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Butler College community welcomes home the champs

Jon Pic

Hundreds of little plastic footballs nearly blotted out the sunlight yesterday as they were tossed from a parade float carrying the 55 members of the NJCAA National Championship football team.

A parade in honor of Butler Community College Grizzlies’ triumph over the Snow College Badgers to claim a fifth national championship since 1981 began at 4 p.m. at the El Dorado Main Street offices.

A horde of fans and community members turned out to show enthusiastic support of the team’s victory on Saturday.

After the parade, Mayor Tom McKibban proclaimed the day as Butler Community College Grizzly Day.

“I bet a lot of you are as proud of this group as I am,” McKibban said. “Not only the players and the coaches, but the great fans of El Dorado and Butler County.”

Head football coach Troy Morrell addressed the fans, as well.

“It brings me great pleasure to bring a national championship back here to El Dorado,” Morrell said. “It’s a very special team. These guys are the ones that made it happened.”

The coach thanked the fans who made the trip to Utah to watch the game and the ones who’ve supported the team along the way.

“This is y’all’s national championship, so enjoy it and be proud,” he said.

Morrell applauded this year’s sophomores for their work over the last two seasons. Their overall record, he said, was 23-1, tallying up two Jayhawk Championships, two Region VI Championships as well as the national win. As head coach, Morrell has won 86 games in the last 8 years and only lost 10.

“We’ve got a great group of freshmen,” he said. “They know where the bar’s been set at, so we’ve got a challenge ahead to keep this thing going.”

Butler quarterback Mike Garrison thanked the fans as well.

“You guys have been behind us all year,” he said. “It been great having you all at the games to cheer us on.”

First-team All-Conference Running Back Beau Johnson – who was also recently named First Team JC Grid-wire All-American – spoke to the crowd.

“We’ll continue to bring victory to this town,” he said.

Defensive end Markus White spoke of the fans’ devotion, too.

“The moment I got to El Dorado, I noticed the fans were like the big family of the town,” White said. “We win this for y’all.”

The team was also introduced Tuesday night at halftime of men’s home basketball game.

El Dorado Times