Dear Golden Tornado Football Family,

The Butler Football staff and I would like to thank all of the parties involved who helped make this season one which took many successful strides.  Within our football family there were many exciting things that this years teams have accomplished.

            Let’s start with the Little Golden Tornado’s.  They are the young players in the community that play in the Midget Football League.   The turn out for the MFL was phenomenal.   There was a significant increase in enrollment this past year.  The youth teams had tremendous success and the players had a lot of fun.  The varsity midget program capped off their season with an undefeated East Butler Team winning the league Championship.  My congratulations to all of the players and coaches in the league for all of their hard work, and for their continued success in the future.

            Our 7/8th Grade program had a season that was a huge learning experience.  Many of the players were late arrivals and never had the opportunity to play on an organized team.  The group improved each and every game.  They were very enthusiastic and hard working.  The players worked very hard, and that helped the program get better and give the kids the opportunity to enjoy the game of football.  I would like to congratulate Tim Smith and Travis Thomas and all of the players for their great effort and for never giving up.

            The 9th Grade Team was one of the most successful groups that we had this season.  Under the guidance of Dave Andrews, Breit Cochran, Matt Connor, and Stan Tilko.  The Team won the Section II Championship with a 7-1 record.  They played with passion and enthusiasm.  They have many talented players that will help the program for years to come.  We are looking forward to each and every one of the 9th graders to continue their football experience at the 10th grade level.

            The High School program made many strides this season.  Our record of 5-5 was an improvement from a 3-7 the year before.  Our 3-3-conference record gave us a tie for the last WPIAL play-off spot in the Quad North Conference.  Unfortunately the tie was with Shaler who had beaten us in the regular season; therefore they got the play-off nod.  With wins over Bethel Park, North Allegheny, and Seneca Valley the program took strides toward getting to the ultimate goal of winning a conference championship.  The year that saw only the 6th back in school history rush for 1000 yards, that player being Calvin Littlejohn who’s final rushing total of 1322 yds. places him among the elite in school history.   And finally having one of our players, Tyrell Sales, have the opportunity to attend Penn State University on a football scholarship, gives our program tremendous credibility with our players attending and playing football at the college level in the future.

            Our team and players are looking forward to taking the next step to success. Which are a conference championship and the playing in the WPIAL play-offs.  We will work hard with that goal in mind, in hope that the future of football in the town of Butler will once again reign as one of the best in the state.



I thank all of you for your help and look forward to many exciting years to come.

Coach Cathell

“GO TORNADO”   “11 AS 1”