The Whippany Park Wildcats welcomed the Butler Bulldogs to a showdown under the lights Saturday night on their home field. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned for Whippany head coach Todd Callaghan and his pack of ‘Cats.
Butler got on the board early with a draw to RB Travis Canty putting up 6 points in the first quarter.
With Whippany’s number one running back Danny Karovic going down with a minor ankle injury in the first half, and Butler kicker Darren Russo kicking the ball inside their own 15 yard line all night, Whippany QB Dante Stefanelli had to go the distance every drive.
Stefanelli got into his groove quickly and showed an impressive first-half passing game. Top receivers for Whippany included TE Nick Cetrulo, and RB Nick Castano.
But Whippany Park defense had a tough time keeping Reger and the bulldogs out of the end zone. At the half, Butler had the game locked with an 18-0 lead, with Reger hitting RB Travis Canty and WR Nick Ballistreri.
To start the second half, Whippany Park fullback Mike Poulter gave the fans something to cheer about with his goal line TD, ending the shutout and giving the Whippany team some much-needed momentum.
But a few long balls from Reger to Canty and Bellisteri helped put more points on the board for the Bullldogs. Heading into the 4th quarter, Butler was up 24 points.
Unfortunately, the Wildcats were unable to get it done against the Butler Bulldogs. Butler goes on with a 3-0 record, while Whippany struggles with 1-2, needing a win in Wallkill Valley next weekend.
Butler 36 – Whippany 6