EL DORADO — Butler got a little poke, actually trailing Saturday night, but the Grizzlies shrugged it off and posted another lopsided victory.
Fort Scott led 14-7 with 8:37 left in the first quarter. Butler then quickly brought the Greyhounds back to reality, scoring the next 53 points for a 60-14 Jayhawk Conference victory at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex.
Sophomore running back Dreamius Smith marked his 20th birthday in style, scoring on a 74-yard run on Butler’s third play from scrimmage.
But Fort Scott countered when Colton Morrison connected with Jared Dangerfield on a 78-yard scoring play. Then, Grizzlies quarterback Billy Cosh was intercepted by William Bland, who ran 58 yards to give Fort Scott its 14-7 lead.
Smith said the Grizzlies were up to the challenge of trailing in a game.
“It was just adversity,” Smith said. “Coach (Troy) Morrell talks about it every day. We’re going to deal with adversity; we don’t know when it’s going to happen, we’ve just got to bounce back, keep our mind balanced and just finish strong. We talked about it at halftime, and we knew we’d fix our mistakes, come out in the second half and dominate.”
Morrell said the Grizzlies needed a challenge.
“Every game is going to be a little bit different and every game is going to present some challenges,” he said. “The more we can learn from it, the better off we’re going to be throughout the season.”
Tied 14-14, Fort Scott tried to keep on the heat, but sophomore Jimmie King returned a blocked field-goal try 97 yards to the Greyhounds’ 3-yard line. Robert Rawlings hit a 19-yard field goal that gave the Grizzlies a lead they would not surrender.
With nine seconds before halftime, the Grizzlies blocked another Fort Scott field goal, the ball squirted free out to near midfield, and Max Martinez took it the final 60 yards for a 24-14 halftime lead.
“Max’s return really got the momentum back, and once we had that, we weren’t going to let it go,” Morrell said.
After Cosh and Blue collaborated on a 40-yard score with 20 seconds left in the third quarter, Butler scored on each of its next five drives until taking a knee to run out the clock.
|Fort Scott (1-2, 1-1)||14||0||0||0||—||14|
|Butler (3-0, 2-0)||14||10||14||22||—||60|
B—Smith 74 run (Rawlings kick)
FS—Dangerfield 78 pass from Morrison (Whitrock kick)
FS—Bland 58 interception return (Whitrock kick)
B—Blue 66 pass from Cosh (Rawlings kick)
B—Rawlings FG 19
B—Martinez 60 blocked field goal return (Rawlings kick)
B—Blue 40 pass from Cosh (Rawlings kick)
B—Thomas 39 run (Rawlings kick)
B—Hallman 19 pass from Cosh (kick blocked)
B—Sanders 36 interception return (Rawlings kick)
B—Rawlings FG 22
B—Suggs 18 run (kick failed)
Rushing—Fort Scott: Hagan 27-75, Jordan 7-22, Cage 2-3, Dangerfield 2-1. Butler: Smith 13-129, Thomas 16-94, Suggs 5-51, Allen 4-27, Everett 2-1, Team 1-minus 1, Cosh 5-minus 19.
Passing—Fort Scott: Jordan 13-30-2-103, Morrison 2-3-0-88. Butler: Cosh 15-31-2-263, Harrison 0-3-0-0, Smith 0-1-0-0.
Receiving—Fort Scott: Dangerfield 5-99, Ward 3-42, Hagan 3-7, Rooks 1-33, McPhaull 1-12, Patterson 1-minus 1, Ellis 1-minus 1. Butler: Hurla 4-61, Fields 4-56, Blue 3-128, Hallman 2-27, Elliott 1-minus 2, Smith 1-minus 7.