5 in the Observer Sweet 16, led 7-0 just seven minutes into the game, when the contest was delayed for an hour and a half.
The Bulldogs didn’t waste any time when play resumed as junior quarterback Davis Cheek took the first offensive play from scrimmage for a 17-yard touchdown run.
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Cheek was impressive in his third career start, going 14 for 15 for 188 yards passing and throwing two touchdowns.
Butler (2-1) scored on its next possession when Benny LeMay capped a six-play drive with a three-yard scoring plunge to put his team up 21-0.
LeMay rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns on only 11 carries, also catching four passes for 37 yards and a touchdown.
Western Alamance (2-1) was led by junior running back Darius Pinnix, who rushed for 51 yards on 10 carries and had two catches for 22 yards.
Quote: “We talk all the time about that if you are going to be a true champion, it has to be a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week thing. Champions don’t look at the scoreboard, they always play their best football, regardless of the situation. We did a great job of staying focused tonight with all the stops and delays. When it was time to go, we were ready to go.” – Butler coach Brian Hales
Records: Butler is 2-1; Western Alamance is 2-1.
Worth mentioning: The Butler defense pitched its second shutout of the season, as it also blanked Olympic 44-0 in the season opener. ... The Bulldog defense allowed 117 yards of total offense, including just 59 yards rushing, to a Warriors team that had averaged 51 points per game in their 2-0 start. ... Butler has outscored its opponents 99-24 in three games this year.
What’s next: Butler travels to Rockingham to take on Richmond County while Western Alamance returns home to host Eden, both next Friday night (Sept. 11).