By Darrell Wacker
VANDALIA – The Aviators came into the Wilmington game knew it would be challenged for two reasons – the Hurricanes are an explosive offensive team and, compounding the issue, Butler was shorthanded after internal discipline left multiple players suspended.
The Aviators gave it a valiant effort but ultimately couldn’t keep up with the Hurricanes on the scoreboard in a 59-35 loss. Butler fell to 1-2 on the season.
The Aviators tied the game at 7-7 with 3:05 left in the first quarter on a 6-yard pass from Mason Motter to Bryant Johnson.
Wilmington took a 10-7 lead into the second period, but the Aviators answered with a touchdown pass from Motter to Daiton Sharp to claim their first lead of the game at 14-7.
After Wilmington score, the Aviators reclaimed the lead at 21-17 on a 59-yard run by Logan Flatt. The Hurricane scored again on a touchdown pass to lead 24-21 at half.
The Hurricane added a pair of scores early in the third quarter to take a 38-21 lead.
Motter and Johnson again hooked up for a touchdown with 2:35 in the third to cut the lead to 38-27.
After allowing another Wilmington score, the Aviators capped off their scoring with a pass from Motter to Kort Justice. Ater a two-point conversion, the Aviators were within 10 at 45-35.
Wilmington tacked on a pair of touchdowns to set the final score.
This story will be updated with game photos, stats, and comments from Coach Nathan Hyatt.