GREENVILLE – Sometimes things don’t go as planned – and that can be a good thing. After turning in a lackluster first half at Greenville, the Butler Aviators need a jolt.
It came as a quarterback keeper that wasn’t the original play, but instead read by quarterback Mason Motter who ran for a 33-yard touchdown that proved to be the game winner over the Green Wave on a wet and muddy Friday night.
Butler hung on for a 14-6 victory to improve to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North division.
This game came down to opportunities – and opportunities lost – for both teams.
Greenville struck first as Kyle Phillips found Devin Hendrix for a 35-yard score early in the second quarter. Butler blocked the extra point which left the Green Wave with a 6-0 lead.
Both teams struggled to move the ball due to the muddy field, but the Aviators used good field position after a Greenville punt to scratch out a 23-yard field goal by Andrew Boren with 22 seconds left that cut the deficit in half at 6-3.
After intermission, Butler took over at their own 30-yard line. Runs by Logan Flatt and a pass completion to Treylann Sanders set up Motter’s run on third-and-four to lift Butler to a 10-6 lead.
Butler scored four more points on a pair of safeties after mishandled snaps by the Wave as conditions deteriorated in the second half due to a nearly steady rain.
Butler moved into a three-way tie with Troy and Piqua, both 1-0, in the GWOC American North with the win. Troy will visit the Aviators on Friday for Homecoming 2016.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.