Butler football falls to Valparaiso 36-28

Seniors Sam Schrader and Duvante Lane embrace. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Lafakis. 

JOSH MULLENIX | STAFF REPORTER | jmulleni@butler.edu  

The Butler football team fell to Valparaiso on senior day at the Sellick Bowl, 36-28. The Bulldogs honored 22 seniors before today’s game.

“In January when we started we had some guys [seniors] that really cared about each other and they made relationships down through the team,” head coach Jeff Voris said. “It was a tight-knit group and they worked hard and did all the little things it takes to be successful and they did it the Butler way.”

Valparaiso got off to a hot start in the first quarter. After a Butler field goal to begin the game, the Crusaders rattled off 17 unanswered points.

Crusader quarterback Jimmy Seewald found Morgan Jarrett halfway through the first quarter for a 53-yard touchdown pass and then found Jean Rene on a 9-yard touchdown two minutes later.

Seewald had himself a day, throwing for 285 yards passing on 18 completions and three touchdowns.

“They are really good on offense,” Voris said. “They had a really good scheme and a quarterback that can distribute the ball. We knew they were going to be tough today.”

The Bulldogs answered early in the second quarter. Redshirt senior Sam Schrader found junior tight end Jacob Lewis on fourth down deep in Crusader territory.

Schrader had a strong performance on senior day. The redshirt senior threw for a touchdown and ran for another. He had 70 yards rushing and 23 yards in the air.

After another Valpo score, the Bulldogs answered late in the second quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run from redshirt senior running back Duvante Lane.

In the second half, the Bulldogs could not overcome the deficit. At the end of the third quarter, Butler trailed 30-17.

The Bulldogs scored 11 points in the fourth quarter but trailed by eight points or more the entire quarter. Seniors Sam Schrader and Duvante Lane paired up for the final touchdown of the day for the Dawgs. Sam Schrader found the end zone on a 2-yard QB keeper and Lane ran in the two-point conversion.

 

The Bulldogs finish the season 6-5 overall and 4-4 in Pioneer Football League Play. Butler finished sixth in the final conference standings.

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