PAINESVILLE, OHIO – A punishing ground game and a pair of blocked kicks keyed the Lake Erie College football team to its second straight victory, a 30-15 decision over visiting Ohio Dominican University at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium Saturday (Oct. 30).
Led by redshirt sophomore Onesiaum Glass (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central/Ohio State) and junior Kameron Alexander (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel), the Storm (2-7, 2-6 GLIAC) rushed for a season-high 294 yards. The special teams came up with a blocked field goal and a blocked punt, the latter returned for a touchdown that gave the Storm an early 10-0 lead.
Last year, these two teams combined for 101 points and over 1,280 yards in a 52-49 shootout win by Ohio Dominican (2-6, 2-6 GLIAC). But the defenses dominated through the first three quarters with just 19 total points being scored.
After Ohio Dominican's 18-play opening drive yielded no points, the Storm marched 66 yards in 14 plays to get on the board with a 25-yard field goal from sophomore Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon).
On the Panthers' next possession, sophomore Akeem Solomon (Rochester, N.Y./Wilson Commencement) blocked a Ryan Breen punt, scooped it up and raced 25-yard for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead.
Ohio Dominican picked off Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) twice in the second quarter and turned those into 42 and 37-yard field goals by Chris Vortkamp. But his 38-yard attempt at the end of the half was blocked by junior Kevin Chapman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) to send the Storm to the locker room with a four-point lead.
Vortkamp added a 27-yarder for the only scoring in the third quarter to make the score 10-9.
The Lake Erie offense shook off the malaise in the final period, going 89 yards in 15 plays to open the quarter with a one-yard run from Alexander to push the lead to 16-9.
Junior Cameron Bryant (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King),who had a career-high 14 tackles in the game, came up with an interception on the first play of ODU's next possession and returned it 21 yards down to the Panthers' 15.
The emotional turn was quickly tempered as ODU quarterback Jeremy Fudge was injured on the play tackling Bryant and was down on the field for several minutes before being charted off for precautionary reasons.
But Lake Erie came out of the stoppage and after a short gain, Glass galloped 12 yards for his second touchdown of the season and a 23-9 lead. Glass added a five-yard run after a Steve Bensinger (Poland, Ohio/South Range) 22-yard punt return later in the quarter for a 30-9 lead.
Backup Billy Griffin scored on a one-yard run with just over a minute left in the game to make it 30-15, but David Romeo (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) recovered the onside kick attempt to secure Lake Erie's first home victory of the season.
Glass ran for a career-high 106 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries while Alexander had a season-high 82 on 17 attempts and his first rushing score of the year. Bedevelsky, who was just 11-of-21 passing for 125 yards and three interceptions rushed for 67 yrds on 16 attempts, becoming the school's all-time leading rusher in the process (1,399). Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) caught four passes for 47 yards to lead the Storm receivers.
Fudge was 18-of-27 passing for 121 yards and ran for 60 on 17 carries. Mike Noffsinger led the Panthers with 68 yards on 16 attempts. Tyler Maddox caught a game-high 12 passes for 70 yards.
Lake Erie finished with 419 yards of total offense, after racking up 667 against the Panthers in 2009. The Storm defense held ODU to 313, including 146 on the ground. The Panthers had rushed for over 400 yards a week ago. Bryant's 14 tackles included eight solo stops. Chapman had nine stops, including a pair of sacks, to go along with his second career blocked kick.
Vincent Vasquez made a game-high 17 tackles for Ohio Dominican. Jason McCurdy made 15 and returned an interception 49 yards that set up Vortkamp's first field goal.
The Storm rages on next Saturday, Nov. 6, when it hosts Tiffin University in the home finale at Britt Stadium. Kickoff is set for a 1p.m.