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