CIRCLEVILLE — Circleville rattled off 20 first quarter points and didn’t look back on Friday in a 41-21 non-league win over visiting Miami Trace.
“Circleville has an experienced team with a pretty good passing game and a running game that made some plays for them,” Miami Trace head coach Steve Bartlett said. “I was proud of our kids’ effort and felt they played hard for the entire game, but we have a young football team.
“I know there will be a lot of things I’ll see on film that we’ll address in practice next week leading to our next game.”
The Tigers jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Michael Camp and a five-yard pass from Camp to Aaron Manson. The Panthers responded with one of their two drives of the five half that consumed 77 of their 103 first half yards, capped by a four-yard touchdown run from Larry Jackson.
Circleville went ahead 20-7 with less than a minute remaining in the quarter on a 27-yard pass from Camp to Manson.
The Panthers had a chance to add a field goal during the second quarter, but the attempt was blocked by Connor Warden.
Circleville put the game away in the third quarter on a 29-yard touchdown run by Camp and a nine-yard fumble return on a fumbled punt from Trevor Hemming to make it 34-7.
Camp tacked on the Tigers’ final touchdown less than a minute into the fourth quarter on a 50-yard toss to Connor Warden.
The Panthers scored two touchdowns against Circleville’s reserves on a two-yard tote from Jackson and a one-yard plunge from Garrett Speakman.
Miami Trace is at home next week to take on Carlisle. The game starts at 7 p.m., not the traditional 7:30 p.m., according to Miami Trace Athletic Director Aaron Hammond.