WILMINGTON — Butler capitalized on three Wilmington first quarter turnovers, and would eventually score a total of nine touchdowns, en route to a 57-29 victory over Wilmington Friday night at Alumni Field.
For the Aviators it was their first victory of the season after a pair of losses to Harrison and Troy. Wilmington falls to 1-2 on the season.
Vandalia jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the early minutes of the contest, before Wilmington got on the scoreboard, when the Hurricanes’ Connor Mitchell tackled Aviators quarterback Luke Mitchell in the end zone for a safety inside the closing minute of the opening quarter.
The Hurricane showed its offensive capabilities with a pair of second quarter touchdowns, the first one a three-yard run by Malik Scott, and then a nine-yard reception by Carter Huffman from quarterback Cam Coomer.
After Vandalia scored a touchdown to make it 28-16Coomer brought the Hurricane fans to their feet with an electrifying 85-yard kickoff return rambling down the right sideline. Rory Bell’s extra point kick made it a 28-23 contest at the intermission.
Coomer had an encore performance with his second kickoff return for a touchdown, which briefly gave WHS a 29-28 lead. Wilmington’s two-point conversion attempt failed. That proved to be the final points of the game for Scott Killen’s squad, as the Aviators came soaring back.
Wilmington will travel to Minford next Friday night.
Sept 13, 2019
Butler 57 Wilmington 29
B-Buckler, 24-yd. run. PAT kick good by Brown at 9:36.
B-Mitchell, 45-yd. run . PAT kick good by Brown at 9:00.
B-Buckler, 3-yd. run. PAT kick good by Brown at 4:07.
W-quarterback Mitchell tackled in end zone ar :22.
W-Scott, 3 yd. run. PAT kick good by Bell at 10:07.
W-Huffman, 9-yd. pass from Coomer. PAT kick good by Bell at 5:36.
B-Buckler-2 yd. run PAT kick good at :24.
W-Coomer, 85-yd. kickoff return. PAT kick good by Bell at :15.
W-Coomer, 94-yd. kickoff return. Two-point conversion fails at 11:46.
B-Wilson, 45-yd. pass from Mitchell. Two-point conversion run by Buckler good at 7:10.
B-Buckler, 17-yd. run. PAT kick good by Brown at 7:11.
B-Chambers, 29-yd. run. PAT kick good by Brown at 5:56.
B-Chambers, 41-yd. run. Brown PAT kick good at 2:41.
Bill Liermann covers college and high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @lierjet.