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Members of the Butler Bulldog football team chant after a win Aug. 27 at Westside High School. The Butler Bulldogs downed the Westside Patriots 42 to 0 ending their 41-game losing streak.  Corey Perrine/Staff
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Members of the Butler Bulldog football team chant after a win Aug. 27 at Westside High School. The Butler Bulldogs downed the Westside Patriots 42 to 0 ending their 41-game losing streak.

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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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jbfj
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jbfj 08/27/10 - 10:38 pm
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OMG, it's a miracle. Either

OMG, it's a miracle. Either Westside must have the worst team in decades or Butler has improved 1000%. Still don't understand how
Butler only has 3 home games and 6 away games. Does anyone know why? Is it because they do not draw enough fans to Butler Stadium to make a profit?

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 08/27/10 - 11:20 pm
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Congrats to the

Congrats to the Bulldogs!!!!!!!!!

jwtgone
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jwtgone 08/27/10 - 11:22 pm
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Finally my alma mater decided

Finally my alma mater decided to learn how to play football again. For a while it made me ashamed to say I graduated from the school. I hope the school is turning the corner toward respectability in all assets not just football. Butler was being labeled a ghetto school the last couple of years & that is not how you want to build a legacy with these kids.

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showboat 08/27/10 - 11:38 pm
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Westside has a very sorry
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Westside has a very sorry team and no coaching staff and no athletes. they want win a game this year, very sad with the fex-bone offense.

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Concerned2007 08/28/10 - 12:11 am
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jbfj: The reason why Butler

jbfj: The reason why Butler only has more away games this season is because, like all of the schools, they rotate each year. For example, they had 6 home games and 3 away games last season. Now this year they have the opposite, 6away and 3 home It has been like that for years. Did that answer your question?

Concerned2007
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Concerned2007 08/28/10 - 12:11 am
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By the way, "GO BULLDOGS!"

By the way, "GO BULLDOGS!"

jbfj
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jbfj 08/28/10 - 03:19 am
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Concerned: How long have they

Concerned: How long have they been doing this rotation. I don't know of any other region that does this. I just checked all the other teams schedules and none of them have only 3 home games. Every other team has either 4 or 5 home games. Butler only had 4 home games last year also if you check the books. Tell me where this rotation thing you talk about is in writing? Your theory makes no sense, I checked all other teams in the region for the past few years and none had less than 4 home games ever. And Go Bulldogs, graduate '71.

bigboy
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bigboy 08/28/10 - 03:45 am
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woooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow the last time butler won a game the seniors was in the 8th grade woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow i always wondered who wud be 1st woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow lol

blacklion1001
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blacklion1001 08/28/10 - 07:20 am
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Congratulations to the Butler

Congratulations to the Butler Bulldogs. All week I watch your practices, and I was sure you would end the skid. The intensity, focus, and discipline you showed in practice payed off. Continue to take one team at a time, stay focused, and most importantly, you do have some fan support. Take care of one another this season, you must have each other's back. Don't let your Battle Buddy down.

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storiesihaveread 08/28/10 - 08:47 am
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Congrats to Butler!!!!!!

Congrats to Butler!!!!!!

CCSports
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CCSports 08/28/10 - 09:36 am
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Congratulations Butler! Yes,

Congratulations Butler! Yes, this will be a down year @ Westside but the Bulldogs have some talent. Butler should have 4 home games this year. All Regions with 12 teams have the same format. The 10th game of the season is a cross-over game. For the top 3 in each division it is almost like a playoff game. #'s 4-6 play the same # in the other division as their 10th game (3N #4 plays 3S #4, 3N #5 plays 3S #5, and 3N #6 plays 3S #6). Makes the last game against equally match opponents. Of course the # 1 seeds are in the playoffs regardless (winner is # 1 seed/loser is # 2 seed for the playoffs). The only twist being 3N #2 plays 3S #3 and 3N #3 plays 3S #2. The two winners become the 3rd and 4th seed for the playoffs. With all that said Butler SHOULD get the 4th home game (the 10th game of the season). Of course who could argue not playing games at Butler? I know winning will put more fans in the stands but have you been to a game at Butler in the last 5 years? If there are 100 fans (even on homecoming) then it is a large crowd.

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littlecoach 08/28/10 - 09:54 am
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New coach at Westside and new

New coach at Westside and new offense, Westside does have athletes, because Butler could not stop Tre Isom at wide out, but trouble up front because of lack of size on both sides of the ball

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Riverman1 08/28/10 - 10:49 am
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A school that turns around 5

A school that turns around 5 years of losing is an interesting story. The coach saying he knew it would happen shows his confidence. People like that who take the extra step to be winners are few. Congrats to the team, the coach and the Butler community. Wouldn't it be something if they....

showboat
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showboat 08/29/10 - 09:20 am
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Tre Isom isn't a great
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Tre Isom isn't a great athlete, just average!!!!!!

LCC0256
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LCC0256 08/29/10 - 09:45 pm
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Once again Riverman is dead

Once again Riverman is dead on with his comments. Great job Butler Bulldogs...Establishing a winning football program will help Butler out in so many ways...Most of us in this area that understand sports know that Butler has ALWAYS had excellent athletes...They have sent more to the colleges than just about any other school in this area....There are many in this community that are pulling for Butler & hoping this will stem the tide of violence, thuggery and mayhem that has surrounded this fine school...PARENTS AND TEACHERS AT BUTLER...Your football coaching staff and the players are doing something positive..NOW YOU FOLLOW SUIT....

imright1
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imright1 08/31/10 - 08:15 pm
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As a recent ARC graduate it

As a recent ARC graduate it makes me excited to see another team that was at the bottom start their season on a good note. Hopefully Butler can help restore the reputation of Richmond County football and accomplish what the Musketeers did just two seasons ago. Also, WESTSIDE LOST TO BUTLER HAHA. It also makes me extremely excited to watch the Westside football program along with the school crumble before our eyes. There can only be one football team and school at the top of the county and Westside definitely doesnt have the personell to achieve on the field or in the classroom.

imright1
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imright1 08/31/10 - 08:18 pm
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Correction on that last

Correction on that last comment: I realize ARC lost Friday night but I was more referring to the 2008 season when the Musketeers earned a playoff berth following an 0-10 season

littlecoach
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littlecoach 09/02/10 - 01:49 pm
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@imright did you see the game

@imright did you see the game . . .have you been to westside. . .please ARC has a top flight basketball program but guess what your athletes are leaving to go to prep because they cannot pass the graduation test . . . Tre Isom is a great athlete AND STUDENT look it up

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