DETROIT, Mich.— The Lake Erie College football team fell in a shootout at Wayne State University, 56-54, Saturday (Nov. 7) in Detroit.
Anthony Bilal (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) led the Storm with 270 yards and 4 touchdowns on 29 carries. The 270 yards ties his career best.
John Banyasz (Columbia Station, Ohio/Columbia) completed 16 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns. His top target was Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South), who caught seven passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) caught five for 48 yards.
The Storm offense totaled 509 yards with 302 coming on the ground.
Defensively, Tony Andrews (South Euclid, Ohio/Charles F. Brush) had three interceptions for the Storm. Isaiah Wheeler (Copley, Ohio/Copley/Stark State) and Maurice Hale (Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft) shared the Storm tackle lead with 14 apiece. 13 of Wheeler's stops were solo.
The Warriors struck first on the opening drive, punching it in from three-yards out to cap off a six play, 67 yard drive.
After the Storm punted, Andrews intercepted his fourth pass of the season. The takeaway set up a 14-yard touchdown run by Bilal to tie the game at seven.
On the Warriors ensuing drive, Andrews intercepted his second pass of the game. Four plays later, Bilal found a hole, rushing 36 yards up the middle for his second touchdown of the game, giving the Storm a 14-7 lead.
After forcing a turnover, the Warriors tied the game with a 25-yard touchdown run. Early in the second, the Warriors scored their third rushing touchdown of the game to take the lead. Late in the opening half, the Warriors scored on a passing play to take a 28-14 lead into the half.
On the Storm's first play of the second half, Bilal took off for a 74-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to seven. After the Storm defense forced a three-and-out, Banyasz found Aaron Lindgren for a 25-yard touchdown pass to tie the game.
After another Storm defensive stop, the Storm started with good field position. On second-and-seven from the 13, Banyasz avoided a sack, scrambled and found Anthony Kukwa (Perry, Ohio/Perry/Ball State) with a shovel pass to give the Storm a 35-28 lead.
Andrews continued to read the passes well as he picked off his third pass of the game. On the following play, Aaron Lindgren found the endzone from 11 yards out to give the Storm a 41-28 lead.
The Warriors answered by scoring 14 straight to take over the lead once again, 42-41.
Bilal continued to be a thorn in the Warriors side, as he scored his fourth touchdown on a 35-yard run, giving the Storm a six point lead.
The shooutout continued, as the Warriors found the end zone once again to gain a 49-48 advantage.
Midway through the fourth, Wayne State scored on a rushing play to extend the lead to eight.
In the final thirty seconds, the Storm completed an 11 play, 84-yard drive with Banyasz finding Aaron Lindgren from five-yards out. However, the Storm failed to convert the two-point conversion.
The Warriors recovered the ensuing onside kick, securing the 56-54 win.
The Storm conclude their 2015 season next week in Painesville against Michigan Tech University.