Football: team moves into sole possession of first place

The Butler football team used running back Trae Heeter’s career high 231 rushing yards and two touchdowns to beat Davidson 31-20 on Saturday and remain undefeated in Pioneer League play.

“The win was good, because they’ve always given us trouble,” Butler head coach Jeff Voris said. “They play hard, and especially at their place, they’re really good.

The Bulldogs (7-2, 6-0) won their sixth straight game, while Davidson fell to 1-7 (1-4) on the year.

Butler was tied at 5-0 for the PFL going into the weekend, but Drake didn’t play Saturday and they took sole possession of first place. They now control their own destiny for the PFL championship.

Senior captain linebacker Jordan Ridley said they have tried to go 1-0 each week, and nothing was different against Davidson.

“We always take it one week at a time and treat each game like a championship,” Ridley said.

Heeter’s first touchdown came early in the second quarter to put the Bulldogs in the lead for good.

The PFL’s rushing leader scored his second touchdown on a 78-yard run late in the second half to give the Bulldogs momentum going into the locker room. At the time the Wildcats were making a push in momentum. Heeter said they needed the big play to get the momentum back in their favor.

“The offensive line made a big hole and I raced 78 yards to the end zone,” Heeter said.

Quarterback Matt Lancaster threw for two touchdowns and 277 yards and no interceptions. Lancaster has thrown just two picks all season, leading all PFL quarterbacks.

Davidson cut Butler’s early lead to 24-20 in the fourth quarter, but Lancaster’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Marque Martin-Hayes put the game out of reach for the Wildcats.

The Bulldogs host Jacksonville (6-2, 4-1) on Saturday, who was tied for the lead most of the season until losing to San Diego two weeks ago. The game is the Bulldog’s final home game.

The following week Butler travels to Drake for what could be a potential PFL championship game.

Ridley and co-captain Matt Storrey, an offensive lineman, were both a part of the 2009 PFL championship team.

Ridley said Saturday’s game against Jacksonville will be an emotional one.

“We’re lucky to be in the position that the last two games will mean something,” Ridley said.

Ridley said it would mean a lot to come in with a ring and go out with a ring.

“It would be amazing to do that,” Storrey said.

Storrey said it makes it a lot more exciting to end his career in the Butler Bowl being in the position they are in.

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