Blue Lions Dominate Circleville

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The Frontier Athletic Conference has been put on notice.

Gio Thomas, Dillon Steward and the Washington Court House Blue Lions are piling up the evidence that the FAC championship is within their reach.

Behind a second straight offensive domination fueled by Thomas and Steward, the Blue Lions (2-0) blew out Circleville (0-2) 68-6 in their home opener.

Steward gave an early indication that Washington C.H. would get whatever they wanted when he took a punt off the bounce and returned it deep into Tiger territory. On the next play, Thomas would keep the ball on a read option and scored from 17 yards out to give Court House a 7-0 lead just 1:07 into the game.

Circleville was able to respond two minutes later when Cade Burton took a handoff up the far sideline for a 40 yard score. A missed PAT let the Lions keep a one point lead, 7-6.

Once again, Steward would prove too much for the Tigers, returning the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to give the Blue Lions a 13-6 lead with just under nine minutes remaining in the first quarter.

And Washington Court House never looked back.

Steward found the end zone three more times in the first half, twice through the air and once more on the ground to bring his total to five touchdowns in two quarters of play.

Thomas finished his night with three passing and two rushing scores and the Blue Lions took a 53-6 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Court House would score two more times in the second half: a Jameson McCane 33 yard rushing touchdown and a Tyris Virts 8 yard score to bring to score to it’s 68-6 final.

Thomas and Steward racked up eye-popping stats for the second straight week.

Thomas finished his half of play 11 of 12 passing for 235 yards while also rushing for 85 yards. Steward totaled over 240 all-purpose yards (124 return, 103 receiving, 15 rushing) on the night.

The Blue Lions’ offense racked up 464 yards of offense despite only possessing the ball for just over 16 minutes of the game.

Next week, Washington Court House faces their hardest test yet when they travel to London to take on the 2-0 Raiders.