PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College football team fell to third-ranked Ferris State University Saturday (Oct. 31), 70-19, in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action.
John Banyasz (Columbia Station, Ohio/Columbia) completed 17 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 15 yards and a touchdown.
Mitchel Tilley (Oxford, Mich./Oxford) was Banyasz's top target, hauling in six passes for 75 yards. Shane Van Fleteren (Shelby, Mich./Utica) caught five passes for 68 yards. Tyler Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) had 32 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Isaiah Wheeler (Copley, Ohio/Copley/Stark State) led the Storm defense with 10 tackles, 1.5 for loss. Christian Cole (Waldorf, Md./McDonough) added eight tackles while Zack Jude (Canal Winchester, Ohio/Bloom Carroll) had six. Tony Andrews (South Euclid, Ohio/Charles F. Brush) had an interception return for 37 yards.
Austin Baker (Clyde, Ohio/Clyde) averaged 43.3 yards per punt with a long of 57.
The Storm offense totaled 350 yards with 22 first downs.
Ferris State scored the first two touchdowns before the Storm got on the board. After big catches by Van Fleteren and Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South, Banyasz punched it in from 12-yards out. However, they failed to convert the two-point conversion.
The Bulldogs offense came alive in the second quarter, scoring 35 unanswered points to take a 49-6 lead into the half.
The Storm struck first in the second half. On a fourth-and-four from the 28-yard line, Bayasz found Tyler Lindgren for the touchdown pass. After the Bulldogs answered with a rushing touchdown, the Storm put together a solid drive. After Tilley and Jonathan Bell (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) picked up big gains off Banyasz passes, Bilal punched it in from two yards out. Once again, the Bulldogs provided an answer in the form of a touchdown pass.
The Bulldogs added one more touchdown late in the fourth to wrap up the game.
The Storm is on the road for the final time in 2015 next week against Wayne State University.