10.27.12 FOOTBALL: Storm Rallies for OT Win

Football, 2012-10-27

(Canton, OH) Lake Erie (3-6, 3-5) denied Walsh Head Coach Jim Dennison his 200th career collegiate win, by defeating the Cavs in overtime 27-20. The loss drops the Cavs to 3-6 overall and to 2-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.  The Cavs are on the road at Notre Dame College (Brush HS) next Saturday at 1 pm.

Walsh scored just 17 seconds into the game when Toba Olarewaju (5-10, Sr., Youngstown, OH/Christian) raced 66 yards on the first play from scrimmage to give Walsh the early early. Olarewaju missed last week’s game with a broken hand and played with a cast.

Lake Erie regrouped and scored ten straight points to lead 10-7 after one quarter.  Sam Marcotte kicked a 50-yard field goal and Anthony Elias scored on a 14-yard run.

The teams traded scores in the second quarter and the Storm led 17-14 at the half.  Walsh took a 14-10 lead when Andrew Roy (6-4, Jr., Tallmadge, OH/HS) recovered a Lake Erie fumble and scored from 13 yards out.  Lake Erie answered with 1:23 left in the half when Tommy Jackson caught a three-yard TD pass from Brendan Gallagher.

Walsh put the only score of the third quarter on the board when Jack Dawson (6-2, Sr., Columbiana, OH/South Range) scored on a five-yard bootleg.  Walsh’s extra point was blocked and they took a 20-17 lead into the fourth quarter.  The blocked PAT would prove costly. 

Lake Erie tied the game at 20-20 with 7:47 to play in the fourth quarter on Marcotte’s 20-yard field goal. 

Walsh then put together its best drive of the night in an attempt to win the game in regulation.  Starting on their 28-yard line, Walsh would drive all the way to the six-yard line with less than two minutes to play.  After the Cavs were unable to reach pay-dirt, Tim Carter (6-0, So., Columbus, OH/Bishop Watterson) second field goal attempt failed to split the uprights, going wide right.

Lake Erie went three and out and Walsh advanced to the Lake Erie 42-yard line before Dawson was sacked sending the game to overtime.

Lake Erie reached the end zone in four plays in the overtime, keyed by a 20-yard pass from Gallagher to Tommy Jackson to the Walsh three-yard line. Elias then scored from two yards out to give the Storm the lead.

After a one-yard loss on first down, Dawson threw three incomplete passes, the last to Anthony Schrock (6-3, So., Wadsworth, OH/HS/Akron) in the end zone on fourth down.

Olarewaju rushed for 127 yards on 17 carries.  Steve Smith (5-10, Jr., Norton, OH/HS) came off the bench in the second half and gained 141 yards on 17 carries, one for 77 yards.  Dawson was 10-19 for 121 yards.

Sir Taylor led the defense with 15 tackles (Sr., 6-1, Albany, NY/Lincoln Hall/YSU).  Chad Phillis (6-1, Fr., Monaca, PA/Central Valley) had three sacks.