LORAIN — Justin Sturgill went out in style on Senior Night.
The Lorain quarterback was 13-of-20 passing for 184 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown in his final regular-season home game to lead the Titans to a
48-19 win over Maple Heights at George Daniel Field in Lake Erie League play.
“If I don’t have my line and the players that can help me out, I’m nobody,” Sturgill said. “I wouldn’t be as good as I am now without them or as great as people say I am.”
Sturgill’s all-around offensive effort propelled the Titans. He made plays that moved the chains, and when he needed to run, he had great blocking by his big offensive line.
“It was a slow momentum from the start,” Sturgill said. “We knew from the start, it was going to be a dogfight.”
The defense for Lorain (7-1, 3-0) stepped up as well in the first quarter. Maple Heights fumbled in back-to-back possessions, and the first was recovered by linebacker Isaiah McDowell, who returned it
5 yards for a 6-0 Titans lead.
“We tried to play relentless defense and get after people,” coach Dave McFarland said. “I don’t know if we came out prepared — that’s probably on me — but once we got going, we’re a really good team.”
On the next series, the Mustangs botched a snap that was recovered by defensive tackle Antonio Wyatt.
“When I picked up the fumble I knew I couldn’t score, but I was excited to pick up the fumble,” he said.
In the second quarter, Sturgill scored his first touchdown on a 1-yard draw to make it 13-0.
Midway through the second quarter, Tyshawn Lighty scored two touchdowns for the Titans. He first was a 10-yard pass from Sturgill, then he returned an interception 47 yards for a 27-0 advantage.
“The coaches always tell me to stay back,” Lighty said. “They told me to move to whatever side the quarterback is moving. I see him moving out to his left, so I moved left and he threw the ball straight to me.”
Lighty had two interceptions.
Maple Heights (3-5, 1-2) got on the scoreboard with less than a minute left in the half on a Bernard Bates 14-yard touchdown catch from Devin Dail.
Sturgill threw his final two touchdowns to top target Davion Dower, a 47-yarder with two broken tackles and a 10-yard slant. Dower led all receivers with five catches and 87 yards.
Zion Cross joined the touchdown party, as he returned a kickoff 93 yards late in the fourth quarter.
“I supposed this was a trap game with Bedford coming up next week for the LEL title,” McFarland said. “Our thing is to teach every day, keep getting better and work on the little things.”
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