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Defense Tops Offense in Spring Game

Defense Tops Offense in Spring Game

PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College football team played their annual Spring Game Saturday (April 16).

The game featured the Storm defense versus the offense with a modified scoring system and a running clock.  After four quarters of play, the Storm defense picked up a 66-54 win.

The offense got off to a hot start, with John Banyasz (Columbia Station, Ohio/Columbia) finding Mitchel Tilley (Oxford, Mich./Oxford) for a touchdown. After a three-and-out on the next drive, Javarian Smith (Pontiac, Mich./Oa6kland Christian) found Tailin Johnson (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) for their second touchdown as they owned a 17-6 lead after one quarter.

After the Storm defense forced a three-and-out, Banyasz found Tilley for their second touchdown connection of the day.  On the next possession, Marcellus Mitchell (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) recovered a fumble to give six points to the defense. The Storm defense took over the rest of the half, cutting the offense's lead to 28-22 at the half.

Banyasz found Tilley for their third touchdown play of the day in the third.  Shortly after, Robert Drake (Euclid, Ohio/Lutheran East) scored a highlight reel touchdown, increasing the offense's lead to 43-37.  The Storm defense recovered, with Alec Heldreth (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) tallying a tackle for loss and sack late in the quarter to cut the lead to 44-33. 

The Storm defense got out to a good start in the fourth quarter.  After a three-and-out, Dylan Starks (Fremont, Ohio/Fremont Ross) intercepted a pass for six points.  Keith Love (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) and Zack Jude (Canal Winchester, Ohio/Bloom Carroll) recorded a tackle for a loss to tie the game at 44.

After some back-and-forth, Marquail Montgomery (Grand Blanc, Mich./Atherton) picked off a pass to give the defense a 52-46 lead.  After a timeout, Nick Szabados (Middletown, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) picked off a pass, extending the lead to 59-47.  Tyler Hampton (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) had a big touchdown catch, followed by a two-point conversion, but it was not enough as the Storm defense picked up the win.