VANDALIA — The Butler Aviators had early chances against Xenia on Friday night, but ultimately it was the visiting Buccaneers who took advantages of the chances they were given.
Xenia defeated Butler 21-0 on Friday night in a game that felt looked more lopsided in the scoreboard than it was on the field.
The heartache for the Aviators started on the opening kickoff – the Aviators attempted a short kick to the sideline that appeared to be fielded in-bounds which would have given Butler possession at midfield. The officials thought otherwise, however, and the kick was ruled out of bounds which instead gave Xenia possession at midfield.
Xenia was unable to take advantage of the good field position but after punting away the ball the Buccs were able to pick off a Luke Mitchell pass over the middle and return it to the Butler 22-yard line.
A few plays later, the Buccaneers pushed the ball across the goal line for their first score of the night with 1:55 to play in the first quarter.
On the ensuing possession Butler drove to the Xenia 16 yard line on the strength of a 44-yard completion from Mitchell to Bobby Buckler. Three straight runs that netted just 2 yards left the Aviators staring at a fourth-and-8 at the Bucc 16 but a pass completion to Clay Burrows resulted in a loss of five yards and stalled Butler’s best drive of the first half.
Xenia tried to take advantage but an interception by Mitchell Thomas at the Aviator 6-yard line kept the Aviators from being down two scores at the half.
Butler took the opening kickoff and drove it to the Xenia 35 but the drive stalled and the Aviators were forced to punt. Xenia took over at their own 10-yard line and ran 90 yards in just seven plays to take a 14-0 lead with 4:55 left in the third period.
A miscue by Butler on the ensuing kickoff started the Aviators out at their own 3-yard line. Butler was forced to kick from the shadow of its own goalposts which was returned to the Aviator 20-yard line.
Xenia needed just five plays to get their final score of the night and take a 21-0 lead with 1:15 to play in the third quarter.
Neither team threatened to score in the final period.
Butler (2-4 overall, 1-3 MVL Miami) will travel to Fairborn (2-4, 1-3) on Friday.