The No. 3-ranked Butler football took advantage of five Air Force Prep turnovers, including one that was returned for a touchdown, in a 21-7 win on Saturday afternoon at Husky Field.


The No. 3-ranked Butler football took advantage of five Air Force Prep turnovers, including one that was returned for a touchdown, in a 21-7 win on Saturday afternoon at Husky Field.
Air Force Prep turned the ball over by fumbling on its first two possessions, and later missed a short 25-yard field goal, keeping the game scoreless through much of the first half. Late in the second quarter, the Huskies became the first team to score when quarterback Mitch Griebel scored on a 74-yard run with 1:14 left in the first half, taking a 7-0 lead.
That’s when Butler’s offense, shutout for the first 29 minutes of the game, came to life. The Grizzlies completed a 52-yard pass from quarterback Zach Mettenberger to receiver Marcus Kennard, and two plays later, Mettenberger threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Connor Combes, tying the score 7-7 with just 13 seconds left until halftime.
Air Force Prep would continue to cause itself trouble in the second half, missing another field goal and fumbling for a third time, this one ending a long drive that had reached Butler’s 20-yard line.
Butler (4-0)?took advantage of this turnover, driving 80 yards in 10 plays to score the go-ahead touchdown, this one on a 9-yard pass from Mettenberger to Kennard that made the score 14-7.
Air Force Prep would hurt itself with two more turnovers in the fourth quarter. The first was a pass that was intercepted by Zach Miller, and the next would prove to be the costliest turnover of the game. With less than seven minutes to go in the game, Griebel attempted to pitch the ball to running back Jon Lee on an option play. Lee never got a firm grip on the ball and fumbled it on a hit by Darrius McMullin. Deandre Howard scooped up the loose ball and ran 46 yards for a touchdown that sealed the win for the Grizzlies.
Butler would finish the game with 325 yards of total offense, but surrendered a season-high 308 yards to the Huskies. Mettenberger completed a season-high 17 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw a season-high two interceptions, just his second and third of the season against 12 touchdowns.
The Grizzlies return home and return to Jayhawk Conference play on Saturday, when they face Dodge City.
The contest, scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Galen Blackmore Stadium, is the annual homecoming contest.