Two plays later, Butler lofted a perfectly thrown ball to Jon Wingate along the left sideline on a 20-yard scoring play. Feyerabend’s PAT made it 43-26 with 10:35 left in the fourth quarter.
Butler then made a diving interception in front of a Walton receiver on the Warriors’ next offensive play as Unatego took over on Walton’s 37.
After Butler rushed for 1 yard on the first play, he again showed perfect touch — this time hitting Tanner Winchester along the right sideline on a 36-yard scoring play as Unatego’s advantage ballooned to 49-26.
“I thought we executed our game plan well and I thought we threw the ball better than we have,” said Spartans coach Frank Microni, whose team is 1-2. “I think our offense is hard to defend because we run the spread option and not many teams run that.
“It helps us in our offense,” he continued. “We can spread the formation out. Plus, we have good athletes right now. We have good athletes and our line is playing pretty well.”
Much of Unatego’s success and a huge reason it had so many big plays was in part because of its four-receiver formation. Traditionally, Walton likes to put pressure on opposing offenses, but the Warriors had to devote four defenders to match up with Unatego’s receivers.
It started from the outset, with Butler racing 51 yards on the first play from scrimmage. The play looked similar to Butler’s 52-yarder in the fourth quarter. Again, he faked to VanAlstine before cutting up field, making a move to the left sideline and outrunning the pursuit. Feyerabend’s PAT made it 7-0.
“You have to sell that into the line,” Butler said of the fake. “The long you let that develop, the more the defense closes down on you and then you can get up into the hole and go.”