WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — After playing close with the unbeaten Washington Blue Lions into the second quarter, the wheels feel off for East Clinton in a 42-22 South Central Ohio League loss Friday at Gardner Park.
The Astros are now 0-5 overall and 0-2 in league play. The Blue Lions are at the opposite end of the spectrum at 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the SCOL.
It was Homecoming for the Blue Lions and the Astros didn’t seemed concerned with that early in the game.
East Clinton and Washington were tied 7-7 midway through the second quarter but the Blue Lions reeled off 21 straight points to take control of the game, up 28-7 at the half.
The Astros trailed 7-0 and seemed to make it 7-3 when Austin Arellano kicked a 26-yard field goal but a roughing the kicker penalty gave EC new life. Cody Fosbrink made the penalty a costly one when he went into the end zone from the three. Arellano kicked the PAT to tie it at 7-7.
Sparked by backup quarterback Kory Proby, who stepped in for injured Jarett Patton. Proby passed for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another score. He also was on the receiving end of a double reverse pass for another Blue Lion score.
The Blue Lions also scored in the final seconds of the half on an interception return for a touchdown by Conner Chrisman.
East Clinton was in good position to return the favor when Wyatt Floyd came up with an interception and returned the ball 56 yards but the ensuing offensive drive stalled at the 16.
Washington made it 35-7 in the third before East Clinton responded with a touchdown run by Anthony Osburn (110 yards rushing on 20 attempts) with 61 seconds to play in the third. The Astros converted the two-point conversion when Austin Rolfe passed to Aaron Livingston to make it 35-15.
But the Blue Lions went the distance on the ensuing kickoff to push the difference to 42-15 with 47.5 seconds to play in the third.
East Clinton put the final score on the board in the fourth period to make it a 20-point outcome.
Bill Liermann covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @lierjet