NEWPORT NEWS, VA. - Behind an early big play and an outstanding defensive effort, the Lake Erie College football team won its school record fourth game in dominating fashion, 36-3, over the Apprentice School on Saturday (Oct. 10) in Newport News, Va.
Sophomore Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and redshirt sophomore Dave Romeo (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) connected on an 83-yard touchdown pass-the longest play in school history-- just 1:11 into the game and the Storm (4-3) was never threatened in winning its third straight road game.
The Lake Erie defense allowed just 309 yards and forced five turnovers, including three interceptions. Sophomore David Dunne (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) led the way with eight tackles, a sack and an interception.
Leading 7-3 after an Apprentice School (1-5) field goal, freshman Andre Wells (Cleveland, Ohio/Villa Angela St. Joseph) returned the ensuing kickoff 40 yards to set the Storm up at the Builder 45-yard line.
After three runs by Bedevelsky put the ball at the 13, the Storm went to the air on the next play with Bedevelsky hitting redshirt sophomore Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) for a 14-3 lead. The lead grew to 21-3 on the last play of the first quarter when sophomore Nick Yeager (Madison, Ohio/Madison) ran in from four yards out.
Freshman Donta Covington (Akron, Ohio/North) scored on a four-yard run in the second quarter to give the Storm a 27-3 edge at halftime. Wells added a four-yard of his own in the third quarter and freshman kicker Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) closed out the scoring with a 24-yard field goal in the fourth.
Playing without its top two rushers, senior Tony Howard (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights/Kent State) and sophomore Kameron Alexander (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel), due to injury, Lake Erie went to a running back-by-committee approach and picked up 214 yards on the ground. Redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Krumpak (McDonald, Ohio/McDonald) led the way with 58 yards on seven carries, including a career-long 44-yard scamper.
Bedevelsky only completed six-of-eight passes in just over a half of action, but threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted once but added 53 yards on six carries. Romeo totaled 153 yards on just two receptions, his second career 100-yard receiving game.
The interception by Dunne marked the second straight season he has pick off a pass against the Apprentice School. In addition, his eight tackles gave him 100 for his career.
Redshirt sophomore Jon Zyznar (Boardman, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) and freshman Torre Bogan (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) also had interceptions for the Storm, which allowed its fewest points ever in the win.
After scoring on its opening possession, the Apprentice School punted twice and threw an interception on its next three possessions.
The Builders had the ball at the Lake Erie one yard line near the end of the first half, but Phil Caralla was stopped short of the goal line on two consecutive plays by sophomore cornerback Rudy Glenn (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) to end the half.
For the Builders, Caralla completed 11-of-21 passes for 164 yards with two of the three interceptions. Bryan Cain caught six of those passes for 98 yards while Reggie George led the ground game with 52 yards on 10 carries. Jeremy Drayton had 11 tackles to lead the defense.
Lake Erie, which has won three of its last four games, hosts Salisbury University next Saturday, Oct. 17. Kickoff at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville is at 1 p.m.