October 26, 2013

Butler Falls At San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. -- Host San Diego rolled off 35 unanswered points and held on to post a 42-14 victory over Butler in key Pioneer Football League on Saturday, Oct. 26.  The outcome shook up the PFL standings and left the league with a four-way tie for first place.

The Toreros, behind quarterback Mason Mills, scored touchdowns on their first three possessions in the game to take a 21-point lead just seven seconds into the second period, and then stretched that margin to 35-0 before Butler found the end zone.  That lead proved to be more than enough for the home team, which improved to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the the PFL.

Butler (6-3, 4-1 PFL) got untracked just before halftime, marching 75 yards in 11 plays.  Quarterback Matt Lancaster hit wide receiver Brendan Shannon with a 23-yard pass to give the Bulldogs a first down at the San Diego six-yard line.  Two plays later, the Butler signal caller ran to the end zone from three yards out with 15 seconds left in the half.

The Bulldogs then opened the second half with another scoring drive, this one covering 70 yards in nine plays.  Lancaster and Shannon hooked up another big play, an 18-yard aerial to the USD 21-yard line, during the drive, and the two completed the march with a nine-yard scoring pass.

But the Indiana squad couldn't maintain the momentum, and San Diego added a late third quarter touchdown for the final margin.

Mason finished the game with 407 passing yards and five touchdown passes.  He connected on 26 of 36 passes in the win.  Wide receiver Sam Hoekstra was on the receiving end of nine of those passes for 175 yards and one touchdown.

Lancaster finished with over 300 yards in total offense.  He hit on 25 of 41 passes for 251 yards, and he rushed for 54 yards on 10 carries.  Shannon had eight catches for 119 yards.  Senior running back Trae Heeter picked up a team-high 60 yards on 18 attempts.

Linebacker Bryce Barry topped Butler's defense with seven tackles, including one tackle for loss.

The Bulldogs, now tied with San Diego, Dayton and Marist for first place in the PFL standings, will play their second consecutive PFL road game when they visit Dayton on Saturday, Nov. 2.