Following his team’s 49-0 victory over West Forsyth in the first round of the Class 4AA playoffs, Butler coach Brian Hales said he was happy with not only how the Bulldogs played but the way they were able to keep their composure.
The Bulldogs posted their fourth shutout of the season and held West Forsyth, who had not been held scoreless since 2004, to a little more than 100 yards total offense. The Titans seemed to take out their frustrations during the game, as they were whistled for six personal fouls and accrued more penalty yardage than their offense.
“I was proud we kept our composure,” Hales said. “I think some of (the penalties) they were trying to get at us, but we held our own.”
There were plenty of Bulldogs positives. Riley Ferguson threw five touchdown passes (to five different receivers) in his first start since breaking a bone in his hand. The defense recorded two late goal-line stands, and running back Josh Glisson only needed to carry the ball four times, getting some well-deserved rest.
Three players – tight end Steven Scherban, running back Jordan Huntley and receiver Cadarius Harrison — scored their first touchdowns on the season.
“Any time we can get more guys involved it will help us going forward,” Hales said.
The Bulldogs now have a rematch with rival Independence, but they say the game will be like any other.
“We are going to look at what we did well, what they did well and try to anticipate the adjustments that they may make this time around,” Hales said. “We know them well, and they know what we will be trying to do, so it will come down to us doing what we do well.”