Storm Land Five on All-GLIAC Football Team
BAY CITY, MICH. – The Lake Erie College football team placed five players on the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Football Team released late Wednesday (Nov. 14). All five were named to the team as honorable mention selections.
Leading the way was fifth-year senior offensive lineman Mike McElligot (Warrensville Heights, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) who was named to the All-GLIAC squad for the second straight season after starting every game at right guard.
Seniors Bryant Loparo (Bellevue, Ohio/Bellevue), Taylor Leppla (Cambridge, Ohio/Cambridge) and Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) along with sophomore Tanner Wells (Carrollton, Texas/Parish Episcopal) rounded out the Storm's honorees.
Loparo earned the honor after switching from the defensive line to the offensive side of the ball and emerged as the team's starting center for every game during the season.
Leppla capped his career with a strong season at the defensive end position, making 59 tackles, including 7.5 for losses. He recorded 3.5 sacks, recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass playing in all 11 games with nine starts. He also caught a 24-yard pass on a fake punt against Ohio Dominican University.
Marcotte, Lake Erie's all-time leading scorer with 252 points, converted all 35 of his extra point attempts and was 10-of-14 on field goals, including five-of-six from beyond 40-yards. He also averaged 36.8 yards on 54 punts this season. At Walsh University on Oct. 27, he set two school records by kicking a 50-yard field goal and a 54-yard punt to earn GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Wells did a little bit of everything for the Storm defense this season, starting nine games at outside linebacker and two more at safety. He finished second on the team with 81 total tackles (50 solo), led the team with nine tackles for loss, recorded three sacks and tied the school record with three interceptions. Wells led the team in tackles four times and had three games with 10 or more stops. He also punted two times, averaging 40.5 yards per kick, and ran a fake punt in from 48 yards out on the team's opening possession to spark a win at Notre Dame College on Oct. 6, earning GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Lake Erie posted a 3-8 overall record in 2012, including a 3-7 mark in the GLIAC, finishing fourth in the league's South Division.