Smooth-armed Ferguson will lead Butler Bulldogs against Page Pirates/Richmond County Raider notes

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Matthews Butler’s Riley Ferguson was 8-for-8 for 152 yards and three scores against East Forsyth. The Bulldogs sophomore quarterback has been very effective all season for the (12-0) ‘Dogs and it still kind of makes you wonder how good this Butler team might have really been, if senior QB Christian Lemay would have still been around….

E. Forsyth 7-0-0-0

Butler 14-21-21-0

B-Zach Ferguson 9 pass from Riley Ferguson (Joey Kloc kick); B-Channing Stribbling 16 pass from R. Ferguson (Kloc kick); EF-Amon Giles 5 run (Chad Hollandsworth kick); B-Lemay 19 pass from R. Ferguson (Kloc kick); B-Dominique Brewer 36 interception (Kloc kick); B-Lemay 11 run (Kloc kick); B-Austin Stewart 93 kickoff return (Kloc kick); B-Demetrius Kelly 34 run (James Estes kick); B-Lemay 12 run (Estes kick).

Records: Butler 12-0, EF 6-6.

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Providence can’t figure out how to beat Richmond Senior. For the second year in a row, the Raiders ended the Panthers’ season in the playoffs, this time with a 35-0 shutout in the first round of the 4A West playoffs.

Richmond Senior (11-1), No. 4 in the state, which has beaten Providence four times in the past two seasons, didn’t need any help, but the Panthers gave it to them early on.

On the Panthers’ first drive, senior quarterback Chauncey Concepcion was picked off by L.J. Stroman, who ran it all the way back to the 2.

One play later, Walter Ellerbe bulled his way up the middle for a score and a 7-0 Raider advantage.

After Providence forced a Richmond turnover on the next series, the Raiders got the ball right back when Concepcion fumbled on the Raiders’ 10.

Five plays later, Ellerbe burst up the middle untouched for a 46-yard touchdown run and a 14-0 Richmond Senior lead. Ellerbe finished with 103 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, after rushing for 122 yards against Providence in the season opener.

“For me, it is just a natural instinct to make people miss (tackles),” Ellerbe said, whose team will host Northwest Guilford in the second round.

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