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New year, same team: Butler repeats at the Midwest Classic beating Trinity Valley, 33-23

Bryce Hirayama

Student Sports Media

On Sunday, Dec. 8 the Butler Grizzlies went into Miami, Oklahoma and beat No. 13 Trinity Valley Community College, 33 to 23. The Grizzlies jumped out to a 21 to nothing lead with 7:41 to go in the second quarter.

The Grizzlies on their first scoring drive went eight plays for 44 yards, and freshman quarterback Nick Davenport’s seven-yard touchdown capped it. Freshman running back Adarius Thomas finished off the drive with a two-yard run, making the score 14-0 in the second quarter. Then, the Grizzlies scored once again with 7:41 off a Romello Kimbrough, sophomore running back, reception to make the game a 21-0 affair.

However, the Cardinals were not quite done as quarterback Jeremy Hunt of Trinity Valley lead his team down on a 11 play 75 yard drive to make the score 21-7, after he ran in for the touchdown.

Both offenses for both teams sputtered to end of the half, but two field goals from Cardinal’s kicker Eddie Godina made the score 21-13 heading into halftime.

The next Butler score came with 8:20 to go in the third quarter when outside linebacker Wali Sabree blocked a Cardinal punt, which made the score 28 to 13. The Cardinals however late in the third quarter mounted a comeback with a touchdown by running back Cordrick Dunn and another field goal by Godina to pull within five of the lead.

On the subsequent drive, the Butler offense took five minutes off the clock and capped off the drive with a 35-yard Jacob Abel, sophomore kicker, field goal. The game was finished off by a safety, which made the final 33-23 Butler.

The offensive leader for the Grizzlies was Thomas who finished the game with 28 rushing attempts, 178 yards and one touchdown. Then on the defensive side sophomore linebacker Charlie Gray finished the day with four tackles along with 1.5 sacks. The team finished with 272 yards on offense and gave up 376 yards on defense, but ended up winning the game.



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