August 31st, 2019

DeSales Downs Butler 37-8


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

DeSales Downs Butler 37-8
DeSales defeats Butler 37-8

What a difference a week can make. After a thorough beating by rival St. Xavier last Friday. DeSales took out its frustrations on south end neighbor, visiting Butler 37-8, Friday.


Senior running back Antione Johnson had three touchdowns while DeMarcus Avery, starting his second game at quarterback, had two touchdowns on runs of one and six yards and threw two scoring passes of 13 and 29 yards.


"We felt like we didn't play to our full potential," said Johnson of last weeks embarrassing loss. "We felt like we let our fan base down, our teammates down. Our coaches down. We let everybody down. That wasn't us last week. We had to show everybody who we are."


DeSales (1-1) did it in style rolling to a 23-0 halftime lead scoring points on four of the five times it had the ball. The Colts held Butler to three first half first downs and 32 total offensive yards in the first-half. 


If Butler had visions of a comeback they quickly vanished. Butler was to get the ball to begin the second half, but the Colts kicker Blake Givens recovered his own onside kick. DeSales went 49 yards in six plays as Johnson caught a 13 yard scoring pass from Avery. Givens extra point kick gave DeSales a 30-0 lead with 9:38 in the third quarter.


After a Butler punt DeSales came right back with a six play 58 yard drive with Avery connecting with Johnson for a 29 yard scoring pass. Givens kick with 5:47 in the third quarter led to a running clock because of the mercy rule.


Avery finished with 68 yards rushing in 10 carries and was two of six passing for 42 years. Antione Johnson had 53 yards in 10 carries while James Johnson and Naytion Daniels had 44 yards each. 

The last two seasons DeSales beat Butler 28-27 and last year 34-33. Johnson who caught the winning score last season wanted no part of a close game this time.


"We got tired of doing that," said Johnson. "I don't like having close games. I like to go home get some rest and come back to practice."


Butler (0-2) got on the scoreboard when senior quarterback Chaz Burks connected with freshman Kenyon Goodin for a 43 yard touchdown with 5:19 remaining. 


"They've got a great offensive and defensive line," said Butler coach Gary Wheeler Jr.   "We knew coming into the game that we were going to have to contain those guys or it was going to be a long night. We have to play better than that."


DeSales coach Harold Davis in his eighth season said he's never seen such a change in a team over a short period of time. "I don't know if I've seen anything like what we played like last week to how we played this week," said Davis. "We proved to ourselves, the players what the coaches have been telling them. We can play like this. But everybody has to be on the same page."


After giving up 38 points last week, DeSales set the tone early with its defense. It's defensive front put a lot of pressure on the Butler offensive front.


"That's where it all starts," said Davis. "Everybody on defense played well. They were playing so good. 

That's how they can play. That's how we expected them to play."


DeSales gets a week off before traveling to Lexington Catholic (2-0) on September 13.


"We came together as a team tonight," said Johnson. "Everybody was pointing fingers last week. Our focus this week was becoming a team. I felt like we showed that tonight on the field."



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