PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College football pushed late but fell to Urbana University 33-30 in a nonconference game Saturday (Oct. 10) in Painesville.
John Banyasz (Columbia Station, Ohio/Columbia) completed 21 passes for 217 yards. He also added 109 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Anthony Kukwa (Perry, Ohio/Perry/Ball State) was his top target, catching three passes for 72 yards. Shane Van Fleteren (Shelby, Mich./Utica) caught three passes for 39 yards.
Anthony Bilal (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) ran 31 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
Nick Szabados (Middletown, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) led the Storm with 13 tackles (eight solo). Nick Iapaolo (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) and Maurice Hale (Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft) had eight stops apiece. Alec Heldreth (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) had two sacks.
The Storm struck first on their first on their first possession, taking a three-point lead off a 22-yard field goal by Michael Muzic (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor). On Urbana's first possession, they went for it on fourth down in Storm territory, but Heldreth sacked the quarterback for the turnover on downs.
Late in the first quarter, Tony Andrews (South Euclid, Ohio/Charles F. Brush) returned a punt 63-yards to the Urbana two yard line. Bilal punched it in, giving the Storm a 9-0 lead.
Urbana got on the board early in the second quarter off a two-yard quarterback rush. The Storm answered the Blue Knight touchdown with a 14-yard run by Banyasz to give the Storm a 16-7 lead.
Late in the half, Urbana brought the game within two with a 24-yard touchdown pass.
The Blue Knights took the lead midway through the third with an eight-yard touchdown pass. Bilal provided the answer for the Storm with a four-yard touchdown run. Muzic converted the extra point to give the Storm a 23-21 lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Blue Knights regained the lead with a pair of rushing touchdowns.
The Storm made a push late in the fourth trailing by 10. With under a minute to play, Banyasz scored his second touchdown of the day, this time from 12-yards out. The Storm went for an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff but was unable to recover as Urbana wore out the clock.
The Storm is back in action next weekend at Saginaw Valley State University.