PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Anthony Bilal (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) rushed for three touchdowns but it was not enough as the Storm fell to Wayne State University, 47-28, on Saturday (Nov. 8)
Wayne State took the opening possession and scored on a 54-yard touchdown rush by Desmond Martin with 12:49 left in the first quarter to open up scoring.
After stifling the Storm on their first possession the Warriors moved the ball down to a first and goal situation. The Storm defense was able to keep the Warriors out of the end zone, holding them to a field goal, giving them a 10-0 advantage with 3:54 to play in the first.
Tony Andrews (South Euclid, Ohio/Charles F. Brush) had his ninth pick of the season when he intercepted it in the end zone and returned it to the 31 yard line for the Storm in the second quarter. On the Storm's ensuing drive, Bilal broke his own record of touchdowns in a season of 25, when he had a 38-yard touchdown run, to make the score 10-7 with 12:32 left in the second quarter.
Wayne State answered the Storm touchdown with a six-yard touchdown pass of their own from Guinane to Hicks, to make the score 17-7 in favor of the Warriors.
The Storm was quick to answer when Bilal had a three yard touchdown run with 2:54 left in the half, to make it a three point game.
The Warriors added a field goal as time expired in the first half to give them a 20-14 advantage at half time.
On their first possession of the second half, Martin had a 54-yard rush to set up a two-yard touchdown carry to make the score 26-14 advantage Warriors with 4:13 left in the third. The Warriors went for two but were unsuccessful in their conversion attempt.
Mitchel Hokavar (Perry, Ohio/Perry) threw a 50-yard pass to Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) to give the Storm the ball at the 12 yard line. Bilal capped of the drive when he scored a 12-yard run to make the score 26-21 with 2:01 left in the third quarter.
An eight-yard Martin touchdown rush capped off a 65 yard drive by Wayne State to make the score 33-21 with 13:08 remaining in the game. The Storm provided the answer on their ensuing drive. After converting a fourth down, Hokavar scrambled and found Zaide Whitley (Portsmouth, Ohio/Portsmouth) for a 32-yard touchdown pass.
However, the Warriors did not allow a point the rest of the game while adding two touchdowns to secure the win.
Bilal ended the game with 145 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. Hokavar added 66 yards on the ground while Brandon Phenix (Toledo, Ohio/Maumee) had 33 yards.
Hokavar completed 10-of-24 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Lindgren had four catches for 69 yards.
Isaiah Wheeler (Copley, Ohio/Copley) led the Storm defense with 11 tackles. Tanner Wells (Carrollton, Texas/ Parish Episcopal) had 10 tackles. Stacy Woodford (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin,Coffman) had nine tackles and a pass breakup. Maurice Hale (Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft) and Andrews combined for 14 tackles. Christian Cole (Waldorf, Md./McDonoough), Marcus Rogers (Kent, Ohio/Roosevelt) and Kyle Herth (Harrison, Ohio/LaSalle had six tackles each.
The Storm is back in action for their final game of the season next weekend when they travel north to face Michigan Tech University.