MIDLAND, MIch.—The Lake Erie College football team was unsuccessful at Northwood University Saturday (Oct. 1), falling to the Timberwolves 44-14 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action.
The Timberwolves scored the first two touchdowns of the game, one on the ground and one in the air, before the Storm got on the board.
The Storm orchestrated a nine-play 80 yard drive to cut the lead in half. Early in the drive, John Banyasz (Columbia Station, Ohio/Columbia Station) completed a 41-yard pass to Mitchel Tilley (Oxford, Mich./Oxford) on a third-and-long situation. The two combined for a 24-yard connection later in the drive which led to a three-yard touchdown reception by tight end Anthony Kukwa (Perry, Ohio/Perry/Ball State). Austin Baker (Clyde, Ohio/Clyde) capped off the drive with the extra point.
In the second quarter, the Timberwolves increased their advantage to 27-7 on a pair of rushing touchdowns.
On the ensuing kickoff following the second Northwood touchdown, Tony Andrews (South Euclid, Ohio/Charles F. Brush) returned the ball 88-yards to the Northwood five yard line. The return was the third longest in Storm history. On the next play, Chris Collins (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid) punched it in for his second rushing touchdown in the past two games. The Baker extra point dropped the deficit to 27-14.
Neither team was able to find the end zone again the opening half as the Timberwolves owned a 13 point lead heading into the locker room.
The Timberwolves added another air of rushing touchdowns in the fourth to increase their lead to 41-14. In the fourth, Northwood converted a 19-yard field goal attempt while stifling the Storm offense to seal the win.
Banyasz ended the game with eight completions for 103 yards and a touchdown. His top target was Tilley, who caught a pair of passes for 65 yards. Kukwa had a pair of catches, including his three-yard touchdown. Tailin Johnson (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) had a pair of catches for 16 yards.
On the ground, Banyasz led the Storm with 51 rushing yards. Collins carried the ball six times for 35 yards and a touchdown.
The Storm offense produced 267 yards with 150 coming on the ground.
Zack Jude (Canal Winchester, Ohio/Bloom Carroll) led the Storm defense with eight tackles, including .5 for a loss. Nick Kirschner (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) had six tackles, including one for a loss, and a fumble recovery. Brandon Davis (Lorain, Ohio/Lorain) had five stops while Marquan Richardson (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne), Maurice Hale (Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft) and Eric Owens (Chicago, Ill./Leo Catholic) had four apiece.
Baker was two-for-two on extra points while averaging 42.7 yards on three punts.
The Storm is back at home Saturday (Oct. 8), playing host to Ohio Dominican University