Although Hillsdale College experienced its single most productive effort ever on offense today, it was the defense whose big play set the Chargers up for a 48-41 victory at Lake Erie College.
Tied at 41, Lake Erie’s Anthony Bilal appeared to be on another breakaway run when Hillsdale’s Zach Hill stripped him from behind to set up the Chargers at the Storm’s 28 with under two minutes to play.
Bennett Lewis would score from 3 yards out with 23 seconds left to play to put Hillsdale up for good at 48-41.
Zach Swaffer would add the exclamation mark for Hillsdale with a sack of Lake Erie’s Mitchell Hokavar as time expired.
The win is Hillsdale’s first of the season and first in the GLIAC. The Chargers are 1-1.
Charger Sophomore quarterback tied the single-game passing record with 426 yards. Mark Nicolet threw for the same yardage in a memorable 2007 Homecoming rout of Ashland. Laprairie’s favorite target was John Haley who set a new single-game receiving mark with 8 catches for 268 yards.
Laprairie would throw three touchdown passes and run for another. Haley would catch two of those. Lewis would finish his day with 183 yards and two touchdowns on 41 carries.
Hillsdale ran 91 offensive plays for 611 yards. The Chargers host Northern Michigan in their home opener next Saturday at 1:00