INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, looking to rebound from a road loss at Dayton last weekend, traveled to face the Stetson Hatters on Saturday, November 4 for a Pioneer Football League matchup. Behind 16 points from its defense, Butler secured a 23-6 win at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium. Butler has now won four of its last five and stands at 6-4 (4-3 PFL) on the season while Stetson falls to 2-8 (1-6 PFL).
Butler fell behind 6-0 after a Stetson first quarter 20 yard touchdown pass from redshirt junior QB Colin McGovern to freshman RB Gordon Stetson. Butler had a promising second quarter drive halted by Stetson when redshirt senior RB Sam Schrader fumbled on 1st and Goal at the Stetson two yard-line. But the Bulldogs were able to force a 3-and-out before redshirt junior RB Anthony Scaccia put the Bulldogs ahead with a five-yard touchdown run with 1:02 remaining in the first half.
The Butler defense would help increase that 7-6 lead. Redshirt junior CB Mike Cerone picked off a Hatters pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter. In the final stanza, senior DL Connor Andras posted a safety and then senior LB Ethan Brunhofer intercepted another Stetson pass and returned it 70 yards for Butler’s final score of the game and the 23-6 final.
On the afternoon, Butler had three interceptions, five sacks and 11 tackles for loss. Redshirt sophomore DB Luke Sennett had the other interception for the Bulldogs. Andras had two sacks. Stetson was held to 164 total yards, including a -21-yard rushing performance.
Redshirt senior RB Sam Schrader had 65 yards rushing on 14 attempts for the Bulldogs, while redshirt senior RB Duvante Lane added 48 on 13 carries. Junior WR Pace Temple led Butler with 78 yards receiving on six receptions. Redshirt junior QB Will Marty finished with 75 yards passing on a 7-14 performance
Butler, which entered the game leading the PFL in time of possession, had the ball for more than 36 minutes Saturday.
The Bulldogs return home for the 2017 finale Saturday (Nov. 11), hosting Valparaiso at 1 p.m. The game is Senior Day and part of Family Weekend. The Hoosier Helmet Trophy will be on the line.
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