Nov. 9, 2002
Sophomore tailback LeVar Ammons rushed for 236 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns to lead host Quincy to a 37-28 victory over Butler at QU Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9. The season-ending loss snapped Butler's two-game winning streak and left the Bulldogs with a 4-6 final record.
Ammons, the leading rusher in the NCAA Division II, rushed for more than 200 yards for the fourth consecutive game, all wins for the 4-6 Hawks. He scored the game's first touchdown on a nine-yard run less than three minutes into the contest, and he tallied the Hawks' final insurance touchdown on a five-yard run with just two minutes remaining in the game.
While Ammons provided the offensive fireworks, it was three key defensive plays late in the game that insured Quincy's first victory in five games with the Bulldogs. The first was a 55-yard punt by Craig Harmon that rolled down the left sideline and came to rest on the Butler's two-yard line with 3:41 left and Quincy holding a slim 30-28 lead.
On the next play, Billy Survillion intercepted a pass from Butler's Ian Nelson and returned it to the Butler 21-yard line. That set up a five play drive that led to the final Ammons' touchdown.
The Hawks then sealed the victory when Christopher Lee intercepted Nelson at the Quincy 15-yard line in the closing seconds. The play ended Butler's final comeback attempt.
The Bulldogs, who trailed 17-7 at halftime, challenged Quincy with three second half touchdowns. Nelson started the final half scoring with an eight-yard pass to tight end Scott Reddel. The Butler quarterback then followed a Quincy touchdown with a 31-yard scoring run to cut the Hawks' lead to 24-21. The two teams traded touchdowns again, with senior tailback Dale Jennings scoring his second touchdown of the game on a five-yard run to cut Quincy's lead to 30-28 and set the stage for the closing flurry.
Quincy dominated the first 30 minutes of the contest behind the prolific running of Ammons. The Hawks gained 300 yards in total offense in the first half, including 227 on the ground! Quincy had 17 first downs to seven for the Bulldogs and compiled a 18:44 to 11:16 advantage in possession time. Ammons led the way with 151 rushing yards on 22 carries!
The Hawks jumped to a 7-0 lead on their first possession, driving 76 yards in six plays with Ammons carrying the final nine yards for the touchdown. The rugged tailback picked up 37 yards on four carries on the drive.
Quincy ran the lead to 17-0 on a 29-yard field goal by Matt Waters and a four-yard touchdown run by quarterback Shane DeSherlia, before the Bulldogs broke into the scoring column late in the second quarter. Sophomore Justin Campbell ignited the Bulldogs with a 56-yard kickoff return to the Quincy 44-yard line, and the Butler chewed up the remaining yards in five plays with Jennings scoring his 19th touchdown from the one-yard line. The big plays were a 26-yard Nelson to Adam Lafferty pass and a 14-yard run by Jennings.
Jennings finished the game with 101 rushing yards on 18 carries. He boosted his single season scoring total to 120 points, third on Butler's single season scoring list. Nelson completed 14 of 28 passes for 166 yards and one TD, but he was intercepted three times. Senior Adam Lafferty had six catches for 81 yards, and senior linebacker Lou Capizzi led the Bulldogs with a career-high 16 tackles.