Senior quarterback Jaden Rhynalds amassed nearly 200 scrimmage yards on his own and East Butler was too much for West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic in a 30-20 Tiger win on Friday in West Point.
Rhynalds was 17 of 30 through the air, passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more on 26 carries and 81 yards. In total, he had a hand in 184 of 188 yards of total offense and, with 33 kick return yards and 36 yards on punt returns, had 150 of the team's 266 all purpose yards.
After an 8-8 first quarter, East Butler took a 16-8 lead into halftime. A GACC touchdown accounted for the only third quarter points. The East Butler defense stopped the conversion attempt and took a 16-14 lead into the final frame.
Both teams added a touchdown in the fourth, but two East Butler touchdowns and two conversions gave the Tigers a win over the preseason No. 7 team in the Class D-1 rankings.
"Our team played physical and took advantage of our opportunities," coach Shawn Biltoft said in emailed comments. "The team flowed well to the ball. They started to play assignment football and built confidence through the game."
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Both of Rhynalds' touchdown passes went to Trevin Brecka who finished with six catches for 31 yards and the two scores.
Rhynalds and Austin Pierce shared the team lead with 10 tackles. Defensively, East Butler broke up seven passes, and Brecka and Dillon Dewitt each recovered a fumble.
"We have confidence in Jaden and his ability on the football field, but all the player are important to the success of the team as we move into next week," Biltoft said. "Our team just continued to battle and were able to take advantage of opportunities in the game. I was proud of our effort and attitude throughout the game."
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net.