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Bears knock off Grayson County, 22-18

photo by Lee Ann Binion
LEITCHFIELD - Visiting Butler County overcame a slow start to beat rival Grayson County 22-18 in a high school football game on Friday, Sept. 10. 
Longtime rivals, Butler County and Grayson County are non-district foes. 
Butler County improved to 3-1 after notching the win.
Following the loss, Grayson County slipped to 2-1.
The Bears battled back from an early two-touchdown deficit to claim the victory.
Grayson County scored first, moving ahead 6-0 in the first quarter. The Cougars led 12-0 in the opening quarter before Butler County answered. 
Butler County scored its first touchdown in the second quarter. The Bears moved ahead 14-12 prior to halftime, taking a lead into the intermission period. 
However, Grayson County regained the lead, moving ahead 18-14 in the third quarter.
But Butler County wouldn't be denied the win. The Bears took the lead with less than three minutes remaining and managed to prevail.
Quarterback Jagger Henderson led Butler County to the win, completing 13 of 19 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns.
Solomon Flener paced the Bears in receiving, reeling in six receptions for 90 yards and one touchdown.
Zack Silcox hauled in four catches for 71 yards and one touchdown, contributing to Butler County's offensive attack through the air. 
The Bears rushed 28 times for 93 yards and one touchdown.
Colton Dunnells paced Butler County on the ground, rushing 28 times for 93 yards and one touchdown.
Delivering through the air and on the ground, Henderson rushed eight times for 40 yards. 
Josh Morris paced the Bears' defensive effort, recording 13 tackles. 
In addition to Morris, Landon Binion logged nine tackles while Jake McKee tallied eight tackles. 
Grayson County rushed 36 times for 232 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Wood led Grayson County on the ground, rushing 18 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
Finishing as the Cougars' second-leading rusher, Chandler McCrady rushed nine times for 63 yards and one touchdown. 
Contributing on the ground for the Cougars, Kaylor Decker and Owen Bratcher combined to rush nine times for 33 yards. 
Decker paced Grayson County through the air, completing five of 10 passes for 49 yards. 
Wood hauled in a team-high two pass receptions for the Cougars.
Aiding Grayson County's aerial attack, McCrady, Hunter Tomes and Jeren VanMeter reeled in one catch apiece. 
VanMeter paced Grayson County's defensive unit, recording eight tackles. Nearly matching VanMeter's defensive effort for the Cougars, Tomes, Ben Rogers and Hunter Felty each posted seven tackles. 
Butler County has the week of Friday, Sept. 17 open on its schedule. 
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