DETROIT, Mich.—The Lake Erie College football team dropped a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road contest Saturday (Sept. 17) against Wayne State University, 50-7.
The Warriors controlled the tempo in the opening half, outscoring the Storm 47-0.
Javarian Smith (Pontiac, Mich./Oakland Christian) took over under center in the second half. He led the Storm to their first scoring drive of the evening in the third quarter. After two defensive stops to open the second half, the Storm took over near midfield. Forty-four rushing yards from Smith put the Storm inside the Wayne State five yard line. LunDerek Craig (Stockbridge, Ga./Eagles Landing) punched it in from two yards out to finish the drive. Austin Baker (Clyde, Ohio/Clyde) converted the extra point.
The Warriors tacked on a field goal in the fourth while keeping the Storm out of the endzone.
Smith ended the game with 128 rushing yards on 14 attempts, including a long of 42 yards. John Banyasz (Columbia Station, Ohio/Columbia Station) rushed for 36 yards on eight attempts. He also passed for 67 yards.
The Storm offense produced 16 first downs (five passing, nine rushing, two via penalty). In all, they totaled 280 yards of total offense, with 173 yards coming in the run game.
Maurice Hale (Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft) led the Storm defense with nine tackles, including six solo stops. He also broke up a pass. Eric Owens (Chicago, Ill./Leo Catholic) had seven stops while Tony Andrews (South Euclid, Ohio/Charles F. Brush) had five stops and a breakup.
Michael Muzic (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) averaged 43.4 yards per punt, including two placed inside the 20.
The Storm is back at home Saturday (Sept. 24) against the University of Findlay.