Butler Bulldogs race through winning season to take 4-AA state championship
The Butler High football team fought off tough teams this season, beating most by nearly 30 points a game. And the Dec. 12 state championship game was no exception: the team won 48-17 against Fayetteville Jack Britt High School to win its first North Carolina High School Athletic Association state title. The Bulldogs ended the season 15-0 after the final game at Carter-Finley Stadium.DeMikael Burse, Outstanding Defensive Player Of The Game

“I am thrilled for the team and for our school,” said Principal Teresa Hopkins. “Our players showed their skill on and off the field this year, and our students, staff, parents and fans supported us through this amazing season.”

Butler quarterback Christian LeMay threw three touchdown passes in the championship game, finishing the season with 44 touchdown passes. He won the Wendy’s Most Valuable Player Award.

Butler defensive back DiMikael Burse was named Outstanding Defensive Player and running back Jahwan Edwards was named Outstanding Offensive Player.

Butler’s team was also recognized this year for its hard work, dedication and sportsmanship. The Charlotte Regional Sports Commission gave the team its 2009 “High School Football Team of the Year” Award

“The Charlotte Sports Commission takes great pride in bestowing this award,” said Michael Mistler, director of operations for the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission. “The Bulldogs football team, in achieving remarkable success this year, certainly exudes these qualities.” 

Butler also won the award in 1999.

The Bulldogs are making their mark on the national level as well. On Dec. 14, the Bulldogs moved up to number two in the National Prep Poll. MaxPreps and ESPN rank Butler sixth and Rivals High from Yahoo!Sports.com has Butler at number 14.


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