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Butler Quarterback Matt Shiltz Earns Pioneer Football League Honor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Although Butler quarterback Matt Shiltz only played less than three full quarters in Butler’s home football win over Taylor, his performance was enough to earn him Pioneer Football League Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors. The conference office chose Shiltz and wide receiver Reggie Bell of San Diego to share the weekly award.

While thunderstorms swirled in the area surrounding the Butler-Taylor game, it was Shiltz who was creating his own lightning on the field. The redshirt-junior completed 25 of 31 passes for 347 yards, and he rushed for an additional 86 yards on seven carries, before the game was called after three quarters. His passing and rushing totals both were career-highs.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Matt Shiltz
Photo: Butler Athletics/Matt Shiltz

Shiltz had a hand in all five Butler touchdowns in the 38-3 victory by the Bulldogs. He started the game with a 13-yard touchdown run on Butler’s first possession, and he added a touchdown pass of 18 yards to tight end Zack Wolfe in the second quarter. The St. Charles, Ill., signal caller then unleashed three long strikes in the third period – a 74-yard touchdown run, a 53-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marquese Martin-Hayes and a 75-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Collins.

The victory lifted Butler to 2-1 on the young season. The Butler Bulldogs will begin PFL play on Saturday, Sept. 27, with a Homecoming Game against the Jacksonville Dolphins at the Butler Bowl.

Bell caught just four passes but amassed 186 receiving yards to help San Diego down Ivy League preseason favorite Princeton, 39-29, on Saturday. His first reception, an 82-yard catch and carry, set the tone for the day. Bell’s first touchdown reception was a 29-yarder that put the San Diego Toreros ahead 21-12. His second score was a 48-yarder to put San Diego ahead for good, 29-22. Bell also had two punt returns, including a 55-yard return, and finished with 245 all-purpose yards.

Chris Fultz is a senior writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter.

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