Storm Teaches Apprentice School A Lesson in Winning
Oct 11, 2008
PAINESVILLE, Ohio (October 11, 2008) - Lake Erie College
officially started its first winning streak in program history with
Saturday's 47-38 defeat of The Apprentice School at Jack Britt
Memorial Stadium, giving the Storm its second consecutive victory
this season. In more than one instance, the valuable lesson of the
game isn't over until the final second ticks down was learned by
all who took the field this beautiful
afternoon. The Storm served as teachers, reaping the
benefit of its own lesson, and sending the school from Virginia,
which is made up of apprentices from Northrop Grumman Newport
News, home with a loss.
Lake Erie scored in its opening drive on five plays that ended
with Dave Romeo (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) sweeping across the
left end and diving across the line on a two-yard run for his
first of three touchdowns for the day. Cameron Szatala (Lorain,
Ohio/Admiral King) got the extra point to give the Storm the 7-0
lead just two minutes and 15 seconds into the game. Lake Erie held
the lead for the remainder of the quarter.
The Builders got on the board in the second quarter on a 32-yard
touchdown pass after a 12-play, 80-yard drive that tied the game.
The Storm responded just a few minutes later with a touchdown by
Demetrius Gray (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland South) on a nine-yard
reception. A missed point after attempt left some leeway for the
visitors, who returned the kickoff 83 yards and then followed with
the point after to take a 14-13 lead with 3:55 to go in the
Lake Erie was then stopped in three and forced to punt, giving
the ball to the Builders on their own 30-yard line. The Apprentice
School produced 70 yards on five plays, finishing with a 31-yard
touchdown pass to increase the lead to seven. It was then the
Builders who missed the point after as the half ended with the
hosts trailing, 20-13.
In the third quarter, the Apprentice School scored the first two
touchdowns, however, went for a two-point conversion on each and
failed on both attempts, leaving ample opportunity for a Storm
comeback with the score at 32-13 with three minutes to go in the
third. Some unnecessary taunting on the TDs of the third period,
served as fuel for the Storm scoring engine as Lake Erie proceeded
to plow through anything and everything that stood in its way.
The comeback trail began with a 29-second drive which covered 63
yards on two plays and ended with a 25-yard reception by Romeo with
2:53 on the clock. Szatala buried the kick to make it 32-20.
On the Apprentice School possession, the Builders marched 19 yards
on three complete passes before free safety Ryan Studer
(Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) took the wind out of their sails,
intercepting the next pass and returning it 55 yards for his first
collegiate touchdown. A missed point after, put the Storm down
32-26 as time expired in the period.
The fourth quarter scoring got underway with a three-play drive
that included a 51-yard run by tailback Tony Howard (Garfield
Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights) and a 70-yard Sean Bedevelsky
(Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) touchdown pass to an outstretched Romeo
that was followed by a Szatala kick to give the Storm its first
lead since the beginning of the game, 33-32 with less than eight
minutes to play. Howard, who was named the Eastern Colleges
Athletic Conference (ECAC) Offensive Player of the Week after last
week's record-setting performance, then came up big with a 51-yard
touchdown run on the Storm's next possession. Szatala's kick made
it 40-32 with seven minutes remaining.
The Apprentice School answered with a TD with 5:30 to go to make
it 40-38 as Lake Erie ran the ball much of its remaining time of
possession. The Storm's insurance score came on defense on a
36-yard interception return by David Dunne (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky
River) and was finished off with a kick by Szatala.
For the game, Lake Erie totaled 471 offensive yards - 206
rushing and 265 passing. Bedevelsky was 11-for-22 with no
interceptions and a program record three touchdowns. Howard
concluded the day with a program record 158 yards on 18 carries.
Gray was the team's leading receiver with 100 yards on five catches
with Romeo totaling a program record two TD
receptions. Scott Given led the Storm with four solo and
five assisted tackles, along with a sack for a loss of eight yards.
Defensively, the Storm picked off a program record four passes with
Studer, Dunne, Kenneth Glenn (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights)
and Derrick Clement (Seville, Ohio/Cloverleaf) each being credited
with the statistic.
Lake Erie (2-5) is on the road the next three weeks, beginning
with a 1 p.m. kickoff at Salisbury on Oct. 18. The game will be
broadcast in its entirety on a one-hour delay on WELW 1330 AM and