PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College football team was in action today as they were defeated by Walsh University, 31-7.
The Cavaliers took the opening possession of the game, 77 yards on 15 plays for a touchdown. The drive covered 10 minutes, and was capped off by a four yard touchdown rush. The Storm answered back on their opening possession of the game, as they drove the ball 77 yards in five plays. The Lake Erie drive was finished off by a Desmon Turner (Cedar Bluff, Ala. / Fort Payne) 38 yard scamper up the middle to tie the game at 7 points apiece. The Storm and Cavaliers entered the second quarter deadlocked at 7-7.
On the ensuing Walsh possession, the Cavaliers drove 61 yards on 15 plays. The drive was finished off by a six yard rush, to give the Cavaliers a 14-7 lead. Walsh tacked on a second straight touchdown with 23 seconds remaining in the half, with a one yard touchdown run, to take a 21-7 lead into the intermission.
The Cavaliers came out of the locker room with intensity, and stopped the Storm's opening drive and tacked on a touchdown on their ensuing possession. The Walsh drive was capped by a 15 yard touchdown run. After the Storm offense stalled out on their ensuing drive, Jermichael Isom (Gadsden, Alabama / Gadsden) intercepted a Walsh pass and put the Storm offense in plus territory. Lake Erie's offense was unable to turn the interception into points, and on the Cavaliers next possession, a 49 yard field goal gave Walsh a 31-7 lead.
The fourth quarter was a defensive battle as neither team was able to score points in the final frame. The Cavaliers held on to win the game, 31-7.
The Lake Erie offense was led by Turner as he carried the ball six times for 60 yards, and had the Storm's lone touchdown. The Storm defense was led by a trio of players, all tied for a game high 10 tackles. Thomas Covington (Tampa, Florida / Tampa Bay Tech.), Jaden King (Garner, North Carolina / Middle Creek), and Justin Growel (East Troy, Wisc. / East Troy) each tallied 10 tackles, while Covington notched two tackles for a loss and Growel had one tackle for a loss. Isom pitched in with four tackles to go along with the lone turnover for the Storm.
Lake Erie will return to the gridiron Saturday (Nov. 11) when they host Hillsdale College on Senior Day, with the game set to kick off at 2 p.m.