LORAIN — Lorain’s junior running back Daylin Dower had plenty of motivation heading into Friday night’s game against the Bedford Bearcats, as he wanted his senior teammates to walk off the turf at George Daniel Field with a win in their final home appearance, and he accomplished that mission.
Dower rushed for a game-high 161 yards and four touchdowns on just 13 carries and led the Titans (5-4) to a dominant 39-2 win over the Bearcats (1-8) in Lake Erie League action.
“It felt good because the seniors come in and work hard every day,” Dower said. “I’m just glad to get a win.”
Dower initiated the scoring on the game’s first drive and never stopped running.
On first-and-goal from Bedford’s 10-yard line, Dower took a handoff from quarterback Jordan Jackson, ran a counter right and reversed course to the left before hustling across the goal line for the touchdown. Dower carried three times for 41 yards on Lorain’s opening possession.
And Dower was far from finished finding his way to the end zone.
After earning their fourth consecutive stop of Bedford’s offense, the Titans took over first-and-10 at their own
40-yard line, and the running game did heavy lifting on the ensuing drive.
Dower took an option pitch left for a gain of 12 yards, and then accounted for another two before Tyshawn Lighty faked a double reverse, corralled a pitch while rushing around right end and gained 24 yards, which moved the ball from the Bedford 41-yard line to the 17.
One play later, the Titans had 10 yards between them and the end zone, and once again they went back to Dower on a pitch left. With blockers in front, Dower turned the corner and ran untouched across the goal line for his second score of the night.
“That’s senior tackle Darien Martinez,” Dower said of his successful runs to the left side of the formation against Bedford. “Hats off to him.”
The Titans tacked on a third touchdown before the half when Jackson scrambled out of a heavy rush from the Bearcats on third-and-24 from the Bedford 25-yard line and muscled a throw down the sideline to Lighty for a touchdown.
The Titans scored three more touchdowns in the second half, on 15- and 10-yard rushes from Dower, and another 25-yard connection between Jackson and Lighty.
Along with a solid offensive showing, the Titans got a stout defensive effort and forced five Bedford turnovers.
In addition to the 161 yards and four touchdowns, Dower reached a personal milestone in the victory. On his sixth carry, a 12-yard gain on what turned out to be Lorain’s second scoring drive, he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the 2018 season.