Noah Huggins stepped in front of a Myers Park pass in the game’s final minute Friday night and ran 86 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown in Butler’s 21-7 homecoming victory.
The Mustangs, who spent much of the second half in Butler territory, had started the drive at their 17 with about five minutes left, trailing 14-7. Five pass completions by quarterback Jack Davidson and two Butler penalties allowed the Mustangs to move to the Bulldog 16 with 59 seconds left.
The Mustangs’ Saiq Patrick nearly scored on the next play, but his pass reception was ruled out of bounds. Two plays later, Huggins picked off a Davidson pass and decided the game.
Each team scored on a long pass play in the first quarter, with Davis Cheek throwing a 66-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Little and Davidson firing a 60-yard pass to Brandon Adams.
Butler grabbed the lead in the second period when Chrisean Davis-Pinckney scored on a strange 20-yard run. Davis-Pinckney appeared to be stopped for a short gain, but he suddenly burst from a group of players, broke two more tackles, and ran into the end zone.
Quote: “It took so many people to do things right, in order for us to win this game. It was the true definition of a team playing together.” – Butler head coach Brian Hales.
Records: Myers Park (4-3, 1-1 Southwestern 4A); Butler (6-2, 2-1).
Worth mentioning: Butler was without several of its top players for the second straight week. School officials have not said why the players were not on the field … Hales said one key play was a 12-yard punt by Adrian Salazar in the third quarter. The snap had gone over Salazar’s head, but he managed to get off the kick … Butler’s Dirk Cureton recovered a fumble, had several key pass break-ups, and caught six passes.
What’s Next: Myers Park plays next Friday at Porter Ridge; Butler is home next Friday against Rocky River.