NILES, OH- Niles McKinley host Youngstown East in week 3 of nonconference play. Both teams looking to go 2-1 in the early season but it was the Red Dragons came away with the victory. Niles’s Antuan Gardner rushed for over 150 yards with 4 touchdowns. Red Dragons beat the Golden Bears 40-14.

After two turnovers by the Golden Bears, Gardner was able to score two rushing touchdowns for the Red Dragons in the early going of the first quarter making the game 14-0. Gardner would score again to end the first quarter with a 10 yard touchdown run to finished the first with a 3 touchdowns. Niles would build their lead with 9 minutes till halftime when Alex Fernandez found the endzone from 5 yards out to give the Red Dragons a commanding 27-0 lead.

The Golden Bears would make it interesting going into halftime after a 34 yard touchdown pass by Andrew Blackmon made the game 27-8 with time expiring in the second quarter. Gardner would score one more time at the start of the third quarter with a 69 yard touchdown run to combine for 4 touchdowns. The Red Dragons run away with a victory 40-14. Niles (2-1) will open league play next week traveling to Lakeview. East (1-2) will host Ellet. Catch both games live on YSNLive.com

*Contributed By YSN’s Anthony Melone