Big Second Half Leads Panthers Over Storm

Big Second Half Leads Panthers Over Storm

COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Lake Erie College football team fell on the road to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Ohio Dominican University Saturday (Oct. 3) in Columbus.

Anthony Bilal (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) led the Storm offense with 35 rushes for 203 yards and two touchdowns.  Jordan Morgan (Philadelphia, Pa./Parkway Northwest) had two carries for 20 yards and a touchdown.

Dontrael Brown (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.

John Banyasz (Columbia Station, Ohio/Columbia) completed 12 passes for 128 yards.  He also added 79 yards on the ground.  His top target was Shane Van Fleteren (Shelby, Mich./Utica), who caught  seven passes for 80 yards.

Nick Szabados (Middletown, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) led the Storm defense with 10 tackles (eight solo) and a fumble recovery.  Isaiah Wheeler (Copley, Ohio/Copley/Stark State) racked up nine tackles (seven solo) with two for a loss.  Christian Cole (Waldorf, Md./McDonough) and Aaron Rojas (Watsonville, Calif./Watsonville/Cabrillo) had five stops apiece.  Devon Hood (South Euclid, Ohio/Charles F. Brush) had two sacks and five tackles.  Tony Andrews (South Euclid, Ohio/Charles F. Brush) had an interception.

After defensive stands from both sides, the Panthers intercepted a pass at the Lake Erie 25 in the first quarter.  The Storm held tough, limiting the Panthers to a field goal.

On the ensuing kickoff, Brown became the second Storm player in program history to return a kick for a touchdown, going a program-best 98 yards for the score.  However, the Storm failed the extra point.

Late in the first quarter, the Panthers regained the lead, 10-6, with a 15-yard run.

Defenses continued to dominate the game, with the next score not coming until the end of the second.  With a little more than a minute on the clock Anthony Bilal took off for a 42-yard touchdown run, giving the Storm a 13-10 lead.  In closing seconds of the half, a Panther field goal tied the game.

The Panthers came out strong in the second-half, scoring 28 points before the Storm got on the board in the half.  Bilal scored his second rushing touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter.  After the Panthers answered with a touchdown, Morgan closed out the scoring with a 15-yard run.

The Storm offense totaled 441 yards- 307 of which were on the ground.  They picked up 25 first downs, converting seven-of-17 (41%) of third downs. 

Lake Erie is back in action at home next Saturday (Oct. 10), hosting Urbana University in a nonconference game.

-LEC-