Bulldogs end long skid

The wait is over.


After losing 41 consecutive games, the Butler Bulldogs could finally celebrate when the clock hit zero Friday as they pounded Westside 42-0.

Junior running back Jeffery Menefee totaled 204 rushing yards, and the Bulldogs' defense held the Patriots to fewer than 100 yards of offense.

A team that had stayed within 10 points of an opponent just once during the skid ended the night celebrating with dancing, hugs and cheers from family, friends and the band.

It was all a result that probably shocked everyone -- except the Bulldogs (1-0).

Asked whether he expects to win in such a dominating fashion, second-year coach Ashley Harden said, "Honestly? Yes."

"We don't feel like there's a team that outworks us," he said.

Butler pounded out 271 rushing yards thanks to a dominant offensive line. Quarterback Clayton Johnson didn't throw the ball much but was effective when he did, as all three of his completions went for big gains, including his 18-yard touchdown pass to Mel Jones. Johnson also ran for one of the five rushing scores.

Westside let the game slip away early.

The Patriots (0-1) lost the ball on fumbles in their first three possessions of the game and fell behind 20-0 at the end of the first quarter. By the final whistle, Westside had lost five fumbles and also thrown an interception.

After the game, Butler huddled up in victory for the first time since Oct. 21, 2005, when it beat Richmond Academy.

"We just made history," Lonzo Harris said. "It's over."

Jones, a junior, said people believed his team couldn't win.

Echoing the same thoughts, Harris said he and his teammates started yelling, "We all we got," in reference to the feeling that they had something to prove because no one besides themselves seemed to expect a victory.

With six touchdowns, Harden's bunch posted a number it was used to seeing its opponents score, with Menefee's three touchdowns leading the way. The junior carried the load with 21 rushing attempts, as V.J. Williams was dealing with what Harden said was a hamstring injury suffered Wednesday.

"We've been busting our butts since December," Harden told his team in the postgame huddle. "Nobody works like we work."

Harden, who said he was nervous all game and couldn't sleep the night before, is ready to see even more from his team.

"We've still got a lot of work to do," he said."

Butler 42, Westside 0

PLAY OF THE GAME: Jeffery Menefee 's 5-yard run erased any doubt about the games' result.

STAR OF THE GAME: Menefee rushed for more than 200 yards as the ground game dominated.

WHY BUTLER WON: The Bulldogs dominated on both sides of the ball and the offensive lines created huge holes.

WHY WESTSIDE LOST: The Patriots had six turnovers and couldn't move the ball.

NEXT: Butler at Twiggs County. Cross Creek at Westside.



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