Howard and Storm Make History in First Program Win
Oct 04, 2008
PAINESVILLE, Ohio (October 4, 2008) - It was Homecoming Weekend
at Lake Erie College and what better to come home to than the
Storm's first win in program history as Lake Erie defeated
Glenville State College, 34-27 in front of more than 1,500 fans at
Jack Britt Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Junior tailback Tony Howard (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield
Heights) took the reigns and led the team to its historic first
victory, recording four program records and a trio
of touchdowns. Howard found the end zone in the first quarter
on an 18-yard pass from freshman quarterback Sean Bedevelsky
(Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and a point after by
freshman Cameron Szatala (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) made it
The Pioneers knotted the score early in the second
quarter on a one-yard run by the NCAA's leading rusher, Jerry
Seymour. It was his first of two TDs on the afternoon, but the
Storm kept him under his average for the game, allowing
him 5.2 yards per carry as compared to his usual 8.6.
Glenville then took the lead on an eight-yard interception
return with 7:41 to go in the half. The Storm retaliated by
moving up the field 74 yards in 10 plays, capping the drive with a
24-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Brandon James (Mentor,
Ohio/Mentor) in the right corner of the end zone. Szatala split the
uprights to make it 14-14 with just 20 seconds remaining
before the break.
The third quarter saw its only score with 12 seconds left
on the clock when the Pioneers punched one in on a five-yard
run. The team's two-point conversion was unsuccessful, leaving the
door open for the Storm. The small opening was all
the green and white needed to put together a fourth
quarter unlike any other this season. Howard found the end
zone for his second time after a 13-yard run, however,
Szatala's point after attempt to give the Storm the lead just
missed from 41 yards out, leaving the score tied at 20.
The Storm defense held Glenville to 34 yards on five plays in
their next series, to regain the ball at the Lake Erie 48-yard
line. A Pioneer penalty gave Lake Erie a first down and a 26-yard
pass to James pushed the Storm to the Glenville 46-yard line. Lake
Erie then delved into its bag of tricks and pulled out a 15-yard
rushing play to left guard David Greenslade (Conneaut,
Ohio/Conneaut) to set up Bedevelsky for a six-yard TD run.
Szatala's kick was good, putting Lake Erie up 27-20 with just under
six minutes to play.
Glenville got two first downs in its next possession before the
Lake Erie defense came up big with two defensive stops -
one on a tackle by Bill Finucan (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky
River) of a rushing Pioneer quarterback and the other on a broken
up pass by Anthony Johnson (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) on a
fourth down, which gave the ball to Lake Erie on its own 27.
On the Storm's first play of the series, Howard rushed
the length of the field, receiving a key block from James
in his final stride, to give him his third TD of the afternoon
- a program record for total touchdowns in a game and long rush
with 73 yards. Szatala's kick was again good, giving the Storm
a 34-20 lead.
The Pioneers scored on their next possession to put the score at
34-27 with just over two minutes remaining in the game. Two
more possessions for Lake Erie and another for Glenville all came
up empty, giving Lake Erie the victory.
Bedevelsky finished the day 14-for-28 for 171 total yards and
two touchdown passes. He also rushed for a touchdown. Howard
recorded a game-record 142 yards rushing on a game-record 24
carries. James totaled 60 yards receiving on three
catches with one touchdown. Defensively, free safety Ryan Studer
(Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) led the team with seven solo and nine
assisted tackles to set the program game record for 16 total
tackles. Kevin Chapman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) and Andy
Kurzinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) were each credited with a sack,
while Taylor Jonard (Galena, Ohio/Walnut) and Josh Freeman (Mentor,
Ohio/Mentor) combined for another sack.
Lake Erie (1-5) remains at home next week to take on The
Apprentice School at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on a
one-hour delay on WELW 1330 AM and welw.com.