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.