YOUNGSTOWN, OH- In a hard-fought battle under the Friday night lights, the Youngstown East High School football team emerged victorious with a 30-16 win over the Howland Tigers.
The game was a tale of two halves, with both teams showcasing their strengths and determination. Howland got off to a strong start in the first quarter when John Perry bulldozed his way into the end zone with a 1-yard run, and Jack Litton’s kick was on the money, giving the Tigers an early 7-0 lead.
The second quarter, however, saw a shift in momentum. East’s offense came to life, and they struck back with a 26-yard pass play that resulted in a touchdown, followed by a successful conversion. But the Panthers weren’t done yet. Andrew Blackmon connected with Daryan Brownlee on a 20-yard pass for another touchdown, and their conversion was good. East had now taken the lead at 16-7.
Howland managed to put some points on the board before the half with a field goal from Litton, narrowing the gap to 16-10.
The third quarter continued to be a competitive battle, with both teams refusing to back down. East extended their lead with a 36-yard pass that resulted in a touchdown, although the conversion attempt failed. Howland answered back with Brendan Ray’s powerful 9-yard run into the end zone, and Litton’s successful kick brought the score to 22-16 in favor of East.
As the game entered the fourth quarter, East High School wasn’t finished yet. Thomas Davis powered his way through with a 7-yard run, and the Panthers’ successful conversion widened their lead to 30-16.
In the end, East secured the win with a strong team effort, overcoming an early deficit and capitalizing on their opportunities. With a final score of 30-16, they celebrated a hard-earned victory over Howland.