Ellsworth Defeated By Butler CC in Season Finale

Ellsworth Defeated By Butler CC in Season Finale

IOWA FALLS, IOWA -- The Ellsworth Panthers couldn't overcome 3 early touchdown runs by Butler CC's Ashuan Dingle and dropped their season finale to the Grizzlies, 40-9, at a chilly Cadet Field on Saturday.

Dingle found the end zone 3 times to begin the scoring in the 1st half.  He ran for 39 and 11 yards in the opening period and added a 1-yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter for a 21-0 lead.

ECC's Jaylin Vaughn sacked the Butler QB in the end zone in the 2nd stanza to get the home team on the scoreboard and then Dan Knudsen picked off a pass and ran it back 30 yards for a score.  After Leonardo Araujo booted the extra point following Knudsen's pick-six, the Panthers had crept back to within, 21-9.  On a day when their offense was held to just 95 yards, ECC wouldn't score again, however.  They had only 67 yards passing and 28 yards on the ground and managed only 8 first downs.  ECC's Nick Breon punted 11 times.

Butler tallied one more TD in the first half and it was Dingle's 4th of the game, a 33-yarder, to make it 28-9 at the half.  Dingle rushed for 245 yards.  The Grizzlies tacked on 2 more scores in the 4th quarter for the final margin.

Ellsworth completed just 7 passes, 4 of them to DaMyles Clark Tate for 47 yards.  Trent Lane led the rushing with 14 carries and 32 yards.

ECC had some defensive standouts:  Michael Acri led the tacklers with 11, including 9 solo stops.  Malcolm Bryant registered 8 tackles, 4 of them for a loss and he had a sack.  Jaylin Vaughn's sack resulted in a safety and he also had a forced fumble.  Kmari Watson had 2.5 tackles for loss.

Playing a brutal schedule that included a couple of ranked Iowa schools and 7 teams from the tough Jayhawk Conference in Kansas, the Panthers finished the year with an 0-10 record.