Multiple Teams · Aviators Look to Go Two In a Row With Home Opener


The Wilmington Hurricane football team brings its 2-0 record to Butler’s Memorial Stadium Friday, Sept. 9 for the Aviators’ first home game of the season. The home team is 1-1, after picking up its first victory under new Head Coach Nathan Hyatt, 24-7 over Tecumseh in Week 2.

Sophomore Mason Motter, who took over as quarterback last week after first-year senior starter Tyler Burley broke his collarbone early in the game, will be leading the offense once again.

“Mason has prepared himself to be the starting QB since camp days started this summer. I have tremendous confidence in him. He will play extremely hard and get better as time goes by,” Hyatt said.

In Week 2 against the Arrows, Motter went 9-18 passing for 140 yards and had one rushing touchdown.  Against Wilmington, Butler will need more tough defense. Hyatt says the Hurricanes have “two very explosive playmakers” and his defense will have to “fly to the football to make sure they don’t get loose.”

Friday’s game is more than just the home opener for the team, it is also the Play for a Cure game in honor of 2009 Butler grad and football player Blake LaForce.  In 2007, LaForce was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He eventually beat the disease thanks to a bone marrow transplant, but passed away in 2009 due to complications from central nervous system toxoplasmosis. Leading up to the game, Butler cheerleaders are selling shirts honoring LaForce. Those shirts will certainly be on display as the team takes the field Friday night.

“It is hard to put into words what it means to me to lead this team onto the field in honor of Blake,” Hyatt said.

A portion of the proceeds from the shirt sales will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Friday’s kick off is at 7 p.m. and Hyatt is hoping for a big turnout.

“It is Friday night football. Why wouldn’t you be at the Butler game?”