Butler running back Tony Overall was the offensive standout in the Bears' 21-13 victory over Bryan Station in the iHigh Football Frenzy at Henry Clay on Friday night.
But it was Butler's overall defense that was the real star of the game.
While Overall was rushing 36 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns, Butler's "D" was smothering the Defenders most of the night.
Bryan Station managed only 12 yards in the first half and had only 42 at the end of three quarters. It finally got its passing attack going in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.
The Defenders finished with minus-17 yards rushing and 179 passing.
"We just need more consistency on both sides of the ball," said Defenders first-year coach Kenny Turner after his team dropped to 0-2.
"We're progressing and putting the pieces together, maybe not as fast as we'd like. It's just going to take time."
Butler Coach Scott Carmony was happy that his Bears won their season opener, but he wasn't overwhelmed by their performance.
"We're always pleased with a win, but the kids know we've got a long, long way to go," he said. "We're just so inexperienced, we're going to make silly, dumb mistakes. We knew it'd happen, but we just didn't want it to be catastrophic.
"Early on, it was catastrophic."
Butler's first offensive series was a disaster. Bryan Station's Jared Hardin returned an interception 94 yards for a TD.
The Bears fumbled away their second possession, and soon after sophomore quarterback J.D. Morgan was picked off again.
But Butler got its game together after that, with Overall carrying the load. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound senior pounded away inside and broke free for a few long runs.
Overall's 5-yard TD run and Morgan's 16-yard TD pass to Kiante Northington in the second quarter put the Bears ahead to stay.
They stretched their lead to 21-7 when Overall shook loose for a 40-yard TD run late in the third quarter.
Butler's defense, meanwhile, was stuffing Bryan Station at the line.
Defenders QB Mike Winkler finally found his passing touch in the fourth quarter and marched the Defenders down the field. He capped the drive with a 13-yard scoring pass to Tyriq Roberts.
Butler 0 14 7 0—21
Bryan Station 7 0 0 6—13
BS—Jared Hardin 94 interception return (Richie Marx kick). BU—Tony Overall 5 run (kick blocked). BU—Kiante Northington 16 pass from J.D. Morgan (Tyler Sharp run). BU—Overall 40 run (Chase Hibbs kick) BS—Tyriq Roberts 13 pass from Mike Winkler (kick failed).
Records—Butler 1-0; Bryan Station 0-2.