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Storm Falls to Grand Valley on Homecoming

Storm Falls to Grand Valley on Homecoming

PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College football team fell to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Grand Valley State University 65-23 Saturday (Sept. 26) in Painesville.

Mitchel Hokavar (Perry, Ohio/Perry) completed 24-of-38 passes for 317 yards and two scores while gaining 79 yards on the ground.  Shane Van Fleteren (Shelby, Mich./Utica) was Hokavar's top target, hauling in five catches for 136 yards and a 57-yard touchdown.  Mitchel Tilley (Oxford, Mich./Oxford) also had five grabs for 22 yards.  Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) had three receptions for 46 yards while Brandon Phenix (Toledo, Ohio/Maumee) caught three passes for 38 yards.

Anthony Bilal (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) had 25 carries for 152 yards and a touchdown.  Jordan Morgan (Philadelphia, Pa./Parkway Northeast) had five carries for 32 yards.

Christian Cole (Waldorf, Md./McDonough) led the Storm defense with nine tackles.  Dylan Starks (Freemont, Ohio/Freemont Ross) had eight tackles while Nick Iapaolo (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) had six.  Kyle Adams (Canton, MIch./Canton) had five tackles including two for a loss.

Michael Muzic (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) converted a 21-yard field goal.  He also had a Lake Erie record 66-yard punt.

The Lakers struck first on their first drive with a long touchdown pass.  They increased the lead to 14-0 before the Storm got on the board.  Hokavar found Anthony Kukwa (Perry, Ohio/Perry/Ball State) for an 11-yard touchdown pass.  The Storm elected to go for two but came up short. 

After a touchdown run by the Lakers, Hokovar found Van Fleteren down the sideline for a 57-yard touchdown reception, his first of the season.  Muzic converted the extra point to bring the score within seven. 

On the Storm's next drive, Muzic converted a 21-yard field goal to bring the game within four.  The Lakers responded with a pair of touchdown to move ahead 34-16.  Late in the half, Bilal found the end zone on a seven-yard run, cutting the lead to 24-23 at the half. 

The Lakers controlled the pace of the second half, scoring 31 unanswered to seal the win.

The Storm is back in action next week for a non-conference match with Urbana University.

-LEC-