COLUMBUS — The Columbus Titans improved to 3-4 Friday night with a 54-8 blowout win over the Baxter Springs Lions 0-7 in the first round of district play.

The Titans came out a little flat in their first series, going four-and-out but then blew the doors wide open scoring almost at will.

“Our defense came out and played well,” Titan Head Coach Dan Grundy said. “I was really disappointed with our offense the way they started out. I felt like we’d really gotten sharp this week and came out and really laid an egg early on.”

It didn’t last as the Titans would rack up 359 yards of total offense 329 of them on 29 carries rushing.

The Titans scored eight times on mostly running plays including a 41 yard run by Jordan Morgan.

Two of the Titan touchdowns came on interceptions including a 62 yard return by Kendal Hale and an 89 yard return by Dillon Danner.

Turnovers were a huge factor in the game, with the Lions committing three — two of them returned for touchdowns.

With a running clock in the second half the Lions picked up their only score of the game, on a 57 yard run by Amos Bindel.

Baxter had just 224 yards of total offense, 125 yards on 6 receptions passing and 99 yards rushing on 27 carries.

Morgan was game-high rusher for the Titans with 89 yards on three carries and two touchdowns.

Amos Bindel led rushing for Baxter with 108 yards on 14 carries and one TD.

The Titans face the Field Kindley Golden Tornadoes 7 p.m. Friday in Coffeyville. The Lions move on to face the Labette County Grizzlies at home in the second round of district play.