LIMA — Lima Central Catholic did exactly what it wanted when it wanted.
The T-Birds ran at will.
And when they wanted to throw, they did that too.
LCC made it look easy as the T-Birds cruised to a 51-0 victory over Woodlan (Indiana) Saturday at Spartan Stadium.
LCC led 21-0 after the first quarter and 42-0 at the half.
LCC stands 5-1. Woodlan is 3-4.
T-Birds running backs Shaun Thomas and Rossy Moore ran through huge holes in the Woodlan defense, which were sliced up by the LCC offensive line.
LCC quarterback Nevan Stolly also found Michael Jay Riepenhoff for two TD passes.
Riepenhoff had two catches for 74 yards, with two TDs.
For Riepenhoff, it was his first action on offense since fracturing his left hand in Week 1 against Lima Senior. He had been playing defense only since then.
“I was out playing defense, but it healed up pretty quick and I’m back on offense,” Riepenhoff said. “It felt great. It felt great catching one (TD), but getting two was even better.’’
Added LCC coach Scott Palte, “He’s (Riepenhoff) a good athlete. He’s a good target and it’s nice to have him back. He’s a big body to block, he’s 210 pounds. He had that injury, but he’s getting healthy, so that’s just another guy we can add to our offense.’’
Once again, Thomas was his usual highlight-reel self. He had 151 yards on only five carries. He had TD runs of 11 and 80 yards.
Moore had 86 yards on three carries with a 64-yard TD.
Dylan Wilson had 44 yards on six carries. He had TD runs of 1 and 13 yards.
The first time LCC touched the ball it went 65 yards in five plays for a score.
Moore took off for 23 yards to take the ball to the Woodlan 24.
Two plays later, it was Thomas, who spun, and went 11 yards for a TD.
That gave LCC a 7-0 lead with 10:25 left in the first quarter.
On the first play of the T-Birds’ third drive, Thomas took the handoff, turned the right corner, then nearly came to a complete stop with a shuffle step.
Then, he watched the defender fly by.
Thomas then turned on the jets and cruised for an 80-yard TD, dodging the safety way down the field.
“I’ve seen a lot with Shaun, but I’ve never seen that move before,” Riepenhoff said.
That gave the T-Birds a 14-0 lead with 4:04 left in the first quarter.
For the second straight possession, LCC needed only one play to score.
This time Stolly hit Riepenhoff for a 37-yard TD.
“We have two athletes with Shaun (Thomas) and Rossy (Moore) and those are big threats, so I think they jumped (to the run) and they forgot about our passing game,” Riepenhoff said.
That mushroomed the LCC lead to 21-0 with 2:27 left in the first quarter.
The next time LCC had it, it took the T-Birds three plays to score.
Moore took a handoff and went 64 yards for the TD.
That gave LCC a 28-0 lead with 11:16 left before halftime.
LCC’s third one-play drive came with another 37-yard TD pass from Stolly to Riepenhoff.
“Any time we give to someone besides Rossy and Shaun, it catches them by surprise,” Palte said with a laugh.’’
Next, it was a three-play drive for LCC.
Dylan Wilson bulled over from the 1 and it was 42-0 LCC with 5:18 left before halftime.
In the first half, the T-Birds had 42 points on only 14 offensive plays.
The LCC defense held Woodlan to four first downs.
Woodlan ended up with 53 total yards, with 39 coming on the ground.
Palte gave plenty of credit to the T-Birds’ offensive line, which powered the backs to 372 yards rushing.
“They were really good,’’ Palte said. “They got off the line, they were big and physical. They’re getting better each week.’’
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