Butte notebook: Bench gets a chance with second half lead

BUTTE VALLEY — The Butte College football team led 28-7 early in the third quarter and 35-13 at the start of the fourth quarter, which gave other players the opportunity to step show off what they’re capable of. Ten players saw at least one rush Saturday and all three quarterbacks saw at least one series with the offense.

Starting running back Johnny Williams was wrapped in a towel shivering much of the second half after getting his final carry of the game early in the third quarter, saying he hadn’t been out for that long all season long. Freshman running back Caleb Ramseur has sporadic carries this season, but reached double-digit carries for the first time all season as he rushed 10 times for 50 yards, including one rush of 14 yards.

“I see it as very important. As a team we have to build our bond as a team because we want to do the same thing we’re doing right now winning games and finishing out strong and try to get that state championship,” Ramseur said. “We want to come in and especially lock in so we can learn how we play with each other so next year we can be money.”

Starting quarterback Brian Harper did not play much of the fourth quarter after handing the ball to DJ Jackson for a 20 yard touchdown to conclude the third quarter. Instead it was Pleasant Valley alumnus and freshman Tanner Hughes, as well as third string quarterback Hunter Povlsen who both saw opportunities behind the center.

Hughes completed 2-of-3 passes for 33 yards and had a 25 yard run, and Povlsen took care of the final sequence and rushed twice for nine yards. After a seven-yard run where Povlsen got tackled out of bounds into the Butte sidelines, the freshman from Williams High School was surrounded by pats of the back by his teammates and walked off with a huge smile.

“It’s great for us to see those guys get out and do what they can do and see how they’re performing when they get the opportunity,” said Butte coach Robby Snelling. “I know all those guys show up every day and put in the work and so we want to be in that situation as much as possible.”

Snelling said he loves seeing the players who don’t traditionally start get opportunities but the Roadrunners have not put themselves in a situation often this season where the starters can come out.

“We talked about that a lot this week,” Snelling said. “We want to put ourselves in a situation where we start a game fast, get up and are able to get all those other guys some time too that are putting the same work in.”

Austin York, who blocked a point-after attempt in the third quarter Saturday, is a starting linebacker and tight end for Butte. York played football and graduated with Hughes from PV in 2019.

“It feels great to be in a position to be able to get those guys in the game,” York said. “We all work so hard in practice everyday and so for those guys to get some time it’s a great feeling for the entire team.”

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