VANDALIA – The Butler Aviators came into Friday’s high-risk, high-reward game against Trotwood with a chance to clinch a playoff spot – and possibly a home game with a win. A 57-35 loss to the visiting Rams dropped the Aviators to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the GWOC North.
The Aviators will now face Cincinnati La Salle (8-2), the Region’s top overall seed, this Friday at La Salle at 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, the Rams showed everyone that, despite a two game slide in GWOC North play, they are still the most athletic team in the division. Trotwood’s Raveion Hargrove ran wild for six touchdowns while amassing 361 yards on just 18 carries – an average of 20 yards per run.
He scored the game’s first score at 5:31 in the first quarter from 41 yards out to give Trotwood a 6-0 lead, but the Aviators answered quickly.
Less than two minutes later, Nic Martin ran in from a yard out to cap off a five-play, 70 yard drive. After an extra point by Anthony Rigalli, the Aviators held their only lead of the game at 7-6.
Hargrove put the game out of reach over the next 13 minutes by scoring four scores before halftime from 10, 26, 98, and 47 yards respectively.
Butler answered with 14 seconds left in the half on a pass from Chandler Craine to Treylann Sanders for a five yard strike to cut the lead to 32-14 at the half.
The Aviators cut into the lead further on their first drive of the second half after a 27-yard touchdown pass from Craine to Torin Fletcher, but Trotwood responded with a pair of scores to close the third quarter to eliminate any hope for the home team.
Craine and Sanders hooked up for another score early in the final period and then Craine found Tyler Burley for an 11 yard score with 17 seconds left in the game to set the final score.
Craine completed 24-of-41 passes for 287 yards with Noah Ballard catching 10 for 188 yards. Nic Martin led the Aviator rushers with 55 yards followed by Logan Flatt with 40 yards.