Butler overcomes sluggish start, beats Independence 57-16

08/28/2014 10:54 PM

08/28/2014 10:54 PM

Sixth-ranked Butler erupted for 43 second-half points and notched a 57-16 victory over Independence on Thursday night in El Dorado.

It was the football opener for both teams.

Butler led 14-10 at halftime. After the Grizzlies kicked a field goal to go ahead 17-10, Independence responded with a 10-play, 69-yard drive the ended with Courtney Allen’s 5-yard TD run. Butler blocked the extra point to maintain a one-point lead, the Demarcus Smith threw touchdown passes on the three of the Grizzlies’ next four possessions to put Butler in control.

Independence, which led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, was led by quarterback Evan Lassiter who hit 28 of 47 passes for 190 yards.

Butler gained 437 total yards (198 on the ground and 239 in the air).

Chris Carson rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns for Butler.

Independence

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Butler

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I — Brown recovered fumble in end zone (Martinez kick)

B — Carson 11 run (Steenson kick)

B — Johnson 39 pass from Smith (Steenson kick)

I — Martinez 28 FG

B — Steenson 22 FG

I — Allen 5 run (failed)

B — Van Powell 39 pass from Smith (Steenson kick)

B — Gallup 7 pass from Smith (Steenson kick)

B — Johnson 5 pass from Smith (pass failed)

B — Carson 5 run (Steenson kick)

B — Blumenthal 22 run (Steenson kick)

B — Lee 3 run (kick failed)

Individual Statistics

Rushing — Independence, Collins 18-80, Allen 13-75, Lassiter 3-(28). Butler, Carson 17-84, Blumenthal 3-52, McCrary 2-39, Cotton 6-20, Lee 1-3, Buehler 3-2, Smith 4-(-2).

Passing — Independence, Lassiter 28-47-1 190. Butler, Smith 18-29-1 207, Blumenthal. 3-5-0 32.

Receiving — Independence, Amerson 8-76, Hosley 8-49, Allen 4-25, Huthes 3-11, Hudson 2-18, Edwin 2-6, Collins 1-5. Butler, Wade 5-70, Van Powell 3-63, Gallup 3-26, Johnson 2-57, Johnson 2-14, Moore 2-3, Lee 1-4, Burris 1-1, Carson 1-1, Chavis 1-0.

No. 11 Hutchinson 45, Bethany JV 7 — Alvin Kamara rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns to help Hutchinson win its seventh straight season opener.

Hutch amassed 327 yards rushing and another 160 through the air for 487 total yards while holding Bethany JV to 248. Last season, Hutch defeated the Bethany JV 50-0 at Lindsborg.

Dalton Demos hit 12 of 17 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Bethany JV

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Hutchinson

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H — Harvey 14 pass from Demos (Bonilla kick)

H — Smith 13 run (Lemons kick)

H — Bonilla 21 FG

H — Kamara 14 run (Lemons kick)

H — Kamara 14 run (Bonilla kick)

H — Smith 10 run (Lemons kick)

B — Alexander 5 pass from Savage (Petter kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing — Bethany JV, Ocran 18-32, Eley 4-20, Alexander 1-20, Hickman 2-16, White 2-15, Evans 4-15, Savage 6-9, Lewis 1-7, Umphreyville 3- (-1). Hutch, Kamara 14-111, Custis 11-98, Smith 8-51, Demos 6-37, Binn 4-25, Bowman 1-5.

Passing — Bethany JV, Savage 10-19-2 82, Umphreyville 3-11-2 33. Hutch, Demos 12-17-1 85, Binn 5-15-0 75.

Receiving — Bethany JV, Alexander 4-52, Evans 2-26, Hickman 2-16, Ocran 2 - (-2), Lewis 1-14, Wells 1-6, White 1-3. Hutch, Harvey 9-73, Bowman 2-30, Savage 1-17, Gilbertson 1-16, Kamara 1-23, Cickey 1-7, Turner 1-5, Mays 1-1.

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