TROY – The Butler Aviators traveled to Troy on Friday knowing a win would provide a big boost to their playoff hopes. Unfortunately, they spotted the home team a 22-0 lead en route to a 36-20 loss.
The loss left the Aviators at 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North division. Troy improved to 5-2 overall and remained unbeaten (2-0) in the GWOC North.
The Aviators were in a hole early and didn’t scratch the scoring column until 4:16 were left in the second quarter on a pass from quarterback Mason Motter to Bryant Johnson. Sutton Skapik added the extra point to cut Troy’s lead to 22-7.
Butler used an interception by Karter Peck to set up a 13-yard touchdown run by Logan Flatt that got the Aviators within a score at 22-14.
Butler scored again early in the fourth quarter on another pass from Motter to Johnson with 10:40 to play but the two-point converson failed and the Aviators trailed 22-20.
Troy added a pair of scores in the final eight minutes to set the final score.
Butler will have a short week of practice as they prepare for a Thursday night game at Piqua (4-3, 1-1). The Indians were 42-7 winners at Greenville in Week 7. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium.
Reach Darrell Wacker at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.