November 5, 2012

Matt Lancaster Captures PFL Honor

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Junior quarterback Matt Lancaster, who helped lead Butler to a victory over Jacksonville and a share of the 2012 Pioneer Football League title, has been named PFL Co-Offensive Player of the Week.  He shared the league's weekly honor with Valparaiso running back Jake Hutson.

Lancaster scored the biggest touchdown of his young Butler career with two seconds remaining in the game to lift Butler to a 19-16 victory over visiting Jacksonville.  The touchdown, which came on a fourth-and-goal situation from the one-yard line, capped a 14-play, 95-yard drive and boosted the Bulldogs to 7-0 in the PFL.  With one game remaining, Butler has already clinched a tie for the league championship.

Butler's quarterback, in his first season after transferring from Illinois State, completed 23 of 43 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns in the game.  He hit Zack Wolfe with a three-yard touchdown pass that tied the game at 13-13 and connected with Dylan Johnson on a 12-yard scoring strike.  Lancaster completed five passes for 61 yards on the Bulldogs' game-winning drive.

Hutson rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries in Valparaiso's 41-24 victory over Campbell.  It was Valparaiso's first win of the season.

Butler will close out the 2012 campaign at second place Drake on Saturday, Nov. 10.  A victory in the key road contest would give Butler its first outright PFL championship.