East dominates 2nd half; denies Liberty’s home opener

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East won their 1st season opener since 2014

Youngstown East Golden Bears vs. Liberty Leopards High School Football

Golden Bears scored the final 48 points of game

LIBERTY, Ohio (WKBN) – Trailing 8-0 early on, East outscored Liberty – 48-0 – to deny Liberty’s opening day festivities which saw the Leopards don new turf, helmets and uniforms. The Golden Bears ended their 4-game skid on opening day while Liberty dropped their 7th straight lid lifter.

After holding East on their first possession, Liberty went down the field and scored on a 23-yard connection from Jamie Melton to Jahmel Wallace to take an early 8-0 advantage.

Back came East, senior Isiah McBride found Robbie Sullivan on a 28-yard pass play to get the Golden Bears back into the game. McBride called his own number to tie the game on the two-point conversion.

With just over 7 minutes remaining in the second quarter, Liberty was set to score six more when they turned the ball over inside the Bears’ 10-yard line to maintain a tie game.

McBride, once again, tossed a touchdown – this time to Mike Barnett – with just 7 second left in the first half. East took a 15-8 lead into halftime.

On Liberty’s first drive of the second half, lineman Tremonte Gervin picked off Jamie Melton’s pass and return it for a score as the Golden Bears went up, 21-8, early in the third quarter.

The Golden Bears went onto score three more touchdowns in the quarter as Maleek McIntosh went in from 31-yards out followed by Eddie Bryant’s 1-yard touchdown plunge and Robbie Sullivan’s 67-yard punt return for a score.

East (1-0) will square off against Perry Traditional Academy next Saturday. Liberty will travel to Lakeview for a matchup against an old rival.

SCORING CHART
East, 48-8
First Quarter
L – Jahmel Wallace, 23-yard TD catch from Jamie Melton (L 8-0)
E – Robbie Sullivan, 28-yard TD catch from Isiah McBride (T 8-8, 1:22)
Second Quarter
E – Mike Barnett, TD catch from Isiah McBride (E 15-8, 0:07)
Third Quarter
E – Tremonte Gervin, INT return for TD (E 21-8)
E – Maleek McIntosh, 31-yard TD run (E 27-8)
E – Eddie Bryant, 1-yard TD run (E 33-8)
E –Robbie Sullivan, 67-yard punt return for TD (E 40-8)
Fourth Quarter
E – Isaiah Lewis, 96-yard TD run (E 48-8)

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