The Butler Community College football team recorded their second straight shutout Saturday night against Highland, 39-0, at Galen Blackmore Stadium, setting up the third-ranked Grizzlies’ much-anticipated showdown in El Dorado next Saturday night against fourth-ranked Fort Scott. Butler moved to 6-0 in the Jayhawk Conference and 7-1 overall.


 

 


The Butler Community College football team recorded their second straight shutout Saturday night against Highland, 39-0, at Galen Blackmore Stadium, setting up the third-ranked Grizzlies’ much-anticipated showdown in El Dorado next Saturday night against fourth-ranked Fort Scott. Butler moved to 6-0 in the Jayhawk Conference and 7-1 overall.

The Grizzly offense spent a good portion of the game in Highland territory, but they had trouble finding the end zone early. After punting on their first possession, Butler got field goals from Logan Ortiz from 39 and 37 yards for a 6-0 lead.

Butler hit paydirt on their fourth drive. Press Taylor’s 45-yard completion to Faron Hornes to the 11-yard line set up a three-yard touchdown run by Randell Bell to give the Grizzlies a 13-0 advantage. Ortiz added a 22-yard field goal with six seconds left in the half for a 16-0 lead.

The Butler defense, meanwhile, was making sure the outcome was never in doubt. Highland did not cross midfield in the first half and had just one first down on a fake punt.

The Grizzlies’ ground game ate up the yards in the second half, starting with their opening drive. Bell and Tywon Hubbard did most of the work, with Bell scoring his second touchdown of the game from six yards out to make it 23-0. Bell would finish the game with 128 yards on 23 carries while Hubbard added 70 yards on 11 carries.

“Actually, the game plan early on was to throw the ball against their eight-man front,” Hubbard said. “Once we completed some passes and loosened them up, we ran the ball a lot better.”

In the fourth quarter, Taylor hit Arrison Davis over the middle for a 44-yard touchdown pass to make it 30-0. On their next possession, Taylor lobbed another pass to the end zone, and Jonathan Owens made a diving catch for an 18-yard score to make it 37-0.

Freshman Leroy Smith sacked Highland quarterback Quincy Woods for a safety for the game’s final points. The Grizzlies picked up their third shutout of the season.

“We just kept the pressure on them all game long,” said defensive end Zach Clark. “We were reminded about the Highland game two years ago, and we stayed focused on this game. The defense is very confident right now, and we’re looking to carry this momentum over.”

Butler finished with 267 yards rushing and 205 passing from Taylor, who completed 15 of 22 passes. Hornes caught five passes for 91 yards. The Grizzly defense held Highland to 51 yards of total offense.

It won’t be quite so easy in next week’s showdown with Fort Scott.

“This is what the league’s come down to the last couple years,” said Butler head coach Troy Morrell. “We’ve both put ourselves in position to win the league title. They’re a very good team, and now we can start focusing on them.”