YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Leopards’ Dra Rushton scored twice in the second half including the game winner from 14-yards out with 5:15 left to stun Lakeview, 28-21.
Rushton began the second half by racing 90-yards to paydirt to put Liberty on the board. A pair of touchdown runs by Capone Haywood (2-yards) and Quaishon Campbell (60-yards) gave Liberty the lead (20-14) entering the fourth quarter. Lakeview’s Zach Rogers finished off a 8-play drive with a touchdown strike to Evan Adair to take the lead back (21-20). Two minutes later, Rushton would find the endzone once more – this time from 14-yards away to even the Leopards record at 1-1.
Liberty gained 233 yards on the ground as they possessed the ball for over 23 minutes. Rushton gained 146 yards rushing and threw for another 45. Number 1 has now rshed for 4 touchdowns on only 21 carries this season.
For the Bulldogs, Tony Crish scored two first half touchdowns while gaining 205 rushing yards on 22 attempts. Rogers completed 9 of 24 passing for 137 yards. The Bulldogs featured a balanced offensive attack (205 rushing yards, 137 passing yards).
La – Tony Crish, 5-yard TD run (5:12; La 7-0)
La – Tony Crish, 72-yard punt return for TD (6:46; La 14-0)
Li – Dra Rushton, 90-yard TD run (10:17; La 14-6)
Li – Capone Haywood, 2-yard TD run (6:12; Tied 14-14)
Li – Quaishon Campbell, 60-yard TD run (0:49; Li 20-14)
La – Evan Adair, 4-yard TD catch from Zach Rogers (7:31; La 21-20)
Li – Dra Rushton, 14-yard TD run (5:15; Li 28-21)
Final Score: Liberty, 28-21
The Bulldogs (1-1) will return home next week to face LaBrae while Liberty (1-1) will hit the road to take on East.
Sept. 9 – LaBrae, 7
Sept. 16 – Hubbard, 7
Sept. 23 – at Niles, 7
Sept. 9 – at East, 7
Sept. 16 – Brookfield, 7
Sept. 23 – at Campbell, 7