PAINESVILLE, OHIO - For a third straight week the Lake Erie College defense held its opponent to single digits and sophomore quarterback Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) had another big day as the Storm clinched its first winning season in school history Saturday (Oct. 24) with a 20-6 win at home over Urbana University.
The Storm (6-3) has allowed a total of 16 points in the last three games and held Urbana (4-4) to 295 total yards. The Lake Erie offense meanwhile gained 351 yards, including 213 on the ground.
Bedevelsky led the way with 113 yards on 14 carries, he also completed nine-of-16 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns, surpassing the 5,000-yard mark in total offense for his career.
After the Blue Knights turned the ball over on downs to start the game, Lake Erie drove 83 yards in eight plays to open the scoring. On third down, senior running back Tony Howard (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights/Kent State) took a swing pass from Bedevelsky and rumbled 52-yards down the near sideline into the endzone for a 7-0 lead.
A 45-yard punt return by sophomore returner Steve Bensinger (Poland, Ohio/South Range) and a face mask penalty set up the Storm's next score early in the second quarter as freshman kicker Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) connected on a 31-yard field goal for to make it a 10-0 game.
Urbana answered back on the ensuing possession. David Gerber capped an 11-play, 60-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Ian Iler with 5:24 remaining.
Sophomore defensive lineman Kevin Chapman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) blocked the extra point and it was a 10-6 game heading into halftime.
Lake Erie took the second-half kickoff and drove down inside the Urbana 10-yard line. Aided on the drive by a 25-yard run from sophomore Kameron Alexander (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel), Marcotte's second field goal of the game- this one from 26 yards out- made the score 13-6.
After an Urbana punt in which an inadvertent whistle and personal foul gave the Storm the ball at their own 41 to start the drive, Bedevelsky hit redshirt sophomore tight end John Hokavar (Perry, Ohio/Perry) for a 28-yard scoring strike with five minutes left in the third for the 20-6 lead.
After that, it was up to the Storm defense to close it out. Of Urbana's five second-half drives, two ended in punts, two ended on downs and the final drive took up the final 30 seconds of the game.
Lake Erie allowed just 171 yards in the second half, despite Urbana going to the air to try to come back. Sophomore linebacker Gus Armbruster (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) had a team-high nine tackles for the Storm and broke up two passes. Bensinger and freshman cornerback Desmond Reed (Warren, Ohio/Warren G. Harding) each had six stops.
In addition to Bedevelsky, who now has 5,064 total yards in his career, Alexander had 54 yards rushing on 13 carries and Howard added 36 yards on 10 attempts.
Redshirt junior Tracy Evans (Cleveland, Ohio/East Tech/Kentucky State) had three catches for 25 yards to lead the receivers. For Urbana, Gerber completed 26-of-47 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown in his second career start. Iler led all players with 10 catches for 73 yards. Nigel Smith carried eight times for 22 yards, as the Blue Knights gained just 57 yards rushing as a team on 20 carries (2.8 average).
Travis Brisco led all players with 11 tackles while Chad Kinkead had 10 and Shawn Lewis nine for the Knights.
After going 3-8 in its inaugural varsity season in 2008, the Storm has doubled its win total in year two.
They host Kentucky Wesleyan next week, Oct. 31, in the home finale at 1 p.m. It is also Youth Football Day and Senior Day at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.