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


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.

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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