Butler return

Curwensville’s Thad Butler runs with the ball against Mount Union in this Sept. 4 file photo. Butler ran for 160 yards and three TDs to lead the Tide to a 35-6 victory over Meyersdale Friday night.

MEYERSDALE — Thad Butler rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Curwensville to a 35-6 victory over the Meyersdale.

Dan McGarry completed 13-18 passes for 208 yards, while teammate Ty Terry caught nine balls for 179 yards, and added a pick six as the trio frustrated the Red Raiders all night long to help Curwensville move to 2-1 on the season.

“Offensively we started clicking last week in the passing game,” said Curwensville head coach Jim Thompson. “Those three guys are no shocker to me that they have performed, and they have been here working their tails off in the weight room since I came here three years ago.”

Butler also thanked the passing game for allowing him to have big running lanes.

“Our pass game has spread the defense out and opened it up for me,” said Butler. “The offensive line blocked really well, and I just hit the holes and I was gone.”

Curwensville took the opening kickoff, but the Red Raiders forced a three and out.

Meyersdale went to the ground game on their opening series and marched down inside the Golden Tide 20-yard line when a holding call put Meyersdale behind the chains. After several failed pass attempts the ball went over on downs back to Curwensville.

The Golden Tide decided to go to the air on their second possession with two big completions from McGarry to Terry putting the ball at the Red Raider 10-yard line.

Butler took the ball off left tackle from the ten to opening the scoring and give Curwensville the 7-0 lead as quarter one came to an end.

The second quarter saw Meyersdale again having success on the ground, but a fumble by Bryson Hetz was recovered by Curwensville’s McGarry at the 24-yard line to end the scoring threat.

Curwensville came out with a balanced attack on their third possession as the chewed-up clock and moved the ball inside the Meyersdale redzone. McGarry then hit Jake Mullins over the middle from 19 yards out to extend the lead to 14-0 with 4:48 left in the opening half.

Meyersdale again was having success on the ground running the ball their first six plays on the next possession crossing over midfield when they decided to go to the air. That’s when disaster struck as a Daulton Sellers pass was intercepted over the middle by Hunter Tkacik to give the ball back to the Golden Tide.

Curwensville struck fast one as Butler took the ball on a draw play off left tackle and made several Red Raider defenders miss on his way to a 76-yard score to make it 21-0 with seconds left in the half.

Meyersdale was content to head to the lockeroom and regroup for the second half.

The Red Raiders came out with success on the ground again to open the third quarter running the ball most of the 12-play drive that was capped off by a Bryson Hetz seven yard run to make it 21-6 after the extra point was blocked.

Curwensville took the ball deep at their own 15-yard line but needed just eight plays before Butler found the endzone for the third time on the night with a nice spin move to race in from six yards out for the score extending the lead back to 28-6.

In the final quarter the Red Raiders tried to air it out, but Daulton Sellers was picked off by Ty Terry who picked up some nice blocks on his way to a 77-yard interception return for the score to set the final at 35-6

For Meyersdale’s coach Ryan Donaldson who host Blacklick Valley next week, he knows they need to eliminate the turnovers and play better defense.

“You can’t make mistakes, as many as them as we did tonight against a team that when it switches gears the can score so fast. They are a great team, but we must fix the turnovers which is a mental mistake, and on defense we must fix the tackling. We will be back to work on Monday to get it fixed for Blacklick next week.

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