2022 Snapshot: Butler

Butler slot/OLB Cayden Borchers (photo from Facebook: picsandwriteupsbysberger)

Life hasn’t been exactly great for Butler since joining the Miami Valley League three years ago. The Aviators are a combined 7-19 against conference foes in that span. Yet, the juniors and seniors have put themselves in position to become just the fourth and fifth classes in school history (along with the 2003, 2002 and 2001 squads) to play in three consecutive playoffs. Achieving that milestone means many new faces need to prove that Friday night lights aren’t too bright for them.

Butler returns just five starters on defense and four on offense. “We will be young and inexperienced in many positions,” head coach Ty Cates states. The good news is that there are veteran presences in the backfield, at linebacker and along the defensive line to help the “newbies” settle in.

Opportunities are there for the taking. If this sophomore class can produce like last years did, the Aviators will be in the hunt for a postseason berth. It will also be a good sign that the future of the program is on solid footing moving forward.

Division III, Region 12
2021 RECORD: 4-7, 4-5 MVL
COACH: Ty Cates (4-7 at Butler, one year; 60-36 overall, nine years)

Cayden Borchers, Sr, slot/OLB – Had a breakout junior campaign. Borchers tallied 48 total tackles with three takeaways (two INT, one FR) on his way to Honorable Mention All-MVL accolades.

Jake Austin
, Sr, OL – The 6-foot-0, 275-pound Austin is the leader and anchor of the offensive line.

Butler OL Jake Austin (photo from Facebook: picsandwriteupsbysberger)

Luke Seibert, Jr, QB – With better protection up front look for Seibert to put up very respectable numbers in his second year as a starter. He threw for 1,268 yards and accounted for 10 touchdowns (eight pass, two rush) in 2021.

Dohnavin Collins, Jr, LB – Showed why his was a future all-conference performer as a sophomore. Collins was in on 44 total tackles, had a sack, a fumble recovery and an interception last fall.

Sam Mitchell, Jr, WR/TE/LB – Should be a bigger factor on offense this fall. That will be a huge plus for Butler who needs Mitchell’s production on both sides of the ball. He recorded 31 total tackles as a sophomore.

Austin Flohre, Jr, LB – A major part of a junior class that has amazing upside over the next two years. Flohre registered 51 total tackles and had and interceptions. He also has 272 yards and three touchdowns rushing in his career.

Butler LB Austin Flohre (photo from Facebook: picsandwriteupsbysberger)

Senior RB David Weigand, juniors RB/SS AJ Turner, transfer WR/DB Kwame Wheaton along with sophomores OL/DL Trevor Severance, WR/DB Allen Mabson II and slot/DB Tayven Crump all have a legitimate shot to crack the Aviators starting lineup.

(10 appearances, 6-10 overall) – 2021, 2020, 2018, 2015, 2013, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999

Fri – 08/19/22 – at Northmont (3-7 in 2021) – 7:00 PM
Fri – 08/26/22 – at Fairborn (1-7) – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/02/22 – at Tippecanoe (10-3) – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/09/22 – SIDNEY (5-6) – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/16/22 – WEST CARROLLTON (0-9) – 7:00 PM
Th – 09/22/22 – at Stebbins (6-6) – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/30/22 – XENIA (5-5) – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/07/22 – at Greenville (2-8) – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/14/22 – PIQUA (12-1) – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/21/22 – TROY (6-4) – 7:00 PM









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