Resur­gent Pan­thers fight­ing for GLC ti­tle

Lorain drops Lake Erie League con­test to Maple Heights to fall to 4-4 on the sea­son

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Marissa McNees mm­c­nees@morn­ingjour­ @Maris­saNM on Twit­ter

There are two games left on the sched­ule, but Lorain ef­fec­tively saw its sea­son end Oct. 11 when the Ti­tans lost, 44-38, to Lake Erie League foe Maple Heights in a game that came down to the fi­nal min­utes.

The Ti­tans trailed, 44-31, with less than two min­utes to play in reg­u­la­tion when a botched Maple Heights punt set up a Lorain first down in­side the Mus­tangs’ 20 yard line. As its done all sea­son, Lorain then turned to its run game and Tyshawn Lighty broke free for a 17yard touch­down to keep the Ti­tans within reach at 44-38.

Lorain couldn’t field the on­side kick, how­ever, and Maple Heights took over on downs with 1:18 to play and the win se­cured.

It’s the first time the Mus­tangs have beat Lorain since 2014 when they won, 35-34.

Maple Heights quar­ter­back Devin Dial shred­ded the Lorain sec­ondary all night.

The 5-foot-8, 160-pound se­nior com­pleted 19 of 26 passes for a stag­ger­ing 397 yards and four touch­downs to three re­ceivers, in­clud­ing a pair to se­nior De’Von Fox.

Fox had four catches for 119 yards and two touch­downs, Dante Abrams had four catches for 101 yards and a touch­down and Bernard Bates added seven catches for a team-high 184 yards and a touch­down.

But Lorain wasn’t com­pletely out-played by the un­de­feated Mus­tangs.

Run­ning back Daylin Dower had an­other big game af­ter sit­ting out last week with turf toe. The ju­nior to­taled 127

yards and a touch­down on 20 car­ries while Cairo Smith and Jor­dan Jack­son each added touch­down runs.

Jack­son was 8-for-16 for 106 yards, in­clud­ing a 53yard touch­down pass to Lighty, but threw a cru­cial in­ter­cep­tion with two min­utes to play till half­time that led to a touch­down by Manny Ram­sey, his sec­ond of the night, to put Maple Heights up, 2418, at the half.

The Ti­tans fall to 4-4 on the sea­son (1-2 LEL) and re­turn home for their fi­nal two games against Bed­ford (Oct. 19) and Shaw (Oct. 26).


Lorain’s Savon Chavis (32) leads the way for quar­ter­back Jor­dan Jack­son against Maple Heights on Oct. 11.


Lorain’s Cairo Smith runs to the out­side to get around Maple Heights’ Em­manuel Ram­sey on Oct. 11.

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