Photo by Todd Thoenen
(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – A rushing barrage helped Walsh get back in the win column with a 31-7 defeat of Lake Erie at Jack Britt Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers (3-7, 3-3) ran for 355 yards and four touchdowns in their first-ever victory over the Storm (2-7, 2-4).
The win puts Walsh in position to finish the season with a winning conference record should the Cavs defeat Malone next weekend.
Antwand Wilson provided the first on the game's opening drive from a yard out to cap a 15-play, 77-yard drive. After Lake Erie answered with a 38-yard touchdown run by Desmon Turner, Walsh chewed up even more clock on another lengthy 15-play drive. This time Gordon carried it in from 6-yards out on a drive that went 9:07.
After forcing a punt, Dontrez Johnson scored from 1-yard out. Once again, Walsh took a good chunk of the clock away on a drive that took 7:06 and left just 23 seconds on the clock until halftime as Walsh led 21-7.
The Cavs then went 4-for-4 on touchdown drives with their first possession in the second half. Gordon scored his second of the day on a 15-yard scamper with 10:37 to go in the third. He finished the day with 170 yards on 26 carries for an average of 6.5 yards per carry.
The final points of the game came from Kasey Tingler who booted a conference-best 49-yard field goal with 3:49 to go in the third. He now has the three longest field goals in the conference this season.
Koby Adu-Poku also had an impressive game on the ground as he too went over the century mark. He finished with 105 yards on 25 carries.
The defense had its best game of the season limiting the Storm to 141 yards. It's the fewest yards allowed by the Cavs this season, and second fewest Lake Erie has gained this season.
The Cavaliers now set their sights on rival Malone in the season finale. They will square off with the Pioneers at Tom Benson Stadium next Saturday with Walsh being the visiting team. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.