INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Junior Andrew Huck passed for 288 yards
and two touchdowns and Butler held off visiting Taylor to post a
28-20 win in a non-league football game at the newly renovated
Butler Bowl on Saturday (Sept. 18.). The victory lifted the
Bulldogs to 2-1 on the young season.
Huck, who completed 29 of 38 passes in the game, threw both of his touchdown tosses in the second quarter to help the Bulldogs to a 21-7 halftime lead. He hit senior Eddie McHale with a 46-yard strike to give Butler the lead for good at 14-7 with 13:47 remaining in the second period and then added a three-yard scoring aerial to junior Zach Watkins with 30 second left in the half.
After missing on five of his first six passes, Huck caught fire and completed 28 of his final 32 attempts!
“(Andrew) does a great job of getting everyone in the right place,” said Butler head coach Jeff Voris after the game. “He shook off a slow start and really found his rhythm today.”
The Bulldogs, who trailed 7-0 after one quarter, tied the game early in the second period on a one-yard run by senior Scott Gray. His touchdown run, the 23rd of his career, finished a 72-yard drive that included back-to-back 18-yard passes from Huck, first to Jordan Koopman and then to Jeff Larsen.
McHale’s touchdown came on the first play following a 20-yard punt return by senior Tadd Dombart, while Watkins set the stage for his own touchdown grab with a spectacular lay-out catch for 27 yards.
The Bulldogs needed all of the 21 first half points.
Taylor (1-2) took an early lead in the game on a one-yard run by Taylor Johnson in the first quarter. The touchdown capped a 92-yard drive, highlighted by a 42-yard Shaun Addison to Trenton Schmale pass.
The Trojans also struck first in the second half, taking advantage of a Matt Kobli fumble at the Butler 43-yard line. Johnson finished the scoring drive with a six-yard touchdown run to cut Butler’s lead to seven points.
Kobli put the Bulldogs back in front by 14 with a five-yard scoring run early in the fourth period, but the visitors struck again with 3:02 remaining on a one-yard run by Addison. The Trojans missed on their extra-point kick attempt, and then Watkins recovered the visitors’ onsides kick attempt to seal the win.
“Anytime you win you’re excited,” added Voris.
The Bulldogs rolled up 466 yards in total offense, but were hampered by 15 penalties. Taylor finished with 305 total yards.
Gray led the Bulldogs’ ground game with 88 rushing yards on 17 carries, while Kobli added 34. Koopman and Watkins both had nine receptions in the game. Koopman had a team-high 95 receiving yards, while Watkins added 89.
Sophomore Jordan Ridley led Butler’s defense for the second straight game with 11 total tackles. Junior Andy Dauch added seven tackles and a pair of pass breakups.
The Bulldogs, league co-champs a year ago, will begin Pioneer Football League play on Saturday, Sept. 25, at San Diego.