ASHLAND, OHIO – The Lake Erie College football team faced another high-powered offensive attack Saturday night (Sept. 29) and a shorthanded Storm was no match for 13th-ranked Ashland University as the host Eagles remained undefeated with a 68-21 win at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field in Ashland.
Ashland (5-0, 4-0 GLIAC0 jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter on the strength of two Taylor Housewright touchdown passes and a short TD run by Jordan McCune.
The Storm (0-5, 0-4 GLIAC) got on the board early in the second quarter on a 19-yard pass from senior QB Patrick Nicely (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South/Akron) to sophomore WR Andrew Schickler (Doylestown, Ohio/Chippewa).
But after that, it was all Eagles to close the half. A pair of Storm turnovers aided the Ashland offense as Housewright threw two more touchdowns and Cameron Casey kicked two field goals, including a 24-yarder at the end of the first half that sent the Eagles into the locker room with a 41-7 lead.
Freshman Anthony Bilal (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the second half,, but each one was answered by another Ashland score.
Bilal rushed for 103 yards on 15 attempts, his second 100-yard game of the season. Nicely completed 19-of-28 passes for 189 yards with the touchdown, but threw two costly interceptions in the first half – both of which led to Ashland points. Schickler had a career high six grabs for 79 yards.
The Eagles outgained the Storm 603-369. Housewright was 19-of-30 for 305 yards and four touchdowns – all in the first half. With a large lead, Ashland went to the ground in the second half, throwing just seven passes in the final two quarters. The Eagles gained 191 of their 251 rushing yards in the second half. McCune ran 10 times for 102 yards and two TDs to lead the Eagles. Anthony Capasso caught six passes for 93 yards and found the end zone twice.
Senior Taylor Leppla (Cambridge, Ohio/Cambridge) made a career-high 10 tackles on defense for LEC. Cody Bloom had 10 tackles, an interception and recovered a fumble for the Ashland defense.
The Storm is on the road again next week, in a greater Cleveland-area matchup with Notre Dame College on Saturday night, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Lyndhurst, Ohio.