HOUGHTON, MICH. – Host Michigan Technological University jumped out to a 27-0 lead on the strength of a 20-point second quarter en route to a 41-10 victory over the Lake Erie College football team in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener for both teams at Sherman Field in Houghton, Mich.
The Huskies (2-0, 1-0) went on a 22-play, 97-yard drive that took up nearly 10 minutes to take a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Storm (1-1, 0-1 GLIAC) took the ball deep into Tech territory on its ensuing drive, but Quinton Parnell stepped in front of a Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) pass and returned the interception to the Lake Erie 42. Four plays later Akeem Cason ran it in from three yards out for a 20-0 lead.
Tyler Scarlett tossed his second TD pass of the afternoon, a 34-yard strike to Steve Worthy to make it a 27-0 game. Junior Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) connected for a 35-yard field goal with 30 seconds to go before halftime to put LEC on the board.
Midway through the third quarter, Bedevelsky scored on a seven-yard scamper but the Huskies answered with a 28-yard pass from Scarlett to Justin Springer to push the lead to 41-10.
Scarlett completed 15-of-21 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns. He was intercepted once and also added 32 yards on the ground. Cedrick Barber ran for an even 100 yards on 23 carries and Cason added 77 yards on 14 attempts. Each player scored a rushing touchdown, part of the Huskies' 256-yard rushing attack.
The Huskies, who converted 10-of-15 third downs in the ball game and had a decisive edge in time of possession (38:04 to 21:56) and first downs (24-17). Pat Carroll caught five passes for 69 yards, both game highs.
The Storm managed just 261 yards of offense against the league's top-ranked defense, down from the 405 LEC had against the Huskies at home last season. Bedevelsky was 10-of-20 passing for 130 yards and an interception. He also surpassed the 1,400-career yard mark in rushing and also went by 8,000 yards of total offense for his career. Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) had three catches for 34 yards.
Senior Kameron Alexande r(Akron, Ohio/Buchtel) gained 40 yards on eight carries, surpassing the 1,000-yard mark for his career. He is just the third Storm player to reach that plateau and now has 1,017 yards.
Gus Armbruster (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) made a game-high 15 tackles including 12 solo stops. Ryan Studer (Madison, Ohio/Riverside) had nine solo tackles and 10 stops overall. Dylon Leymon (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) had the Storm's interception, the second of his career.
Lake Erie returns home to host Saginaw Valley State University on Saturday night, Sept. 17, under the lights for the second annual Football and Fireworks Extravaganza presented by Gas Natural, Inc. at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., with the fireworks show following the conclusion of the game.