The Washington Blue Lions celebrated Homecoming 2016 with a resounding 42-22 win over East Clinton Friday night.
The Blue Lions are now 5-0 overall, 2-0 in the SCOL.
East Clinton falls to 0-5 overall, 0-2 in the league.
Without the services of senior quarterback Jarett Patton, the Blue Lions called on senior Kory Proby to run the offense Friday night.
Proby responded by completing 13 of 28 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions.
Sophomore Richard Burns threw one pass in the game, and that went for a 75-yard touchdown to Proby.
The Blue Lions had 358 total yards of offense to 277 for East Clinton.
Washington got on the board in the first quarter with a 42-yard touchdown pass from Proby to Dillon Steward.
Alex Trombold’s kick made it 7-0, Blue Lions. The score came with 2:23 to play in the first quarter.
East Clinton tied the game with 9:09 to play in the second quarter on a 3-yard run by Cody Fosbrink.
The Blue Lions then scored 21 unanswered points to take a 28-7 lead into the halftime.
The first score for Washington in the second quarter was a 1-yard run by Proby. The extra-point was no good, making it 13-7 with 6:02 to play in the first half.
The next score was the above-mentioned 75-yard pass play from Burns to Proby. The two-point conversion made it 21-7 with 3:22 to play in the half.
Conner Chrisman had an interception that he returned 60 yards for a touchdown with just 8 seconds to play in the half. Trombold’s kick made it 28-7 at the halftime break.
The teams exchanged scores in the second half, with the Blue Lions scoring first.
Proby connected with Steward for a 43-yard pass for the touchdown. Trombold’s kick made it 35-7 with 10:46 to play in the third quarter.
East Clinton answered late in the third quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run by Anthony Osburn. The 2-point conversion was successful, making the score 35-15 with 1:01 to play in the third.
On the ensuing kickoff, Steward returned the ball 82-yards for a touchdown.
The extra-point kick made it 42-15 with 47.5 seconds to play in the third quarter.
The final score of the game was a 5-yard run by Astros’ quarterback Brendan Jenkins.
The point-after kick made the final score 42-22.
“I want to give credit to Kory Proby,” Washington head coach Chuck Williamson said. “He had three days of practice to prepare for the game. That’s a tough thing to throw a kid into and he did just a great job.
“Our O-line was solid, as always,” Williamson said. “Jacob Rice ran the ball well. Richie (Burns) made a couple of nice plays. It was an overall team effort. We’re very proud of our kids.”
The Blue Lions go to Clinton-Massie next week to take on the Falcons. Massie beat McClain Friday night, 56-0.
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