Butler Aviators Football

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VANDALIA - With the morning mist swirling around the lights of Butler's Memorial Stadium and the sounds of whistle bursts filling the air, the Aviators continued preparation for the 2019 season with the start of two-a-day practices.

While the Aviators return a handful of starters from last year's playoff team, this group which totals around 50 players, will feature a number of new faces - and new yellow helmets.

The "new look" is actually a nod to the past, as the helmet was a Butler staple througout the 1960's and into the the later half of the 1970's, before giving way to a number of variations of the more recognizable purple.

The Aviators hope to build off of the success established in 2018, but will have to do so with a number of newcomers at key positions.

"We have a lot of talent and experience at the skill player positions," said Butler coach John Puckett, who enters his second season as the Aviators' head coach.

“Upfront however, we are young and inexperienced on both sides of the ball.”

Butler will have a couple of weeks of practice and a number of key tests along the way to prepare this team for the inaugural season in the Miami Valley League, where they will join familiar foes Greenville, Piqua, Tippecanoe and Troy in the Miami Division of the conference.

Fairborn, Sidney, Stebbins, West Carrollton and Xenia will round out the conference in the Valley Division.
For the Aviators scrimmages against Division I opponents Middletown, Centerville and Springboro will set the table for a Week One rematch with a very good Harrison Wildcats team.

Ahead of that, Puckett and staff will continue working on the offensive and defensive details, along with building the chemistry.

"We have a had good start to camp," said Puckett.

"Players are responding well to coaching and are learning to come together as a team."

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