East Butler's football season came to an end Oct. 25 at Milligan when the Tigers were defeated by the Exeter-Milligan/Friend Timberwolves 60-24.
After winning the D-1 state championship last year going 11-2, East Butler was in somewhat of a rebuild process after the departure of star quarterback Dalton Bohac.
In the 2017 championship season, Bohac passed for 2,187 yards, 34 touchdowns and contributed 17 rushing scores.
In 2018, Junior Jaden Rhynalds was asked to step up to the starting quarterback position.
Rhynalds proved to be a dual-threat quarterback passing for 671 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 937 yards and 17 more scores.
The Tigers though, while continuing to build throughout the year, were not able to match the success of last season finishing 3-6.
The first round playoff match up against EMF was a rematch from earlier this season, one that East Butler lost 62-18 on Oct. 5.
The Tigers were competitive for the first half, going into the locker room down 20-12, but the Timberwolves came out firing on all cylinders scoring 40 points in the third and the fourth.
During the game, Rynalds completed 12 of his 22 pass attempts for 182 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
Christian Hofpar and Wade Wright were the two receivers who caught the touchdown passes.
Hofpar recorded 169 all-purpose yards during the game - 10 rushing, 94 receiving and 65 returning.
Rynalds also led the team in tackles during the game with 23. Rhynalds finished the season with a team-high 130 tackles. He also recorded one interception during the contest with EMF, which was his third pick on the year.
The Tigers will look to build upon what they did this year as they only lose two seniors. WR/LB Hofpar who totaled 34 rushing yards, 155 receiving yards and 111 returns yards during the season and TE/DL Heise who had 16 tackles during the season.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net