Strong Second Half Leads Football to 31-0 Blanking of Butler
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DAVIDSON, N.C. – Dylan Sparks rushed for a career-high 180 yards on 16 carries and Coy Williams added another 109 on the ground as Davidson blanked Butler, 31-0, in Pioneer Football League action Saturday afternoon inside Richardson Stadium.
The Wildcats, who recorded their first shutout since the 2019 campaign, won their fourth straight and improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in PFL play, while the Bulldogs fell to 2-2 and 0-1.
In all, Davidson finished with 498 yards rushing en route to 614 total yards, while controlling the time of possession 40:42 to 19:18.
The Wildcats’ Caden Bonoffski provided the only scoring in the first half capping the game’s opening drive with a 44-yard field.
Aaron Maione put the first touchdown on the board at the 10:40 mark of third quarter with a 9-yard scamper. The sophomore would later score on his only other carry, a 17-yard run early in the fourth to lead to a 24-0 advantage.
Davidson quarterback Jayden Waddell, who ran for a score of his own to punctuate a 10-play, 76-yard drive late in the third, also hooked up with Bradyn Oakley on a 24-yard throw for the game’s final score with 6:57 left.
In addition to holding the Bulldogs to just 290 total yards, almost 100 below their season average, the Wildcat defense picked off three Brett Bushka passes, including two by John Tessmann.
Jordan Burrell also had an interception for Davidson, which held Butler to just 1-of-8 on third-down conversions. Daniel Carter finished with a team-high five tackles.
Mark McCurdy led the Wildcats in receiving with 52 yards on four catches.
Davidson will travel to St. Paul, Minn., next weekend for a 2 p.m. kick-off with conference foe St. Thomas.