Lake Erie's mistakes costly in 21-6 loss to Walsh
BY TIM SHIRER
The Lake Erie College Storm football team had a chance to do something Saturday afternoon that they had not done since 2014 when they welcomed the Walsh University Cavaliers to Jack Britt Stadium, win two games in a row. Unfortunately, the win streak never materialized as the Cavaliers ran over the Storm 21-6.
Lake Erie drew first blood when Javarian Smith hit Josh Hufstetler from 40 yards for a touchdown with 5:04 left on the 1st quarter clock. The extra point was blocked giving the Storm a 6-0 advantage.
Near the end of the second quarter Koby Adu-Poku ran four yards for the Cavaliers for the TD. The extra point was converted by Chad Mirolo giving the Cavaliers the 7-6 lead with 3:36 left on the clock.
The Cavaliers took control of the game never looking back at the 1:20 mark of the 3rd quarter when Myles Williams blocked a punt off the foot of Lake Erie punter Hamady Diallo and returned it six yards for a TD. Mirolo converted the extra point extending the Walsh lead to 21-6.
Turnovers plagued the Storm throughout the game as they turned the ball over five times, three interceptions by Smith and two fumbles. Four of the five turnovers came in the second half.
Statistically the game was close on the offensive side as the Cavaliers outgained the Storm 330 to 329.
The defense came up big for Walsh forcing the turnovers and sacking Smith twice for seven yards and only allowing the Storm 27 yards rushing on 13 carries. Meanwhile the Cavaliers carried the ball on the ground 65 times for 299 yards.
The 1-4 (1-2 GMAC) Storm will be in action next Saturday at 12:00 p.m. when they travel to Alderson Broaddus to take on the Battlers..
POSTED 10/05/2019 18:58