PAINESVILLE, Ohio - The Lake Erie Storm erupted for 21 first-quarter points on its way to a 28-7 win over Salisbury University at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium on Saturday (Oct. 17) afternoon. It was Lake Erie's second straight win and fourth in five games.
After punting on its first possession, the Storm (5-3) scored touchdowns on its next three drives to jump to a 21-0 lead less than 13 minutes into the game.
Lake Erie quarterback Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio) keyed those drives with his arm and his legs as he gained 352 yards of total offense (225 passing, 127 rushing) on the day.
Storm tailback Kameron Alexander (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel) scored from four yards out to give the Storm a 7-0 lead just over five minutes into the game.
After the Storm defense forced its second straight three-and-out, Bedevelsky led a 9-play, 85-yard drive, capped by his own 26-yard scamper into the end zone with 2:55 to play in the first quarter.
Following a short kickoff by Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon), Lake Erie defensive lineman Derrick Clement (Seville, Ohio/Cloverleaf) forced a Randal Smedley fumble, which was recovered by Storm linebacker Gus Armbruster (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton).
Bedevelsky called his own number on the next play, running 49 yards for the end zone - his team-leading seventh rushing touchdown of the season.
From there, the Storm defense took over on a sloppy, muddy field, dampened by a week's worth of rain.
The Lake Erie defense did not allow a first down until the Sea Gulls' first drive of the second quarter. Salisbury finished with just 207 yards of total offense and only 12 first downs.
That defense set up Lake Erie's fourth touchdown, though it
looked as if the Sea Gulls might get on the board late in the
Salisbury (3-3) marched from its own 20-yard line to the Storm's 23 before corner back Kenneth Glenn (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) picked off quarterback Sean Kelly's pass and returned it all the way to the Lake Erie 48.
That set up a nine-play drive, finished off by a Bedevelsky 12-yard touchdown pass to wideout Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) in the back corner of the end zone to push the halftime lead to 28-0. With six catches on Saturday, James is now has 93 in his career.
Salisbury finally struck against the Storm's swirling defense as Kelly hooked up with Tyler Curley for a 39-yard strike on the first play of the fourth quarter.
It was a minor lapse from a defense that was solid for much of the day, keeping the run-heavy spread-option Salisbury offense to just 111 yards rushing. Last season, the Sea Gulls ran for 533 yards against the Storm defense.
Kevin Chapman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) led the defense with 11 tackles, while Clement added 10 tackles (1.5 for loss), a sack and a forced fumble. Linebacker Dan Nebraski (Painesville, Ohio/Madison/Edinboro) also had an interception to close the first half.
Bedevelski was 14-for-24 for 225 yards and one touchdown throwing the ball, while running for 127 yards on just 10 carries (12.7 yards per carry) and two scores. James caught six passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, while wing back Dave Romeo (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) made four catches for 30 yards.
The Storm, which is two games over .500 for the first time in its brief two-year history, hosts the Urbana University Blue Knights next Saturday (Oct. 24) at 1 p.m. at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.