PAINESVILLE, Ohio (September 20, 2008) - Lake Erie College recorded 557 total offensive yards to set the school record in Saturday's game against Saint Joseph's College (Ind.) at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium. Despite the onslaught of offense created by the Storm, especially wide receiver Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) who totaled 158 yards on 14 catches and running back Tony Howard (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights) who rushed for 110 yards on 11 carries, the first three statistics being game records, the Storm was outscored 58-35 by the Pumas.
It was the Storm that opened the day's scoring with a two-yard touchdown run by Howard less than three minutes into the game, making it 6-0 after an unsuccessful two-point conversion. The Pumas answered with a touchdown, extra point and field goal before the end of the first quarter to make it 10-6 in their favor.
Lake Erie wasn't done for the first period, however, and added its second TD of the day on a 10-yard run by Demetrius Gray (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland South), regaining the lead at 12-10.
In the second period, Storm scoring was edged out by Saint Joseph's, 14-10, with Lake Erie's Howard diving into the end zone on a six-yard run followed by an extra point and then a 32-yard field goal by freshman Cameron Szatala (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King). Lake Erie pushed the ball down field, gaining 49 yards in seven plays, making it to the 31-yard line before time expired. The Storm totaled 358 offensive yards in the half, compared to Saint Joseph's 121.
In the second half, Saint Joseph's came out firing with two touchdowns in the opening six minutes. The Storm recorded its fourth touchdown of the game on a 20-yard connection from freshman quarterback Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) to James. The Pumas again found the end zone just 19 seconds later on a kickoff return to make it 45-29 in favor of the guests.
In the fourth quarter, Bedevelsky completed nine passes for 85 yards, including a 13-yarder to receiver David Krzys (Ashtabula, Ohio/Lakeside) for the team's fifth touchdown of the afternoon. The Pumas put two more in the end zone to end the game.
Lake Erie outdid the visitors statistically-speaking both in the air and on the ground. Bedevelsky was 26-for-45 for a total of 308 yards. The Storm rushed for 249 yards - 36 more than the Pumas, while passing for 149 more yards than its competitors. Lake Erie was also a perfect 6-for-6 on red-zone scoring chances - a category the team is ranked 39th in the nation.
Bill Finucan (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) had his second sack of the season while leading the Storm with 12 tackles. Kenneth Glenn (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights), Nick Viola (Wickliffe, Ohio/VASJ) and Ryan Studer (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) totaled six tackles apiece.
The Storm (0-4) remains at home next Saturday when it hosts Adrian College (Mich.) at 1 p.m. It is a Take a Kid to the Game Day sponsored by the NCAA and Lake Erie College. All kids ages 14 and under will receive free admission with a paid adult general admission ticket. The game will be broadcast on a one-hour delay on WELW 1330 AM and welw.com.