Lake Erie College Storm (3-6, 3-5 GLIAC)
vs. Ohio Dominican University Panthers (6-3, 5-3 GLIAC)
Nov. 1, 2012 | 1 p.m. | Jack Britt Memorial Stadium (Painesville, Ohio)
Lightning Strikes : Lake Erie plays its penultimate game of the 2012 season with the conclusion of the home portion of its schedule against Ohio Dominican University on Senior Recognition Day and Veteran's Appreciation Day. Prior to the game, Lake Erie will recognize its 13 senior players and two senior student assistant coaches. The Veterans Day program will be held at halftime… the Storm (3-6, 2-5 GLIAC) have won three of their last four contests, including a 27-20 win in overtime last Saturday night (Oct. 27) at Walsh University… Anthony Elias (Cortland Lakeview) rushed for a career-high 106 yards and scored two touchdowns, including what proved to be the game-winner on the opening possession of overtime, and Sam Marcotte (Chardnon) set two school records as Lake Erie defeated Walsh in overtime, 27-20. Brendan Gallagher completed 22-of-33 passes for 235 yards – all career highs – and threw a touchdown pass to Tommy Jackson (Hubbard), who caught a personal-best nine balls for 73 yards. Marcotte connected on a 50-yard field goal in the first quarter and later booted a 54-yard punt, with both being the longest such plays in school history. Marcus Rogers (Kent) led a strong defensive effort with 11 total tackles while Tanner Wells (Carrollton, Texas) and Nick Kirschner (Mentor) each had 10... with the victory at Walsh last week, the Storm matched its season win total of each of the previous two seasons. Lake Erie has two games remaining to better the 3-8 marks of 2010 and 2011... Elias became the third different Storm rusher this year to top the 100-yard mark in a game... the 121 passing yards allowed by the LEC defense last week at Walsh were the fewest since limiting Salisbury University to 96 passing yards on Oct. 17, 2009... Rogers, Wells, Ty Law (Madison) and Taylor Leppla (Cambridge) each had a sack at Walsh. That gives the Storm 21 sacks this year, one shy of the school record set in 2010... Lake Erie has already set a school record with nine interceptions this year. Stacy Woodford and Tanner Wells have three picks each... Marcotte went five-for-five on kicks at Walsh, running his streak of consecutive makes to 23, dating back to the Sept, 29 game at Ashland University. He was named the GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday (Oct. 29). He is the second Lake Erie player to earn the honor this year, joining sophomore LB/S Tanner Wells (Oct. 8). On Wednesday (Oct. 31) he was named OhioCollegeFootball.com NCAA FCS/II Special Teams Player of the Week joining Wells (defense) and Anthony Bilal (offense) as OFC.com honorees this year... The overtime win at Walsh was the third overtime game ever for the Storm, but the first since the 2009 season. Lake Erie is 3-0 all-time in games that go into overtime... freshman RB Anthony Bilal (Painesville Riverside) carried 10 times for 44 yards in the loss to Findlay, running his season rushing total to 714 yards. That's just 81 yards shy of Tony Howard's single-season rushing record total of 795 set in 2008. Bilal, who has rushed for seven touchdowns this season, also has an outside shot at become the school's first 1,000-yard back as he is just 286 yards short of that mark… The Panthers (6-3, 5-3 GLIAC) have won three in a row overall after a 31-14 victory last week at home over Tiffin University. Ohio Dominican leads the all-time series 2-1, including a 38-30 win last year in Columbus. This is the third time the teams will play in Painesville, having split the first two matchups.
UP NEXT: Lake Erie closes out the 2012 season on the road next Saturday, Nov. 10, at Tiffin University. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.