ELYRIA — In a span of just 63 seconds, Lorain High put away any upset notion Elyria may have had Saturday afternoon at the new Ely Stadium.
The Titans put a pair of touchdowns on the board late in the first half and coasted to a 40-7 win over their biggest county rival. A steady rainfall probably kept the crowd down.
“We’ve got a young team,” Lorain coach Dave McFarland said. “I thought (Elyria) had a nice defensive front — they brought everybody up. Jordan (Jackson) struggled throwing it a little bit at the beginning. They’ve got 10 guys up in the box and we’re trying to block it.
“But we do have some nice skill guys and they were able to make some plays.”
That’s an understatement. With a rock-solid defense that held the Pioneers to just 20 first-half yards (eight passing, 12 rushing), it was just a matter of time before the Titans were able to take control.
Lorain rang up 473 total yards of offense to just 115 for Elyria.
“We came in here with a game plan and we just executed it,” said junior tailback Daylin Dower, who finished with 240 yards on just 19 carries, including a 67-yard touchdown to close out the scoring. “You can’t just give it to me because we have too many athletes. You can’t just worry about the backs, you have to worry about our receivers. We have an athlete at quarterback — we can do it all.”
Junior quarterback Jackson’s 10-yard run got Lorain on the board with 6:46 left in the first quarter and Tyshawn Lighty added a second score when he pounced on Jackson’s fumble in the end zone with 7:35 left in the half.
The Titans then made the most of the final 99 seconds of the half, scoring twice in the blink of an eye and leaving Elyria to ponder its fate during intermission.
The Titans drove 76 yards in just four plays for the first score, then were set up again thanks to a Devonte Jackson interception.
The Titans scored on the next play after the pick on a perfectly thrown pass from Jordan Jackson to Zach Evans for a 43-yard backbreaker and a 26-0 lead with 36 seconds left in the half. Jackson finished with 95 passing yards — all in the first half.
Lighty started the first drive with an 11-yard reverse and then caught a pass down the sideline for 35 more to the Elyria 37. Dower ran for 23 and Savon Chavis scored on a 7-yard run.
“Defense kept us in it the whole first half,” Elyria coach Sean Arno said. “We just couldn’t get anything going offensively. That was a problem. Absolutely those scores at the end of the half hurt. We were right there. We just can’t turn the ball over.”
It quickly turned into a running clock to start the second half as Lighty returned the kick from his own 25 to Elyria’s 15. Chavis bulled his way in from there for a 33-0 lead with 11:43 still to play in the third quarter.
The teams exchanged scores to finish the game. Adaveon Drummer’s 67-yard TD run kept the Pioneers from being shut out for the second game in a row, something that hasn’t happened since 1983.
“We need to stick together,” said senior Noah France, who had a good game on defense for the Pioneers. “We need to always play hard and stay up.”
** Since the new Lorain High opened, the Titans lead the series 3-2 but if the old Lorain High is included the series 56-45-4 in favor of Lorain. Elyria won 22-6 in the first meeting in 1894. There was a 20-year gap in the series after the old Lorain High closed its doors in 1995.
Lorain 40, Elyria 7
Lorain 6 20 7 7 — 40
Elyria 0 0 0 7 — 7
L—Jordan Jackson 10 run (kick failed)
L—Tyshawn Lighty recovered Jackson’s fumble in end zone (pass failed)
L—Savon Chavis 7 run (Jackson run)
L—Zach Evans 43 pass from Jackson (pass failed)
L—Chavis 15 run (Marc Rodriguez kick)
E—Adaveon Drummer 11 run (Malik Holt kick)
L—Daylin Dower 67 run (Rodriguez kick)
First downs 21 8
— by rushing 18 6
— by passing 3 1
— by penalty 0 1
Yards rushing 378 91
Yards passing 95 24
Total offense 473 115
Passes att./comp. 14/5 14/4
Intercepted by 1 0
Fumbles/lost 3/1 2/1
Penalties/yards 7/61 0/0
RUSHING—(L) Daylin Dower 19-240, Savon Chavis 9-54, Tyshawn Lighty 3-38, Anthony Harley 3-19, Mike Smith 2-15, Jordan Jackson 6-12. (E) Adaveon Drummer
12-78, Jaheim Atkinson 11-25, Aaron Frost 1-(-1), Jermele Nolan 8-(-11).
PASSING—(L) Jackson 5-14-95-1-0. (E) Nolen 4-14-24-0-1.
RECEIVING—(L) Zach Evans 3-56, Lighty
1-35, Cario Edwards 1-4. (E) Drummer 3-14, Frost 1-10.