Football: St. Francis runs over Plainfield South
By Scott Ehling For Sun-Times Media September 7, 2013 12:16AM
Updated: September 7, 2013 6:25PM
St. Francis (Wheaton) 43, Plainfield South 20
St. Francis senior runningback James Butler was a one-man wrecking crew for the Spartans as he scored four touchdowns on his first nine carries in the first half to spark the offense.
Plainfield South (1-1) trailed 33-14 with 2:39 remaining in the first half when the Cougars mounted their best offensive series of the game. Plainfield South drove the ball down to the Spartans two-yard line where runningback Joshua Harris was stopped just short of the goal line on a fourth-and-goal with less than twenty seconds left in the half.
Butler ran the ball 22 times for 254 yards and scored four touchdowns (66, 57, 31, 51). On each on of his touchdowns Butler broke free of multiple tackles, once even bumping into his own quarterback on a busted play that resulted in a score.
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St. Francis (2-0) played to their strengths on offense with Butler and their stout offensive line and capitalized on Plainfield South mistakes as the Spartans defense forced three turnovers that resulted in twenty-one points.
“I was always taught to never give up on a play because I knew my offensive line was going to keep blocking and I told them that I would meet them all in the end zone.” — Butler said.
Scott A. Ehling