Indians outlast Bulldogs in second-half shootout
¯ GIRARD 38, LAKEVIEW 28: GIRARD — Girard pulled away from Lakeview in the second half of a Northeast-8 Conference shootout despite a huge night from Lakeview’s Stephen Pavlansky.
Leading 14-10 at halftime, the Indians (4-0, 1-0) scored four times in the final two quarters. Quarterback Andrew DelGarbino finished 12-of-22 for 127 yards and two touchdowns, two going to receiver Nick Malito. Malito made six receptions for 70 yards and had TDs of 24 and 13.
Morgan Clardy paced Girard’s rushing attack with 122 yards and one TD on 16 carries. He also caught five passes for 44 yards.
Pavlansky powered the Bulldogs (1-3, 0-1) by passing for 207 yards and four TDs. He completed 12-of-28 passes and didn’t throw an interception. He gave Lakeview a 7-0 lead and then a 16-14 edge when he hit Gavin Mauger for a 65-yard TD strike early in the second quarter. Mauger caught fives passes for 125 yards and three TDs.
Lakeview ran for just 47 yards on 34 carries. Girard retook the lead in the third quarter on a 13-yard pass from DelGarbino to Malito. Lakeview struck back with a 22-20 lead, but Girard scored on an 8-yard run by Clardy late in the third quarter and never trailed again.
¯ NILES 34, JEFFERSON 0: JEFFERSON — Niles junior quarterback Zack Leonard threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Red Dragons stay perfect with a convicing win over the Falcons to begin Northeast-8 play.
Leonard was 10 of 13 for 127 yards with an interception late in the first half for Niles (4-0, 1-0 NE-8).
Joe Gallo had eight carries for 49 yards, while Brandon Hayes added five attempts for 39 yards.
Jefferson (1-3, 0-1) had a handful of turnovers and penalties, leading to Red Dragons scores.
¯ BROOKFIELD 39, LIBERTY 0: BROOKFIELD — The Warriors dominated the Leopards on both sides of the ball to win their All-American Conference, Blue Tier opener.
Brookfield (3-1, 1-0) outgained Liberty (1-3, 0-1) 432-72, including a 171-3 advantage through the air. The Warriors also gashed the Leopards on the ground for 261 yards.
Quarterback Haden Gibson paced Brookfield with a combined 242 yards on offense (171 passing, 71 rushing). The junior tossed TD passes of 5 and 15 yards to Gage Emery and 5 and 14 yards to Dakota King.
Tyler Briggs averaged 10.8 yards per carry en route to 130 yards on the ground, while Ryan Logan recorded 38 of his 40 rushing yards during a 38-yard score in the second quarter.
For the Leopards, Jamie Melton and Donte Venters had 26 yards on six and five attempts, respectively.
¯ EAST 28, URSULINE 27: YOUNGSTOWN — East got the win in a Steel Valley Conference showdown after Ursuline missed a two-point conversion that would have sent the teams into a third overtime period.
The Fighting Irish controlled the pace in the first half with Davion Jones rushing for an 86-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Brady Shannon throwing a 28-yard touchdown to Julian Johnson in the second quarter.
Ursuline led 14-0 at the half, but the Golden Bears fought back in the second.
Eddie Bryant caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Isaiah McBride in the third quarter. McBride ran in for a touchdown on a quarterback sneak in the fourth to tie the game up.
The teams traded touchdowns in the overtime period with Ursuline (0-4) scoring first off a Jones run. East responded with another McBride pass, this time to Robbie Sullivan.
East had possession in the second overtime, scoring with a Maleek McIntosh run. Ursuline scored right back with a Shannon pass to Matt Reardon, but failed the two-point conversion giving East (3-1) the win.
¯ CHAMPION 35, WINDHAM 24: WINDHAM — Champion’s Austin Wilforth ran for nearly 300 yards and helped the Golden Flashes pull away from Champion in the fourth quarter of a non-conference clash.
Wilforth finished with 295 yards and four touchdowns, including two critical scores in the fourth quarter. Windham pulled within 21-18 with a 47-yard TD by Mikiylen Jones, but Wilforth and Champion (3-1) answered. Wilforth had touchdown runs of 4 and 25 in the final quarter to seal the victory.
The connection of Wyatt Hanshaw and Bert Jones fueled the Bombers (1-3), who outgained Champion, 425 to 327. Hanshaw threw for 208 yards on 6 of 7 passing (one interception), and Jones had 172 receiving yards on six receptions. Windham took leads of 6-0 and 12-7, but Champion outscored the Bombers, 28-12, after the 12-7 edge in the second quarter. The Flashes ran for 327 total yards but were 0 of 1 passing.