Barney Chavous believes his time in the NFL prepared him for another challenge: coaching high school football.
Chavous, who spent 14 years playing for the Denver Broncos, developed an understanding for the game during his pro career. He said he believes his time in the pros helped him learn to deal with people on all levels.
In his coaching debut Friday night, his experience wasn't enough. Butler's Cornell Scales kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:18 to play for a 16-13 victory.
Butler started a low-scoring first half with a 7-yard touchdown run from Keltavious Jones with 1:30 left in the first quarter. Josey tied the game with 22 seconds remaining in the first half on a 15-yard Rashad Roberts pass to Bryce Doe.
Another strong ground performance from Scales kept the Bulldogs in the game. Scales, who ran for 141 yards against Richmond Academy last week, racked up 104 yards on 23 carries against Josey.
"This week we played four quarters of football," Butler coach David Land said. "They may not have been the prettiest four quarters of football, but we came out and did a good job.
"Cornell is one of those kids that runs hard. If you give him a little bit of a crack, he's going to bust his fanny for you.".
Josey grabbed the lead with 3:34 left in the third quarter on an 85-yard punt return by Bryce Doe. But Scales tied the game at 13 early in the fourth quarter with a 12-yard run and then won it with his kick in the final two minutes.