SPRINGFIELD – The Butler Aviators traveled to Springfield Friday night to face the Wildcats in a Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) crossover game. For the second straight week, the Aviators were outmatched as they fell 51-13.
With the loss, Butler fell to 3-2 on the season.
The game started off promising as the Aviators scored twice in the first quarter. The first came midway through the period as Nic Martin ran in from two yards out. The play capped off a 14-play, 70 yard drive. Butler’s PAT failed, but the Aviators led 6-0.
Springfield answered three minutes later on a 49 yard run by Daniel Davis to give the Wildcats a 7-6 advantage.
Butler proved resilient, however, and with just under three minutes left in the quarter, Chandler Craine found Noah Ballard open for a 27-yard touchdown strike. The drive, also 70 yards, took just five plays. Andrew Boren kicked the extra point and the Aviators ended the first quarter on top 13-7.
Unfortunately, it was all Springfield after that.
The Wildcats scored twice in the second quarter to take a 20-13 lead heading into halftime, and then put the game out of reach bu putting up 28 points in the third quarter. Springfield tacked on a field goal in the final stanza to set the final score.
Butler’s defense surrendered 518 yards of total offense to the Wildcats, 383 on the ground and 135 through the air. Butler ran for 80 yards and passed for 157 for 237 yards of total offense. The Aviators had three turnovers.
Craine completed 15 of 34 passes for 157 yards with two interceptions. Ballard led the receivers with four catches for 54 yards, Aaron Field caught two balls for 38 yards, and Treylann Sanders caught two for 28 yards.
Logan Flatt gained 61 yards on the ground followed by Martin with 34.
Butler will open GWOC North division play next Friday as they travel to Piqua. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.