PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Lake Erie held its annual Green & White Game on Saturday, and the Storm offense emerged victorious in an entertaining 51-48 offense-defense scrimmage.
Donning white Lake Erie jerseys, the LEC offense pulled off a second-half comeback in netting the win in front of a large crowd at Jack Britt Stadium in Painesville, Ohio. Junior wide receiver Andrew Schickler had three catches for 90 yards, all in the second half, as a vaunted LEC passing game – one of the best in DII football last season – got on track in the game's final two quarters. Sophomore quarterback Mitchell Hokavar completed four second-half passes of 25 yards or more.
One of those long Hokavar passes – a 52-yarder -- connected with Zaide Whitley for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The play was part of a back-and-forth in a scoring format that rewarded the offense for first downs and traditional scoring plays and the defense for turnovers and defensive stops.
An R.J. Karam interception late in the fourth vaulted the green-clad defense into a lead, but the offense escaped with a three-point victory in the end.
Whitley caught six passes for 100 yards. Hokavar went 10-of-19 through the air, collecting 183 passing yards. The White Team's top rusher was Brandon Phenix who bolted for 84 yards on the sunny afternoon in Painesville. Quarterback Tyler Eden passed for 63 yards and ran for 60 in the scrimmage, which was preceded by a Storm Football alumni flag football tilt.
The Green squad was paced by Isaiah Wheeler who tallied eight tackles, including a sack, in the game. The defense had four sacks as a unit. Davon Daniels had one of those four; Daniels, Kyle Herth and Eric Owens registered five tackles each.
The LEC defense dominated the first half. They kept the offense out of the end zone until the second drive of the third quarter.
The Green & White Game closed out a 14-practice spring session for the program.
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