The Butler Grizzlies continued their assault on the scoreboards this season when they posted a 61-0 win at Kessinger Field in Highland Saturday.
It is the fourth time in five games Butler has scored 60 or more points. That’s even with the Grizzlies failing score on their first offensive possession.
Butler scored 24 points in the first half, but likely would have had 21 more if not for three touchdown passes that were dropped.
The first score came on a 10-yard touchdown run by Dreamius Smith. The second was a 35-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Jimmy King. Another touchdown run by Smith and a 25-yard field goal by Robert Rawlings made up Butler’s scoring before halftime.
“I felt we left some points out there in the first half that we probably should have had, but our guys responded well and finished strong,” Butler coach Troy Morrell said.
In the second half, Smith spent most of his time on the sideline after gaining 148 yards on 17 carries. Ty Suggs made the most of his opportunity to carry the ball, gaining 123 yards with three touchdowns on his 12 carries.
Butler scored a special teams touchdown in the fourth quarter when Michael Glatczak returned a punt for 75 yards to make it a 52-0 Butler lead. The final touchdown came on a 3-yard run by Terrence Allen with 10:27 left in the game.
The Grizzlies got two final points when a high snap on a punt went out the back of the end zone with 4:15 left in the game.
Highland, meanwhile, was held to less than 100 yards of total offense, including just 11 yards passing.
“We can talk about the offense and the special teams, but defense in my mind is where it all begins and ends,” Morrell said. “For a while, we didn’t think Highland would get across the 50-yard line. Our defense tackled really well and pursued the ball well.
“Highland will know when they wake up tomorrow that they played somebody.”
Butler, now 5-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play, will return home to BG Products Veterans Sports Complex next Saturday to take on Air Force Prep in a non-conference game.
“I’m anxious to see them on film,” Morrell said. “We will definitely be excited to come back and play in our stadium. It’s a great venue. Our players love it, our coaches love it and our fans should love it. We’ll be amped up and ready to go.”