RIVERSIDE — After facing a brutal schedule and some self-inflicted discipline issues, the Butler Aviators traveled to Stebbins on Friday night needing good things to happen.
Good things happened in the form of Logan Flatt who scored five touchdowns when, as expected, the Aviators handled business against the winless Indians in a 50-15 Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover victory. The Aviators improved to 2-3 on the season while Stebbins dropped to 0-5.
“Playing a hard schedule makes you better if you learn and respond correctly,” said head coach Nathan Hyatt. “We took some steps forward this week. We are learning from the mistakes we have been making. We did a really nice job on special teams Friday night.”
The Aviators took a 7-0 lead five minutes into the game on a two-yard touchdown by Logan Flatt and an extra point by Sutton Skapik.
Flatt scored again late in the first quarter from four yards out to give the Aviators a 14-0 lead.
Butler took a 21-0 lead when Flatt scored for the third time of the game on a 10-yard run.
A pair of Stebbins touchdowns cut the lead to 28-15, but the Aviators had the answer – more Flatt.
Flatt took the ensuing kickoff back 75 yards for a touchdown to give the Aviators a two-score cushion at 28-15.
Butler elminated any chance of a comeback with three scores in the fourth quarter.
Bryant Johnson hooked up with quarterback Mason Motter for a 58-yard scoring strike, followed by a two-yard touchdown by Jabari Wortham, and a 31-yard run by Flatt for his fifth touchdown of the night.
“Logan is a special kid,” said Hyatt. “I’ll take Logan every day. He’s a competitor, he’s a fun kid to be around. He was frustrated this summer with an injury and then we weren’t blocking real well for him but he has stuck with it and has had over 100 yards the last four games.
Hyatt noted the improved offensive line play which contributed to Butler’s dominance on the grount.
“Our offensive line has been a unit that’s been fun to be around,” he said. “We have an eclectic mix of kids there. They have been getting better and taking steps forward. We are getting better up front.”
The Aviators had 333 yards of total offense to just 240 for Stebbins. Stebbins got more first downs than Butler, but four turnovers hurt the Indians and set up the Aviators in good field position.
Flatt ran for 182 yards on 16 carries with four rushing touchdowns and the kickoff return for a score. Wortham ran for 52 yards on 13 carries and a score.
Motter completed 4-of-10 passes for 77 yards and a score. Johnson had one catch for 58 yards and a score while Daiton Sharp had one catch for 14 yards.
Sutton Skapik was 6-for-6 on extra point attempts.
“Sutton has been doing a phenomenal job for us,” said Hyatt.
The Aviators will open GWOC divisional play on Friday when they host Greenville (2-3) on Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
“Greenville has some really big kids and they do some things well,” said Hyatt. “I think as a coach you have to be careful about getting too wrapped up in who your opponent is. We want our 11 kids taking the field to be as good as they can be. It’s homecoming, so we know there will be a big crowd. Every day is an opportunity to get better and that’s what we are going to focus on. The team that wins the GWOC North is the team that makes the most improvement between now and Week 10.”
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