SIDNEY – After a pair of tough losses, the Butler Aviators traveled to Sidney nursing their physical wounds and their playoff hopes.
They responded by jumping out to a 24-0 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Yellow Jackets 52-28.
The win lifts Butler to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division. Sidney fell to 3-6, 0-4.
Butler took advantage of five Sidney turnovers and scored three touchdowns in the first quarter in a span of 4:22. The first two came on runs from Logan Flatt from two and 18 yards respectively. Butler broke open a 21-0 lead on a 52-yard pass from Mason Motter to Treylann Sanders.
Andrew Boren pushed the lead to 24-0 with a 24-yard field goal with 9:29 left in the second period.
Sidney responded with a pair of scores from Isaiah Bowser that cut the lead to 24-14. Bowser had four touchdown runs on the night and set a new Sidney record for touchdowns in a season with 22.
The Aviators had an answer, however, with two touchdowns of their own. Aaron Field took a 17-yard pass from Motter late in the first half. Motter and Sanders hooked up again early in the third quarter from 40 yards out to extend Butler’s lead back to 24 at 38-14.
Sidney cut the lead to 38-28 with 7:30 to play but the Aviators added two scores on runs from Flatt and Jabari Wortham to set the final score.
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