Storm Looks to Move Back Above .500 With Win at the Apprentice School
Oct 09, 2009
PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Coming off a wild 52-49 loss on Homecoming,
the Lake Erie College football team will look to move back over the
.500 mark on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Apprentice School in Newport
News, Va. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Apprentice Field. The
Storm is also looking for its third straight road win.
Lake Erie had its two-game winning streak snapped as its
comeback bid fell short against Ohio Dominican last week, 52-49,
despite a record offensive day. Trailing by 22 in the second
half, the Storm mounted another fourth quarter comeback but came up
three points short. The Apprentice School, meanwhile, was defeated
at Salisbury Univeristy - Lake Erie's Week Eight opponent - by a
score of 77-7.
THE SERIES: This is the second meeting between
the two schools. Lake Erie won the first meeting last year in
Painesville, 48-37, rallying from a 32-13 deficit midway through
the third quarter.
THE BROADCAST: The game will be carried live on
ESPN 970 (WFUN) and streamed online at www.espn970wfun.com as part of
the Lake Erie Football Network with Craig Deas (play-by-play)
calling the action.
THE COACHES:Mark McNellie
(Baldwin-Wallace '88) is in his third season at Lake Erie, guiding
the program since its inception as a club sport in 2007. He
has a varsity record of 6-11 and is 13-13 overall (including club
season). Prior to being named head coach at Lake Erie on Aug. 9,
2006, McNellie was an assistant coach at Mercyhurst College for 17
Michael Vite (Hillsdale '81) is in his second season as the
head coach of the Apprentice School and has a career mark of 3-11.
His coaching career has included stops as an assistant at Guilford
College, Morgan State, Murray State, Southern and Wake
LAST TIME OUT FOR LAKE ERIE: A record offensive
day and another furious fourth-quarter comeback wasn't enough as
the Storm fell to Ohio Dominican 52-49 Saturday on Homecoming at
Jack Britt Memorial Stadium. Lake Erie totaled 667 yards in
the game, 337 through the air and 330 on the ground.
Sophomore QB Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) completed
24-0f-40 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns (two
interceptions) and ran for a career-high 85 yards and another score
to lead the Storm. Lake Erie trailed at one point 42-20 in
the third quarter and nearly pulled off the comeback win by
outscoring ODU 15-3 in the fourth. Tony Howard (Garfield
Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights/Kent State) rushed for 80 yards and
a touchdown while Demetrius Gray (Cleveland, Ohio/South) added 68
yards and two TDs. Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) led
the receiving corps with five grabs for 95 yards and a
touchdown. However, Ohio Dominican matched the Storm's
offensive explosion with 591 yards on offense led by Billy
Griffin's 386 passing yards and three TDs. Gus Armbruster
(North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) had 14 tackles for the LEC
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE APPRENTICE SCHOOL: The
Builders trailed 35-0 at halftime and 49-0 before getting on the
scoreboard in a 77-7 loss at Salisbury on Saturday. AS
surrendered 460 yards rushing against the Sea Gulls and 606
total. Reggie George rushed for 116 yards on 13 carries for
the Builders while Phil Caralla completed 11-of-21 passes for 153
yards. James Abbs caught five of those passes for 88
THE LAST MEETING: In a wild west type shootout,
the homestanding Lake Erie Storm had one more weapon in its matchup
with the Apprentice School on October 11, 2008.
Builder junior quarterback Phil Caralla threw for a school
record 388 yards and five touchdowns, but it was not enough as the
Apprentice School gave up 27 unanswered points in the second half
and fell 47-38
to Lake Erie College at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium on
A slow first quarter saw the Storm started scoring on its
first drive covering 62 yards capped by a Dave Romeo two-yard run
at the 12:45 mark to take a 7-0 lead. That lead held through
the quarter as both teams stiffened on defense, which turned to be
one of the last defensive stands of the game.
Apprentice School answered with a scoring drive on its first
series of the second quarter. The Builders went 80 yards,
converting two big fourth down plays before scoring on a 32-yard
completion from Caralla to freshman Jusdon McKee. On that
score, the 6-foot-4 freshman out jumped the defender at the
10-yardline before scooting into the end zone at the 8:07
mark. Earlier in the drive that tandem connected on a fourth
down and four play that went for 14 yards.
Lake Erie responded to that score with a touchdown drive
finished by a Sean Bedevelsky nine-yard pass to Demetrius Gray with
4:10 left to go up 13-7. The Builders responded with
something that hasn't happened in 10-12 years.
Freshman Deondre James caught the kickoff on the Builder 17,
scooted around the far sideline and ran 83-yards for the first
kickoff return for a touchdown since the late 1990s and giving the
Builders a 14-13 lead. Apprentice School (1-4) closed the
first half with a Caralla to McKee 31-yard scoring pass with 50
seconds left to give the Builders a 20-13 halftime advantage.
The second half turned into one of the wilder Apprentice
School outings in recent years. The Builders scored on its
first two possessions in the second half as Caralla and McKee
connected on a one-yard scoring pass and Caralla hooked up with
senior Markim Gordon on a 23-yard scoring pass with 3:29 left to
give the Builders a 32-13 advantage.
That was when the Storm started brewing in Painesville.
Two quick Bedevelsky to Romeo passes covered 63 yards to get Lake
Erie to 32-20. On the ensuing Builder drive, Caralla's pass
was picked off by Ryan Studer who returned it 55 yards for a
touchdown to get Lake Erie within six points at 32-26 with 41
seconds left in the third.
In the fourth quarter, Lake Erie took the lead back on a
Bedevelsky to Romeo 70-yard scoring pass to go up 33-32 with 7:39
left. After an onside kick that was recovered by the Storm,
Tony Howard busted through the middle of the line and ran 51 yards
to give the hosts a 40-32 advantage.
Apprentice School got back into the scoring race as Caralla
threw his school record fifth touchdown hitting Bryan Cain on a
19-yard connection with 5:30 left. The two-point attempt
failed as the Builders trailed 40-38.
Lake Erie sealed the deal with 35 seconds left as David
Dunne's 36-yard interception return gave the Storm the 47-38
QUICK SLANTS: With a win, Lake Erie would
surpass its win total from its inaugural season... Lake Erie has
won two straight on the road after opening the season with two
straight road defeats... the game will mark Lake Erie's first in
the state of Virginia... this is the first meeting with an opponent
that the Storm defeated last season...the Apprentice School is
playing just its second home game of the season.
UP NEXT: Lake Erie opens up a three-game
homestand next week when it hosts Salisbury University at 1 p.m. on