CANTON, Ohio— The Lake Erie College football won its third straight game, upending Malone University 55-34 Saturday night (Oct. 25) in Canton, Ohio.
The Storm rushing attack set several school records. Anthony Bilal (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) ended the game with 241 rushing yards in addition to three touchdowns. Overall, the Storm rushing attack accounted for 491 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns
The Storm got on the scoreboard early in the first quarter. After starting at their own 22-yard line, they worked the ball down the field on the back of big carries from Bilal and Brandon Phenix (Toledo, Ohio/Maumee). On first-and-goal from the four yard line, Mitchel Hokavar (Perry, Ohio/Perry) faked an option and ran it in to give the Storm the lead.
Malone provided an answer on the ensuing drive. The Pioneers moved the ball 74 yards on six plays with Kyle Nutter finding the end zone on a 14-yard run.
The Storm worked the ball methodically down the field at the end of the first quarter. After switching ends of the field, Bilal found the end zone on a second-and-ten from the 12-yard line.
On their next drive, the Storm was once again able to move the ball down the field with precision. Bilal capped off an eight play, 80-yard drive with his second touchdown of the game- this time from 14-yards out.
On Malone's next possession, Kaleb Scott's pass on third down was tipped by Tanner Wells (Carrollton, Texas/Parish Episcopal) and intercepted by Tony Andrews (South Euclid, Ohio/Charles F. Brush) and returned 18 yards for a touchdown.
Malone scored on the opening drive of the second half when Brandyn Eckhart found Josh McCaughlin for a 22-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 27-14.
The Storm responded on their next drive. Big runs from Bilal, Phenix and Hokavar moved the ball down to the three-yard line. On first-and-goal, Bilal scored his third touchdown of the game to reestablish the lead at 34-14.
After Malone cut the Storm lead to 34-21, Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) took an option run a school record 79-yards down the sideline for the Storm touchdown. On their next possession starting at the four-yard line, Bilal regained the school record for longest run by taking it 80 yards before getting caught, setting up a two-yard touchdown run by Phenix- his first of the season.
Eckhart threw his second touchdown pass on the next Pioneer possession to keep the game in check but Phenix answered with his second touchdown of the night- this time from 15-yards out.
Malone added a touchdown in the final minute of the game but it was not enough for the Pioneers.
Bilal ended the game 20 carries for 241 yards and three touchdowns. Phenix added 78 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while Hokavar had 52 yards. Aaron Lindgren added 81 yards on just two carries.
Hokavar was efficient in the pocket, completing eight-of-14 passes for 132 yards while adding a score on the ground. Tommy Jackson (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) was his top receiver, hauling in a pair of passes for 47 yards. Shane Van Fleteren (Shelby, Mich./Utica) had two catches for 34 yards.
Kyle Herth (Harrison, Ohio/LaSalle) led the Storm with 10 tackles. Wells added eight and a forced fumble. Stacy Woodford (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) made seven solo stops. Davon Daniels (Lorain, Ohio/Clearview) had six tackles, one forced fumble and a sack. Devante Sims (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar/West Liberty) and Maurice Hale (Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft) had sacks while Sims also had a forced fumble.
Andrews and Auston Hoeflich (Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown) had interceptions.
The Storm remains on the road next weekend as they travel to Michigan to take on Ferris State University.