PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Sophomore QB Sean
Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) found Brandon James (Mentor,
Ohio/Mentor) in the front right corner of the endzone in overtime
to give the Lake Erie College football team a 27-24 victory over
Fairmont State University this afternoon (Sept. 5) in the home
opener at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.
The scoring toss was Bedevelsky's third of the day and helped
the Storm (1-1) overcome several special teams miscues to notch
their first win of the season, and a win in the first overtime game
in school history.
Alex Ashley, who missed a 40-yard field goal at the end of
regulation that would have won it for Fairmont State (0-2),
connected on a 34-yard kick on the opening possession of overtime
to give the Falcons a 24-21 lead.
Bedevelsky completed an 11-yard pass to junior Demetrius Gray
(Cleveland, Ohio/South) and senior running back Tony Howard
(Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights/Kent State) carried twice
to get the ball to the four-yard line. On second-and-goal from
there, Bedevelsky took the snap and threw a dart to a diving James
for the winning score.
"The play we used there was not in the play book for that
formation, they just came up with that," said Lake Erie head coach
Mark McNellie. "But we were confident being that the play involved
numbers (Bedevelsky) 13 and 84 (James). Sean has a knack for
throwing it in open areas and Brandon has a knack of going after it
and making catches."
After a scoreless first quarter which included missed field
goals by each team, the Storm struck first with Bedevelsky, finding
redshirt freshman John Hokavar (Perry, Ohio/Perry) over the middle
for a 10-yard touchdown.
A six-yard run by Omoniyi Bakare later in the period tied the
game at 7-7 before Lake Erie's two-minute offense went to
work. Bedevelsky took the team 60 yards in eight plays in 2:03
and capped the drive with a three-yard run with 28 seconds left in
the half to put the Storm up 14-7 at intermission.
Fairmont State quickly tied it up on the first possession of the
second half with Derek Taylor connecting with Demetrius Young for a
34-yard catch-and-run to make it a 14-14 game. Lake Erie's start to
the second half didn't start nearly as well.
The Storm's first two drives of the third period ended in a
blocked punt and a blocked field goal. But each time, the Lake
Erie defense rose to the occasion and held Fairmont off the board
after each block.
Behind a balanced running attack, the Falcons started to wear
out the Storm defense however, and ultimately took their first lead
of the game at 21-14 following a 16-play, 86-yard drive capped by
Doug Brazill's two-yard run with 1:49 left in regulation.
But the Storm went back to the hurry-up and quickly advanced the
ball into Falcon territory after 18- and 19-yard completions to
sophomore wing Dave Romeo (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake
A 15-yard strike to James got the ball down to the Fairmont
15-yard line and two plays later, Bedevelsky completed a pass to
junior receiver Tracy Evans (Cleveland, Ohio/East Tech/Kentucky
State) for a 15-yard touchdown to tie the game with just under a
minute to go. A 34-yard run by Bakare put the Falcons in business
but the drive stalled at the Lake Erie 24, forcing Ashley to
attempt the 40-yarded which went wide left.
On the day, Bedevelsky completed 20-of-34 passes for 222 yards
with three touchdowns and one interception. His top target was
James with seven catches for 54 yards while Romeo totaled 73 yards
on five grabs. For the second straight game, Howard came up just
short of the 100-yard mark, finishing with 96 yards on 23
Bakare led all rushers with 145 yards on 21 attempts while
Brazill added 112 on 19 carries.
Overall the Falcons gained 306 yards on the ground and 434 yards
total, compared to 128 rushing and 350 total for Lake Erie.
Taylor was 11-of-20 passing for 128 yards and the
touchdown. On defense, junior linebacker Garrett McMullin
(Brookfield, Ohio/Brookfield/Clarion) posted a team-high 11
tackles, including six solo, while sophomores David Heck (North
Lima, Ohio/South Range) and David Dunne (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky
River) each had nine stops. Fairmont State's Nate Black led
all players with 12 total tackles.
The Storm returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 12, at West
Liberty. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. with the pregame show on
ESPN 970 WFUN starting at 12:45