One minute into the second quarter, Kent rolled to his left and found Mike Spitz wide open past the Oakdale defense. The 35-yard pitch-and-catch set up Liberty within scoring distance and Nick Henderson doubled the Lions’ lead with an 8-yard touchdown score.
When Schlee, a Kent State commit, settled in during the second quarter, Oakdale never looked back.
He connected with Ethan Reifer in the back corner of the end zone on a 13-yard pass an a 29-yard field goal from Jordan Ritter brought the Bears within three points.
Following a quick three-and-out from Liberty and with seconds remaining before the half, Schlee evaded a defender, rolled to his left and heaved a 55-yard bomb that fell into the hands of Blake Baxter in a crowded end zone.
The last-second touchdown gave Oakdale a 17-14 halftime lead and much-needed momentum, that carried over into the final two quarters.
Simeon Sabvute found open field and helped fuel an 88-yard drive for Oakdale out of the half.
The senior running back totaled over 100 yards on the ground and took the handoff from Schlee, finding the end zone on a 4-yard run.
Touchdown runs from Sabvute, Wyatt McKoy, and Maurio Goings lead a run-heavy attack for the Bears, as they extended their lead 38-14 with 9:40 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Liberty’s offense struggled to sustain drives and Kent found himself on the turf with a strong Oakdale pass rush breaking through the line.
The Lions’ best scoring chance came midway through the third quarter after a Sabvute muffed punt gave them the ball on the Oakdale 30-yard line. But a pair of incomplete passes and a sack resulted in a turnover on downs.