The Olentangy Liberty High School football team will try to transfer the emotion and momentum that it enjoyed more than three hours away during its opener Aug. 26 into its home opener Friday, Sept. 2, against Cleveland Glenville.

The Olentangy Liberty High School football team will try to transfer the emotion and momentum that it enjoyed more than three hours away during its opener Aug. 26 into its home opener Friday, Sept. 2, against Cleveland Glenville.

Playing a Wexford North Allegheny team that went 9-2 last season and was seventh in Pennsylvania's Class 6A preseason rankings, the Patriots scored a touchdown and converted a two-point conversion in the closing seconds to win 30-29.

Glenville went 11-2 last season but lost 13-7 in its Aug. 25 opener to Euclid, which went 10-3 last year.

"North Allegheny was sort of a grind, grind, grind team," coach Steve Hale said. "Glenville has a lot of high-energy players, not that North Allegheny didn't have those type of guys, but it's just a lot different of a style. (Glenville's) tailback is very small but very, very fast. I know they have some really fast defensive linemen that come off the ball. Their quarterback throws a real good ball."

The Tarblooders and the Patriots are meeting for the first time.

Since Liberty opened in 2003, Glenville has made the playoffs 11 times and had Division I state runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2013. The Patriots have made eight postseason appearances.

Glenville's biggest offensive weapon could be senior running back Demerius Goodwin, who rushed for 1,236 yards and 13 touchdowns a year ago and has been offered by Eastern Michigan.

He figures to play a more prominent role than he did in his team's opener after sitting out the first half because of what Cleveland.com called a "coaches' decision."

The Tarblooders scored their only touchdown against Euclid on a fake punt that senior wide receiver Jaylon Carver ran for 61 yards.

Two other key athletes for Glenville are senior cornerback Cody Bryant, who has offers from three Mid-American Conference schools, and senior two-way lineman Teeshaun Turpin, who is 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds.

Liberty quarterback Brendon White rushed 23 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns and was 15-for-27 passing for 160 yards with one score against North Allegheny.

In the closing seconds, White ran for a 1-yard touchdown to cut the Patriots' deficit to 29-28. He then hooked up with Johnny Wiseman on the winning two-point conversion pass.

Will Fowler had five catches for 56 yards, Matt Webb added 53 yards rushing on 14 carries and Liberty finished with 422 yards of offense.

"I'm very proud of how the team responded to adversity," Wiseman said. "We were down most of the game and we never gave up. We trusted each other and stayed positive. It was awesome going to another state and beating a powerhouse in Pennsylvania."

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