11.2.13 FOOTBALL: Tropical Storm Lake Erie Halts Cavs

Football, 2013-11-02

(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) Walsh (3-6, 3-5) surrendered a record 63 points in a 63-41 loss at Lake Erie College (3-6, 2-5) in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game today. The Cavs are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Glenville State University for a 1 pm kickoff. The game will be broadcast live on WNPQ FM, 95.9.

The Storm surged out of the gate scoring 21 first quarter points and leading 21-3 after one period. Lake Erie quarterback Brendan Gallagher connected on his first 13 passes in leading the charge.

Just 1:45 into the second quarter the Storm added two more scores to lead 35-3, and appeared to be headed for a rout when the Cavs came to life. Walsh would score 24 points in the final 6:57 of the first half to trim the lead to 35-27 at intermission.

Krishawn Hogan (Fr., Indianapolis, IN/Warren Central) got the Cavs rolling as he caught at Jason Fracassa (Sr., Sterling Hts., MI/Utica Stevenson/Northwood) pass and raced 86 yards to pay-dirt for Walsh's first touchdown. After a Storm turnover, Michael Dudics (Jr., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa) kicked his second field goal of the game, and Walsh trailed 35-13 with 5:38 left in the half.

After a Lake Erie three and out, Aaron Male (R-Fr., Akron, OH/Ellet) scored on a two-yard run to complete a nine play, 60-yard drive, and Walsh trailed 35-20 with 1:35 left in the half. 

Lake Erie opted for more points in the final moments of the half, but plan backfired when Jamone Chester fumbled at the Cavs' 25-yard line and Jamaris Brown (Jr., Fort Myers, FL/Lehigh) returned it 53 yards to the Storm 22-yard line.  Male then made a sensational run after catching a Fracassa pass and scored with seven seconds left in the half to cut the lead to 35-27 after the PAT.

Walsh took the second half kick and marched to the Lake Erie 10-yard line when disaster struck. While fighting for extra yardage Male fumbled and the Storm recovered.

Five plays later Gallagher connected with Tommy Jackson for a 59-yard TD pass to give the Storm a two score, and the momentum back.

Lake Erie would tack-on 28 third quarter points, and would never relinquish the two score lead.

Walsh scored when Darryl Gary (Jr., Fort Myers, FL/South Ft. Myers) caught a 35-yard TD pass from Fracassa, and when Matt Matuska (R-Fr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) set a Walsh record with a 100-yard kick return. Matuska shattered the mark set by Rob Lash in 2005 when he turned the trick twice.

Fracassa set a new single game passing mark of 387 yards, breaking the mark of 309 set by Paul Kempe (Jr., Girard, OH/Ursuline) this season against Northwood University in game two.

Walsh allowed a record 771 yards, breaking the record set by the University of Saint Francis in 2004. The 63 points scored by the Storm shattered the point outburst of 56 scored by Ohio Dominican University in 2007.

Male finished the day with 82 yards rushing and 104 yards receiving on seven catches. Hogan had five catches for 115 yards. Fracassa was 25-51.