The Lakeshore Lancers won their first game of the season last Friday night in Niles, and the St. Joe Bears had shutout their last two opponents while scoring 37 points. Entering the War by the Shore, both sides knew that that key plays would define this game, and Lakeshore’s defense took final control in OT providing Wojahn the chance to walkoff for the Lancer victory. The final score from Al Stockman Stadium: Bears 10 Lancers 13.
The Lakeshore offense spent the majority of the first half in St. Joe Bear territory while the Lancer defense kept the Bears from crossing midfield until late in the half. The offense provided the 3-0 lead heading into halftime after Kyle Wojahn’s first 27 yard kick. The Bears took a 10-3 lead after the Bears defense pinned Lakeshore deep, but the Lancer offense chugged a long scoring drive to tie the game 10-10 on Jake Trevedi’s touchdown pass to Treyjen Keim.
The teams would both trade possessions for most of the 4th quarter, but Treyjen Keim’s interception gave the Lancers a chance to win in regulation. Wojahn’s kick fell just short, and the teams entered overtime which saw the Lancer defense push the Bears backwards forcing a long kick attempt. After sailing wide left, Coach Bryan Keim sent Wojahn on the field for the win.
Lakeshore was led on the ground by Zeke Rohl for 54 yards rushing. Trevedi completed 5 of 7 passing for 37 yards and the touchdown. Grant Rudell led receivers with 17 yards on two catches and Keim had 13 yards. Lakeshore’s defense held St. Joe to a net 49 yards of offense. Keim, Nick Hardy, Dylan Clem, Bret Gerlach, Evin Koeppe all had tackles for a loss. Keim, Mason Murphy, Hardy, and Dustin Crowder led the team in tackles. Lakeshore won the turnover battle with just one while the Bears threw two interceptions.