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Davenport leads Butler to win in regular season finale

Bryce Hirayama
Student Sports Media

The Grizzlies entered Saturday’s game against the No. 3 Garden City Broncbusters following a tough loss against Iowa Western one week prior. They did not just lose the game as they also lost a few players to injuries to a team that had many throughout the year.

Although the Grizzlies were depleted on offense, you could not tell it in their performance against Garden City. Freshman Quarterback Nick Davenport took over on offense for the struggling sophomore quarterback Jack Samsel, who replaced starting sophomore quarterback Steven Frank who was injured in the game against Hutch earlier this season.

Davenport had a terrific first career start as he finished 5-of-13 along with four total touchdowns, two passing, one rushing and one receiving. Davenport also had one interception. His four touchdowns helped the Grizzlies catapult from a 14-point deficit to a seven-point victory.

The Grizzlies lead the Broncbusters in a defensive matchup 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. Garden City sophomore quarterback Nate Cox ripped off a 46-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Deandre Wallace to begin the second quarter. The Broncbusters got another touchdown in the second quarter, this one a rushing touchdown by running back Ellis Meriweather, giving Garden City a 17-3 lead.

With 5:28 to go in the second quarter, Davenport found sophomore tight end Lane Lunt in the end zone on a 31-yard touchdown reception which helped muster up some momentum going into half. Garden City’s kicker Dos Santos Aires made his second field goal on the day at the end of the half, as Garden City lead 20-10.

The Grizzlies scored the first points of the second half with a play similar to the “Philly Special” from the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory a few years ago as Wide Receiver Ke’John Babtiste found Davenport in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown, which shrank Garden City’s lead to three.

However, the Broncbusters rebounded as they drove down the field and scored another rushing touchdown after running back Ramon Jefferson waltzed in for a three yard run, extending the lead back to 10 in favor of Garden City.

The Grizzlies answered well with 10:48 to go in the fourth, back up running back Damon Sanchez found the end zone after a pass from Davenport which once again shrank the lead to three.

The Grizzly defense on the subsequent drive stood tall, causing a three and out. The Grizzlies cashed in on the defensive stand as kicker Jacob Abel nailed a 45-yard field goal to tie the game at 20 with 7:28 to go.

Both teams went back and forth for the final 7:28, but it was the Grizzly defense who came up strong again to set up a Davenport rushing touchdown to seal the victory in the final regular season game of the 2019-2020 season.

With the victory, the Grizzlies finish the season 9-3 and give Coach Schaffner his first ever victory against Garden City in his tenure here at Butler.

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