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Lake Erie

Storm Returns Home Looking for Fifth Win Against Salisbury

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - With wins in three of its last four games, the Lake Erie College football team looks for its fifth win of the season this week against Salisbury University.  Kickoff at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville is 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.   
      The Storm (4-3) has already surpassed its win total from its inaugural 2008 season and is coming off its most dominating performance of the season, a 36-3 win at the Apprentice School last Saturday, while the Division III Sea Gulls (3-2) have had a week off since also throttling the Appentice School, 77-7, back on Oct. 3.

THE SERIES: This is the second meeting between the two schools. Salisbury won the first meeting, 39-15, last season in Salisbury, Md. (Oct. 18, 2008).  The Sea Gulls rushed for 533 yards in the win.    

THE BROADCAST: The game will be carried live on flagship station ESPN 970 (WFUN) and streamed online at with local sports broadcasting veteran Craig Deas (play-by-play) calling the action.  

THE COACHES: Mark McNellie (Baldwin-Wallace '88) is in his third season at Lake Erie, guiding the program since its inception as a club sport in 2007.  He has a varsity record of 7-11 and is 14-13 overall (including club season). Prior to being named head coach at Lake Erie on Aug. 9, 2006, McNellie was an assistant coach at Mercyhurst College for 17 years. 
      Salisbury grad Sherman Wood ('84) is in his 11th season at his alma mater.  He is the school's all-time winningest coach with a 72-34 mark, including seven consecutive winning seasons entering 2009.  Prior to returning to Salisbury in 1999, he was the head coach at Division II Bowie State for six seasons (23-37-1).  

LAST TIME OUT FOR LAKE ERIE: Lake Erie scored on its first four possesions and the defense forced five turnovers in a 36-3 victory at the Apprentice School.  Sophomore QB Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns- on just six completions- in a little over a half and the Storm rushed for 214 yards, despite missing Tony Howard (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights/Kent State) and Kameron Alexander (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel) due to injury.  Dave Romeo(Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North)once again proved to be the big play maker, hooking-up with Bedevelsky for an 83-yard touchdown on the third play of the game.  It was the longest play in school history.  Defensively, the Storm allowed program lows of three points and 309 yards.  Lake Erie intercepted three passes, recovered two fumbles and recorded three sacks.  David Dunne (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) led the way with eight stops, an interception and a sack while Jon Zyznar (Boardman, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) and Torre Bogan (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) also had interceptions.          

LAST TIME OUT FOR SALISBURY: Salisbury has been idle since a 77-7 rout of the Apprentice School back on Oct. 3.  In that game, the Sea Gulls rushed for 460 yards and seven touchdowns.  Bryan Woolson ran for 120 yards on just three carries and Sean Kelly threw for 146 yards and three touchdowns.  Both Woolson and Brandon Norwood scored twice on the ground and  Jonathan Briscoe also caught two TD passes.  Justin Chura had eight tackles to lead the defense which allowed just 287 yards by the Builders.   

QUICK SLANTS: With a win, Lake Erie would move two games above .500 for the first time ever... the Storm is 1-1 at home this season after posting a 2-4 mark at Britt Stadium in 2008... Lake Erie has scored no fewer than 27 points in any game this season.  The Storm scored fewer than that six times last year... offensively, Lake Erie has recorded at least 400 yads of offense in each of the past three games... last week, the Apprentice School became the first opponent Lake Erie has defeated twice.  The Storm can move to 2-0 against Kentucky Wesleyan in week 10.      

UP NEXT: Lake Erie hosts Urbana University next Saturday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m.  It will be the first meeting between the Storm and Blue Knights.