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Grizzlies look to improve after tough loss

Brody Nemecek

Student Sports Media

This Saturday, April 3, the Grizzlies host their second football game of the season, and first at home against the No. 1 ranked Hutchinson Blue Dragons. Last season, the Blue Dragons stayed atop the polls for a five-week stint, and with a late season upset, missed out on the chance for a national title. However, a head coaching change might disrupt their hopes of a national title. Drew Dallas was the long-time offensive coordinator for the Blue Dragons, and this will be his first time to face the Grizzlies as a head coach.  

The Blue Dragons won their first game of the season, 33-10, as they dominated Coffeyville. Hutch got off to a fast start in that game as they returned the opening kickoff for 60 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Ogbonna stood out as a player. He had 215 yards of total offense and two touchdowns. Tye Edwards had 13 carries, 84 yards and a touchdown. Cortez Braham had four catches for 81 yards, and on the opposite side of the ball, Tre Pinkney led the team with 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks.  

The Grizzlies, on the other hand, lost the season opener at Independence. After the first quarter, the Grizzlies were down 17-0. As the second quarter came to a close, sophomore John Hankinson finally put points on the board, with a field goal for the Grizzlies, making it a 17-3 game at halftime. Butler had an impressive third quarter, however, and going into the final quarter it was tied at 24. Then just as you might think the game was headed to overtime, Independence scored on a 26-yard touchdown run with just 47 seconds left on the clock.

Freshman linebacker Malik Berry makes a tackle along with a fellow Grizzly teammate.  Photo by Ashlee Perry

Sophomore quarterback Nick Davenport went nine for 19 with 195 passing yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore running back Jordan Kempf had 16 carries for 109 yards, and the Grizzlies leading receiver in that game was Eddie Lewis, who had five catches for 136 yards. Freshman linebacker Hunter Lee made some noise in his first game for Butler with 13 tackles, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble.  

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