YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Following a thrilling overtime victory in week one, the Ursuline Irish played host to Youngstown East Friday night. The Irish pulled away late to beat the Panthers 40-16 in a game that certainly felt closer than the final box score.
With the Irish already ahead 7-0, Ursuline capitalized on a botched punt by the Panthers and extended their lead to 14-0 with Jared Fabry connecting with Anthony Howell for a touchdown pass.
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East closed the gap to 14-8 when Mike Lawrence scored from one yard out. He also converted the two point conversion.
Another East punt was botched, leading to a safety, and Ursuline took a 16-8 lead into the locker rooms.
East’s Mike Ramey ran the opening kickoff of the second half back for a touchdown to close the gap to 16-14. A two point conversion attempt was good, tying the game at 16-16 in the opening seconds of the second half.
Ursuline then capitalized on two consecutive East mistakes. A Panther fumble led to an Ursuline field goal, giving the Irish a 19-16 lead. A poor punt on the following East possession gave Ursuline great field position, leading to a Mario Fusillo touchdown to extend the lead to 26-16.
Fusillo picked up his second touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter, extending the Irish lead again, this time to 33-16. The Irish would go on to add one more score in the final quarter.
Ursuline (2-0) will will travel to Akron Hoban in week three. East (0-2) will host Liberty.