Big Plays Doom Storm in Loss to Cardinals

Brandon Phenix (Photo by Ryan Baker/Baker Media Productions, Inc.)

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Quarterback Jonathan Jennings threw for over 500 yards and accounted for four touchdowns to lead visiting Saginaw Valley State University to a 51-24 victory over the Lake Erie College football team in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action Saturday night (Sept. 22) at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.

Senior Patrick Nicely (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby/Akron) threw two touchdowns for the Storm (0-4, 0- GLIAC) but the 20th-ranked Cardinals (3-1, 2-1 GLIAC) broke open a close game with a pair of big pass plays sandwiching the first quarter break to take control.

Leading 10-7, Jennings hit Michael Albrecht for a 58-yard pass with 56 seconds left in the first quarter. Then, after Nicely was intercepted by Grant Caserta, Jennings found Deon Jobe on the first play after the turnover for a 36-yard score and a 24-7 lead.  The teams traded field goals to close out the first half with Saginaw Valley ahead 27-10.

The Storm scored quickly to start the second half as sophomore Tommy Jackson's (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) 65-yard catch set up a 10-yard touchdown run by freshman Anthony Bilal (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) that made it 27-17 just 37 seconds into the second half.

But it was all Cardinals after that.  Jennings ran it in from five yards out and Tim Hogue added a one-yard run – his second TD of the game – and Jennings capped his night with a 73-yard scoring toss to Jeff Janis and a 48-17 lead.

The Storm's final points came on a five-yard TD pass from Nicely to sophomore receiver Andrew Schickler (Doylestown, Ohio/Chippewa). 

Jennings completed 23-of-41 passes for 511 yards and three touchdowns, hitting Janis 11 times for 264 yards.  He also was not sacked for the fourth straight game. Mark Thrash had six receptions for 85 yards while Hogue rushed for a game-high 107 yards on 24 carries as the Cardinals gained 688 total yards and did not commit a turnover.

Scott Stanford kicked three short field goals for the Cardinals.

Nicely completed 16-of-32 passes for a season-high 237 yards and two touchdowns but was also intercepted twice.  Redshirt freshman Anthony Kukwa (Perry, Ohio/Perry/Ball State) caught five passes for 72 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown, while Schickler finished with five catches for 46 yards. 

Brandon Phenix (Toledo, Ohio/Maumee) ran for 76 yards on 12 carries to lead the Storm.  Lake Erie posted 358 yards overall. 

Lake Erie will go on the road next week, Sept. 29, for a 7 p.m. kickoff at nationally-ranked Ashland University.

-LEC-