WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — It just wasn’t the Blue Devils’ night.
The Gallia Academy football team fell to host Washington Court House 34-13 on Friday during a Week 3 non-conference battle in Fayette County. It was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
The night did not start off well for the Blue Devils (0-3). Aaron Greer’s trip to the endzone gave the Blue Lions the early 7-0 advantage in the first quarter.
Washington added another touchdown in the second quarter after another run from Greer to make it 14-0. On their next possession, Mason McCane ran 15 yards for another Blue Lions touchdown. With 2:25 left in the half, C.J. Taylor connected with Eric Barden to give Washington a 27-0 lead at the break.
The Blue Devils entered the second half down, but not out. On fourth and 16, senior Kole Carter connected with Colton Campbell for a 20-yard Blue Devil touchdown. The visitors were down 27-6 after three quarters.
The Blue Lions added on to their lead with a 47-yard run from Noah Noel to give the home team a 34-6 advantage. With 1:15 left in the game, Carter hustled down the field for an 85-yard touchdown.
Carter led Gallia Academy in rushing with 16 carries for 97 yards and was also 10-of-25 passing for 106 yards. Devin Henry was next with two touches for five yards, while Eric Ward ran two times for two yards.
Henry led the Blue Devils with four catches for 35 yards, followed by Matt Bailey with two catches for 15 yards. Campbell, Ward and Brett Hively each had one catch for 19, 15 and four yards respectively.
Taylor went 2-of-3 passing for 43 yards for the Blue Lions. Greer led Washington’s ground game with 10 touches for 79 yards, followed by Barden with eight carries for 40 yards and Levi Runk with seven totes for 34 yards.
Barden had one catch for 28 yards, while Caleb Hamrick had one catch for 15 yards.
Washington had a total of 10 first downs, while Gallia Academy had eight. The Blue Devils had five penalties for 25 yards and the Blue Lions had five penalties for 40 yards. Washington had two fumbles lost, while GAHS had only one fumble lost.
The Blue Devils will make their home debut this Friday in a non-league contest against Marietta. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106