VANDALIA – The Wilmington Hurricane must have felt they were in a whirlwind Friday night as they left Vandalia’s Memorial Stadium.
The Butler Aviators used a string of big plays – including two kickoff returns for touchdown – to overwhelm Wilmington 42-21 in their home opener.
The win boosted Butler’s record to 2-1 on the season heading into their Thursday Night Lights showdown with “that team across the dam,” otherwise known as Northmont, on Thursday.
The Aviators got on the board first with just under four minutes to play in the first quarter on a 4-yard touchdown by Jarbari Wortham. Wilmington tied the score at 7-7 early in the second period on a run by Dylan Beaugard.
Butler answered two minutes later with their first big play, a 40-yard scoring run around the left end by Logan Flatt. That gave Butler a 14-7 lead which they never relinquished.
Lightning struck on the first play of the third quarter as Trey Sanders ran the opening kickoff back 92 yards to lift the Aviators to a 21-7 margin.
Not to be outdone, Wilmington answered with a big play of their own on a 69-yard strike from to Beaugard from Brady Evans to get back to within a score at 21-14.
The Hurricane chose to kick to Sanders again, and for the second straight time, he ran it back for a score, this time from 94 yards out.
Wilmington had one more drive in them as they cut the lead to 28-21 late in the third quarter, but Butler’s offensive line started dominating the line of scrimmage and Flatt was able to take advantage.
On the first play of the fourth quarter Flatt went around the left end again for a 38-yard score. He struck again with 5:29 left from eight yards out to set the final score at 42-21.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.