Aviators rebound with rout of Tecumseh


VANDALIA – A week after a tough loss to a potential state championship contender, the Butler Aviators had to battle both the Tecumseh Arrows and Mother Nature to even their season record at 1-1.

Neither proved to be much of a challenge as the potent combination of quarterback Mason Motter, running back Logan Flatt, and receiver Bryant Johnson won in convincing fashion by a score of 42-0.

Jabari Wortham got the Aviators on the board with 8:27 left in the first quarter from a yard out. An extra point by Andrew Boren gave Butler a 7-0 lead.

Butler scored twice in the second period, first of a 59-yard pass from Motter to Johnson and then on a 1-yard run by Flatt to claim a 21-0 lead at the half.

Flatt scored again in the third quarter on a 65-yard run and the big plays continued as Motter and Johnson paired up for a 70-yard touchdown pass that gave the Aviators a 35-0 lead.

Ryan Martin capped the Butler scoring with a 21-yard run to set the final score at 42-0.

Butler racked up 215 yards on the ground to just 32 for the Arrows and out-gained Tecumseh 328 to 116 in total yardage.

Motter was 4-6 for 113 yards with two touchdowns. Logan Flatt led the Aviators in rushing with 145 yards on 15 carries and two scores. Martin had 73 yards on eight carries.

Johnson had just two catches but gained 129 yards and scored twice.

Boren remained perfect on the year in extra point attempts by making all six attempts.

Butler will hit the road next Friday in their first road game at Wilmington. The Hurricanes won in convincing fashion over fellow GWOC North foe Greenville on Friday 60-27.

The Aviators doubled up Wilmington a year ago 42-21.

This story will be updated with comments from Butler head coach Nathan Hyatt.

Photos by Ryan Wallace