BEAVERCREEK - The Butler Aviators traveled to Beavercreek Friday night for their final pre-season scrimmage and found much to like - and many things to work on.
The final score was a 13-13 tie with the Aviator scoring twice in the first half which was played under real-game timing. The JV teams played 20 minutes at halftime before the varsity returned for a running-clock third quarter.
“We made a lot of mistakes and they made a lot of mistakes,” said Butler head coach Greg Bush. “It doesn’t look like Ohio high school football at mid season - it looks like football at the beginning of the season. We have some work to do. We made some mistakes that cost us but so did they. The score came out tied at 13-13 because that’s about how it went.”
Quarterback Chandler Craine connected on his first six passes of the scrimmage and led the Aviators down the field before Nic Martin scored Butler’s first touchdown. Butler’s second touchdown came when Craine hit Noah Ballard for a six-yard score.
“I thought at times we blocked well and at times we threw the ball well,” said Bush. “I think if we had caught a few more balls on some plays it might have been a different outcome. This is a great place for those receivers to put pressure on themselves and realize they have to catch it all of the time, not some of the time.
“He (Craine) had time to throw and he made good choices. I thought our defense was good, we swarmed the ball, we were physical and laid the wood a few times. Coach Berry and the defensive coaches had our kids doing what we needed to do. They played some fundamental ball tonight. I thought every time they had some success we answered the bell and responded with success.”
The Aviators will open their 2014 campaign with a road trip to Springfield Shawnee. The Indians won their first nine games last season before dropping their final two to finish 9-2.
Bush said the Aviators will be ready.
“I thought we performed just like I thought we would perform,” said Bush. “We weren’t mentally sharp yet. We made some mistakes that we make in practice but sometimes its hard to correct those things in practice. Now we have teachable material and now we will go back and teach the game of football. I have all the confidence that our mistakes will be ironed out.”