Butler pounds Porter Ridge

Bulldogs score 55 unanswered points
Oct. 26, 2013 @ 12:30 AM
Butler rallied from an early first-quarter deficit Friday, then put together a five-minute explosion of points to make sure Porter Ridge couldn't do the same.
 
In the first-ever meeting between the two Southwestern 4A Conference schools, the Bulldogs (7-3, 4-1) kept their league title hopes alive while simultaneously denting Porter Ridge's championship hopes with a 55-6 victory. It was a back-and-forth first half in a game that got out of hand late.
 
The Pirates (6-3, 3-1) led 6-0 midway through the first quarter after Casey Hardison's 22-yard touchdown reception, but the Bulldogs closed the period with three consecutive touchdowns.
 
Butler's junior quarterback Anthony Ratliff (6-2, 190 pounds) torched the Pirates with a pair of 50-plus yard touchdown runs in the opening half. The first, a 51-yard score, came on third-and-10. The second, a 57-yard scamper, was on a third-and-2 play. Both were improvisations on called pass plays. The latter was the final score of the first half, giving Butler a 27-6 lead at halftime.
 
Ratliff finished with 206 passing yards and 134 rushing yards in three quarters. He rushed for three touchdowns, passed for another and caught a 5-yard TD on a halfback pass.
 
Porter Ridge's defense had a few critical stops in the first half, including two sacks from Luke Bayly, but couldn't capitalize as Butler's big-play defense bogged down the Pirates' option offense. At one point, Porter Ridge had 12 consecutive incompletions.
 
Andrew Demaria led the Pirates with 78 rushing yards on 15 carries. QB Isaiah Hicklin passed for 61 yards, and Hardison caught two passes for 28 yards.
 
Porter Ridge plays at East Meck next Friday, while Butler has a bye before closing its season at Independence.