Butler-Indy game moved to Memorial Stadium
The Butler-Independence football game, which takes place on Oct. 26, has been moved from the Butler campus to Memorial Stadium.
The Bulldogs’ home stadium seats approximately 2,500 spectators, while Memorial Stadium can handle close to 17,000.
Entering Friday, Oct. 5 games, the Patriots and Bulldogs are tied atop the Southwestern 4A conference standings with 3-0 conference records.
LeMay makes All-American bowl
Butler senior receiver Uriah LeMay has been selected to compete in the second-annual Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, according to his father, Stacy.
Bowl officials will present LeMay with his Semper Fidelis All-American jersey during a ceremony at Butler High on Friday, Oct. 12, at 1:45 p.m.
The game, supported by the U.S. Marine Corps, will be played on Jan. 4, 2013, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. It will be broadcast live on the NFL Network at 3 p.m.
According to Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl officials, players are chosen based on character, on-field performance and academic accomplishments. The game features 100 of the nation’s top high school seniors in an East-vs.-West format.
This season, LeMay leads the Bulldogs with 24 catches for 480 yards and six touchdowns. He has committed to play at the University of Georgia, where his brother, Christian, is a redshirt sophomore quarterback.
Indy coach wants consistency
Although Independence won its fourth consecutive game by at least 24 points and maintained a perfect mark in the Southwestern 4A conference by defeating Providence, 34-10, on Sept. 28, Patriots coach Bill Geiler has mixed feelings.
The good part, Geiler said, was the fact that the defense forced five turnovers, including a fumble recovery that sophomore linebacker Tony Worthy returned 28 yards for a touchdown.
“The defense has played as well as they can the last two weeks,” Geiler said. “I think they’re starting to get it. The (defensive) line is holding its blocks, the linebackers are understanding their coverage and not trying to do too much. If we do that, and don’t have any breakdowns, than I’m happy with them.”
The offense, particularly the offensive line, is another story.
Geiler was so displeased with the line’s performance that he called a meeting last Saturday morning.
“The offensive line played bad,” Geiler said. “How can (running back) Isaiah (Robinson) get 91 yards in the first half and then get seven yards all the second half when we’re trying to run the ball?
“It is the O-line’s fault. We have a pretty good JV team, and we’ll bring those guys up soon if (the varsity players) can’t get it. I just don’t understand it.”
In addition to poor offensive line play, Geiler said his team lacks killer instincts. After Independence jumped to a 28-3 halftime lead, Providence won the time-of-possession battle in the second half and had some opportunities to score.
“We still can’t put teams away,” Geiler said. “We are lackadaisical and just go through the motions out there. When the old Independence teams we had would get up by a couple scores, the game was over. We don’t have that here.”
Rocky River rebounds
Rocky River bounced back from its 40-6 loss to Butler with a convincing 42-0 win over South Mecklenburg on Sept. 28.
“We played really well defensively,” said Ravens coach Jason Fowler. “We didn’t start out offensively very well, but (a) lightning break (during the game) gave us a chance to adjust some things on the fly, and we were a lot better after that.”
The game was delayed in the first half for 30 minutes because of lightning in the area, but it was senior defensive back Naquan Evans who provided the fireworks for the Ravens. Evans recorded three tackles, ran an interception back 23 yards for a touchdown and returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown.
While Evans was dynamic, Fowler wasn’t pleased with the offensive line that he said played its worst game of the season.
“They didn’t stay on their blocks well, the wide receivers didn’t block well, and we dropped at least four passes,” Fowler said.
Fowler, however, did like the Ravens’ rushing attack that gained 146 yards on 38 carries divided among seven players.
“We have several guys who we feel can really hurt you with their legs, and we want to make sure that they can get the ball,” Fowler said.
The Ravens played their second consecutive game without junior Deron Davis (ankle sprain), the team’s leading rusher. Davis is healthy again and will play Friday, Oct. 5, at East Mecklenburg, where Fowler was an assistant for several years.
Butler gets first shutout of season
Butler finished off East Mecklenburg, 60-0, on Sept. 28, improving its record to 6-0, behind running back Josh Glisson’s four touchdowns and an unrelenting defense.
Glisson had two rushing and two receiving touchdowns.
“That’s just Josh,” said Butler coach Brian Hales. “You know what you’re going to get with him every week. He’s going to break some tackles (and) be hard to bring down. When you throw it to him, he’ll catch it and, recently, he’s going to get into the end zone three or four times a game.”
While Glisson has headlined the offense, the defense forced six turnovers against the Eagles. Linebacker Sean Wiggins leads the Bulldogs in tackles, but a number of players, including defensive back Channing Stribling, who leads the team in interceptions, seem to be in on every play.
“The defense has been really good,” Hales said. “We talk all the time about how every Friday is a test. The uniforms lining up across from us may be different, but it still comes down to how we execute. I feel pretty good with what we have.”
This week’s opponent, Ardrey Kell, scored 40 points on the Bulldogs last year before falling, 43-40. But Hales said there’s no added motivation heading into Friday’s matchup.
“We looked at the film from last year and saw some of the things that maybe gave us some problems,” Hales said. “They did some things last year, but we didn’t play bad and I think they played well.
“It’s about us more than it is anything else. We have to execute, and if we do that we’ll be fine.”