Blue Lions defeat McClain Tigers, 62-20


By Chris Hoppes - choppes@aimmediamidwest.com



Richard Burns (6) returns a recovered fumble for the Washington Blue Lions during a Frontier Athletic Conference game against the McClain Tigers at Gardner Park Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

Richard Burns (6) returns a recovered fumble for the Washington Blue Lions during a Frontier Athletic Conference game against the McClain Tigers at Gardner Park Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.


Photo by Mary Kay West

The Washington Blue Lions renewed one of the oldest rivalries in Ohio high school football when they welcomed the McClain Tigers to Gardner Park for a Frontier Athletic Conference match-up for the eighth week of the 2018 season Friday night.

The Blue Lions put up 50 points by halftime en route to a 62-20 victory over the Tigers.

Washington improves to 5-3 overall, notching their first FAC victory of the season to go to 1-2.

The Tigers fall to 2-6 overall, 1-2 in the FAC.

Dillon Steward scored four touchdowns for the Blue Lions. He scored a fifth touchdown on a pass from Gio Thomas.

Thomas ran for two touchdowns and Omar Porter and Jameson McCane each had one touchdown run.

Dalton Mischal had two touchdown runs for the Tigers and Colten Mossbarger had the other.

Steward got the first score of the game on a 31-yard run. Thomas passed to Richard Burns for the conversion.

Mischal responded for the Tigers with a 61-yard run with the point after kick from Eric Anderson.

Just 25 seconds of game time later, Steward scored on a one-yard run. The Blue Lions’ try for two was no good.

Washington completed the scoring in the first quarter with a four-yard run by Thomas. Thomas connected with Steward for the conversion and a 22-7 Blue Lion lead with 6:33 to play in the first quarter.

The Blue Lions scored four touchdowns in the second quarter to one for McClain to take a 50-14 halftime lead.

Steward had a 30-yard touchdown run and Thomas ran for a 24-yard score.

Washington converted one of the two extra-point attempts with a run by Steward to open up a 36-7 lead.

Porter broke a 57-yard run down the McClain sideline and Steward’s kick gave the Blue Lions a 43-7 lead.

Mossbarger interrupted the Blue Lions’ scoring streak with a 59-yard run to pay dirt for the Tigers. Braedon Bergstrom’s kick put the score at 43-14 with 1:32 remaining in the half.

Just 16 seconds of game time later, Thomas hooked up with Steward for a 49-yard touchdown pass play. Steward made the extra-point kick to set the halftime score at 50-14.

Both teams scored once in the third quarter.

Mischal had for a 31-yard score with 7:50 to play in the third. The extra-point kick was blocked.

McCane ran in from 15 yards for the Blue Lions to raise the score to 56-20, Washington with 6:09 to play in the third. The two-point run was stopped by the Tigers.

Finally, with 9:53 to play in the fourth quarter, Steward capped the evening with an 18-yard run. The two-point conversion attempt was no good.

Washington had 517 yards of total offense to 249 for McClain.

Washington had 160 yards passing as Thomas was 6 of 8 with one touchdown pass and one interception.

Anderson was 0 of 7 passing for the Tigers.

Washington had 357 yards rushing on 23 attempts (a hefty 15.5 yards per carry average) to 249 yards for the Tigers on 41 carries (an average of 6.1 yards per run).

Omar Porter led the Blue Lion ground attack with two carries for 84 yards and one touchdown.

Dillon Steward carried four times for 80 yards and four touchdowns.

Gio Thomas had 76 yards rushing on six carries and two touchdowns.

Jameson McCane had six carries for 69 yards and one touchdown.

Tyris Virts carried four times for 48 yards.

Eli Lynch led in receiving for Washington with four catches for 95 yards.

Dalton Mischal led the Tigers with 123 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.

Colten Mossbarger carried 11 times for 79 yards and one touchdown.

Washington will play at Chillicothe next week, while the Tigers host Jackson on Oct. 19.

Richard Burns (6) returns a recovered fumble for the Washington Blue Lions during a Frontier Athletic Conference game against the McClain Tigers at Gardner Park Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2018/10/web1_Richie-Burns-returns-fumble-for-Blue-Lions-v-Mcclian.jpgRichard Burns (6) returns a recovered fumble for the Washington Blue Lions during a Frontier Athletic Conference game against the McClain Tigers at Gardner Park Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Photo by Mary Kay West

By Chris Hoppes

choppes@aimmediamidwest.com