EL DORADO — Coffeyville pulled within one point of Butler in the middle of the second quarter Saturday night, then Butler got the ball back and couldn’t get much forward movement.
Ty Suggs came on to punt, on fourth-and-14 from Butler’s 35-yard line, but when Suggs saw an opening he took off running down deep into Coffeyville territory.
“That was on a whim, impromptu,” Butler coach Troy Morrell said. “He saw a lot of field and Ty took off, a guy making a play.”
The next play quarterback Billy Cosh threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Steven Walker, the spark Butler needed to head on its way to a 45-13 victory over the Ravens.
Marcus Dillard intercepted Coffeyville’s Dominique Reed’s pass 10 seconds into the game, and five plays later Dreamius Smith ran for a 30-yard touchdown for the Grizzlies.
Two Butler penalties totaling 30 yards helped the Ravens down the field, and quarterback AJ Derby threw a 16-yard pass to Justice Berry for a Coffeyville touchdown.
“The guys stepped up early and made plays when they had the opportunity to and we took advantage of it early, we just didn’t stay consistent through the ballgame,” Coffeyville coach Aaron Flores said.
Smith injured his hamstring late in the first quarter,.Derrick Thomas ran in a three-yard touchdown late in the first quarter. But Coffeyville answered again with the help of Butler penalties, and scored a touchdown after Derby’s 6-yard pass to Dominique Reed with 7:34 remaining in the half.
“I felt like we were a little rusty coming off of a bye week,” Morrell said. “We committed too many penalties, a lot of pass interference and gave them big yards and led both of their scores. Without those I think we would have been a little better off in the first half.”
Butler’s next drive resulted in Suggs’ fake punt and Grizzly touchdown. An interception and field goal finished off the first half for Butler. The Grizzlies dominated the second half with three more touchdowns.
“We pride ourselves in finishing and trying to be better in the second half than we were in the first half,” Morrell said. “I think the guys just went out and continued to play the game and finished strong just like we talk about.”
Butler’s defense held the Ravens to 218 yards of offense, while its offense earned 530 yards.
“I’m really proud of our defense,” Morrell said. “I just feel like when we had the ball down there in the red zone we could have gotten it in the end zone a couple more times.”
The game Saturday ended a five-game winning streak for Coffeyville, and served as the Grizzlies’ eighth consecutive win.
|Butler (8-0) 7||17||14||7||7||—||45|
B—Smith 30 run (Rawlings kick)
C—Berry 16 pass from Derby (kick failed)
B—D. Thomas 3 run (Rawlings kick)
C—Do. Reed 6 pass from Derby (Bishop kick)
B—Walker 20 pass from Cosh (Rawlings kick)
B—Rawlings 32 field goal
B—D. Thomas 7 run (Rawlings kick)
B—Blue 11 pass from Cosh (Rawlings kick)
B—Blue 31 pass from Cosh (Rawlings kick)
Rushing—Coffeyville, Allen 9-45, Atzenwiler 11-23, Thames 1-0, Collins 1-(-6), Derby 5-(-17). Butler, Suggs 11-80, D. Thomas 20-73, Smith 2-51, Blue 2-23, Everett 1-9, Oharah 1-2, Cosh 4-(-6).
Passing—Coffeyville, Derby 18-32-159-2, Collins 1-3-14-0, Do. Reed 0-1-0-1. Butler, Cosh 35-48-298-0.
Receiving—Coffeyville, Do. Reed 11-108, Berry 6-52, Guess 2-13. Butler, Blue 15-166, Elliott 4-28, Fields 3-27, Hurla 4-26, Hallman 3-22, Walker 1-20, Clarke 3-10, D. Thomas 2-(-1).