PAINESVILLE, OHIO - On the heels of a heartbreaking loss in week one, the Lake Erie College football team looks to rebound and pick up its first win of the season when it hosts Fairmont State University on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. Kickoff for the 2009 home opener at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium is set for 1 p.m. The Storm (0-1) fell victim to a late Gannon University rally last Thursday night in Erie, losing to the Golden Knights 35-34. The Falcons (0-1) also dropped their opener last week, 33-21, at home to Clarion University.
THE SERIES: This is the second meeting between the schools with Fairmont State holding a 1-0 advantage after last season's 34-21 win in Fairmont, W. Va.
THE BROADCAST: The game will be carried live on ESPN 970 WFUN AM and streamed online at www.espn970wfun.com as part of the Lake Erie Football Network with Scott Wludyga (play-by-play) and Rob Wludyga (analyst) calling the action.
LAST TIME OUT FOR LAKE ERIE: Lake Erie jumped out to a two-touchdown lead but saw Gannon rally back with two scores in the final six minutes, including the game winner with 57 seconds remaining, to give the Golden Knights a 35-34 victory in the season opener for both teams last Thursday (Aug. 28). Senior RB Tony Howard (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights/Kent State) and sophomore QB Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) each rushed for two touchdowns while junior linebacker Dan Nebraski (Painesville, Ohio/Madison/Edinboro) accounted for the other score with a blocked punt and recovery in the end zone. The Storm totaled 392 yards in the game but was outgained by Gannon 416-392.
LAST TIME OUT FOR FAIRMONT STATE: The Fighting Falcons outgained Clarion 371-346 and surrendered only one offensive touchdown, but the Golden Eagles returned two interceptions for touchdowns and kicked four field goals in a 33-21 win at Fairmont State's Duvall-Rosier Field. The Falcons rushed for 238 yards and had four players each gain 50 or more on the ground.
COMING UP FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie plays the first of three straight games on the road, traveling to West Liberty next Saturday, Sept. 12. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. at Russek Field in West Liberty, W. Va.