Marcotte's Kick at End Notches Storm's First GLIAC Win, 48-45 Over Findlay
Oct 23, 2010
FINDLAY, OHIO – Sophomore Sam Marcotte
(Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) kicked a 22-yard field goal as time expired
to give the Lake Erie College football team a thrilling 48-45
victory over the University of Findlay Saturday at Donnell Stadium,
securing the program's first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference (GLIAC) victory.
James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and David Romeo
(Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) and sophomore Andre Wells
(Cleveland, Ohio/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) each went over 100
yards receiving, part of a school-record 441-yard passing day by
Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick), as the Storm (1-7, 1-6
GLIAC) rolled up 634 yards of total offense in rallying from a
10-point fourth-quarter deficit.
Bedevelsky threw a pair of touchdown passes to James and scored
on a one-yard run in the first half, but the Oilers (1-7, 1-6
GLIAC) got a pair of touchdown runs from Monterae Williams and two
touchdown passes from John Soli to Dustin Zielakiewicz and
led 31-21 at halftime.
Twice in the third quarter Lake Erie got within three points,
once o a four-yard run by Bedeveslky and the other on a two-yard
dart from Bedevelsky to junior Patrick
Lunney (Mt. Shasta, Calif./Mt. Shasta/College of
Each time Findlay had an answer. Offensive lineman Tom
Orlosky fell on a Williams fumble in the endzone for a 38-28 lead
and later Soli, making his first career start at quarterback, threw
a 17-yard strike to DaJerrian Smith to make it 45-35 heading into
the final quarter.
But that quarter belonged to Lake Erie. After the pas to Smith,
the Storm drove 80- yards in nine plays on the ensuing possession
and Bedevelsky lofted a pass to the back corner of the end zone
from six yards out that junior Nick Yeager
(Madison, Ohio/Madison) pulled in while getting a foot down in
bounds to make it 45-42.
After the Storm defense forced a three-and-out, Lake Erie looked
to take the lead but a fabulous 58-yard catch and run by junior Ryan
Robinson (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) was negated by a
holding penalty. The drive subsequently stalled,
resulting in a career-long 51-yard punt from freshman Billy Croom
(Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft) that set the Oilers back to their
Despite struggling early in the game, the Lake Erie defense rose
to the occasion when it mattered. Sophomore Cameron
Whitner (Westerville, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) intercepted Soli
t the Findlay 36 and five plays later Marcotte, aided by a well
handled rolling snap by sophomore Matt Krumpak
(McDonald, Ohio/McDonald) connected from 21 yards out to tie it at
After another stand that resulted in a Findlay punt, the Storm
took over at its own 19 with 5:24 to go. The Oilers would
never get the ball back. Lake Erie ran 13 plays to get down
to the Oiler five-yard line and ran out the clock until bringing in
the field goal unit with just two seconds left.
The snap, hold and kick were true and the Storm had its first
Bedevelsky completed 34-of-50 passes for 441 yards – all
career highs, and threw for touchdowns. He also rushed for 59 yards
and two scores, totaling over 500 yards and six touchdowns.
His favorite target was James, who caught a game-high nine passes
for 120 yards and the two touchdowns. Romeo hauled in seven
for 103 yards and Wells had four catches for an even 100 yards,
becoming the first trio of Storm receivers to reach the century
mark in the same game.
Alexander (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel) ran for a team-high 64 yards on
15 carries and also caught five passes out of the backfield.
As a team, the Storm ran a record 100 plays in recording the
second-highest offensive output in terms of total yardage in school
Junior linebacker Cameron
Bryant (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) led the Storm defense with
11 tackles while classmate Ryan Studer
(Painesvile, Ohio/Madison) came up with 10 stops.
Findlay gained 368 yards on offense, including 202 on the ground
by Williams. But the Oilers had just 142 in the second half.
Soil completed 14-of-27 throws for 138 yards with three touchdowns
and an interception. Zielaskiewicz caught seven passes for 68
yards and the two scores. Brandon Butler had a game-high 15
tackles to lead the Oilers.
The Storm rages on next Saturday, Oct. 30, against fellow GLIAC
newcomer Ohio Dominican University at home. Kickoff is set for 1
p.m. at Britt Stadium on Youth Day.