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Bilal Rushes for 270 Yards but Storm Falls at #20 Michigan Tech

Bilal Rushes for 270 Yards but Storm Falls at #20 Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON, Mich.— Anthony Bilal rushed for a school record 270 yards on just 27 carries but it was not enough as the Lake Erie College football team fell at 20th-ranked Michigan Tech University, 59-14, in their season finale.

The Huskies forced a turnover on downs on the Storm's first possession.  On the ensuing drive, Michigan Tech capped off a seven play, 74-yard drive with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Scarlett to Bradon Cowie.

The Storm was quick to answer on the following possession.  On third down, Anthony Bilal (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) found a hole in the middle and took it 75 yards untouched to tie the game at seven.

The score remained tied for only a couple plays as Scarlett found Cowie once again for a touchdown- this time from 63-yards out- to regain the lead, 14-7.  On their next possession, the Huskies were able to find the end zone once again on a touchdown pass from Scarlett to Charlie Leffingwell. 

The Huskies offense continued to roll, a going up by 34, 41-7, at the half.

Tanner Wells (Carrolton, Texas/Parish Episcopal) recovered a fumble forced by Kyle Herth (Harrison, Ohio/LaSalle) on the opening kickoff of the second half.  However, the Storm was unable to capitalize, turning the ball over on downs.  On the Huskies next possession, Herth once again forced a fumble which was recovered by Davon Daniels (Lorain, Ohio/Clearview).  On the next play, Bilal punched it in from eight yards out to cut the lead to 41-14.  But the Storm was unable to find the end zone the rest of the game as they fell to the Huskies.

Bilal ended the game with 270 rushing yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns.  He eclipsed the 2,000 yard mark on the season during the game.  He ends the season with 2,091 yards and 29 touchdowns on just 254 carries (8.2 yard avg.).

Mitchel Hokavar (Perry, Ohio/Perry) completed 12-of-25 passes for 98 yards.  Tommy Jackson (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) was his top target, catching five passes for 46 yards in his final game for the Storm.  Demarco Rojas (Owings, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) had three grabs for 24 yards. 

Isaiah Wheeler (Copley, Ohio/Copley/Stark State) led the Storm with 15 tackles including two for a loss. Wells finished the game with 13 stops, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. Maurice Hale (Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft) had 10 tackles.  Herth had nine tackles in addition to his two forced fumbles.