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GW stomps past Amherst in blowout victory

George Washington football seniors Jakobe Dixon and Donavan Howard scored a pair of touchdowns apiece and senior quarterback Jeb Byrnes threw for three touchdowns as GW scored …

DANVILLE — George Washington football seniors Jakobe Dixon and Donavan Howard scored a pair of touchdowns apiece and senior quarterback Jeb Byrnes threw for three touchdowns as GW scored a 42–15 rout of Amherst Tuesday night.

Dixon scored on a 3-yard run and hauled in Byrnes’ first touchdown pass of the evening, while Howard recorded a 1-yard scoring run and 36-yard passing reception to help lead the Eagles to the easy win.

The game appeared to be on its way to a defensive showdown as neither team was able to score in the opening minutes. However, that all became smoke and mirrors when Dixon broke loose for a 3-yard score that gave GW (4–1) a 7–0 lead with 3:44 left in the opening quarter.

Byrnes helped the Eagles start the second frame strong when he connected with Dixon for a 4-yard passing score that doubled down on GW’s lead at 14–0.

Senior Lawrence Brown helped Amherst (2–1) temporarily stave off a blowout when he hauled in a 48-yard pass from sophomore Jaizeon Hurt that made it a one-possession contest with 8:12 left in the first half.

GW sophomore Elijah Bridges didn’t let the Lancers get too comfortable, though, as he capped the Eagles’ ensuing drive with a 4-yard score that pushed GW’s advantage to 21–7 heading into the break.

Howard got the Eagles off to a hot start in the second half, capping off GW’s opening drive with a 1-yard run that gave the Eagles a 21-point advantage.

Brown pulled Amherst within 13, 28–15, with his 7-yard run and conversion with just under two minutes left in the third quarter.

That’s as close as the Lancers would get as Howard punched the clock for the second time on his 36-yard touchdown reception from Byrnes. Senior Will Daniel closed the scoring with a 13-yard scoring catch that helped Byrnes to his third consecutive hat trick.

Byrnes completed 12 of 20 passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns, while Dixon, Howard and Daniel all hauled in scoring catches for the Eagles.

Bridges led GW’s rushing attack with 77 yards and a score on 11 carries, while Dixon rushed for 65 yards and a score on 10 rushes. Howard rushed for 63 yards and a score on eight attempts.

GW will have little time to rest as its back at home on Friday for a Piedmont District matchup against Martinsville at 7 p.m.

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