Coming off a loss to rival Ohio Dominican, the Oilers travel to Painesville to take on the winless Storm in a G-MAC contest slated to begin at noon on Saturday, Sep. 29.
The Oilers and Storm have met six times in their brief history and Findlay has been victorious in five of those meetings ('11, '12, '13, '16, '17).
Coach Keys has never lost to the Storm in five tries.
Against Lake Erie, the Oilers average 48.3 points per game, including 63 and 58 points in their last two matchups, respectively.
Last year's 63-3 blowout was the biggest point differential in the series' history.
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Head Coach Rob Keys
Head coach Rob Keys is in his eighth season at the helm of the Oilers football program in 2018. He has recorded a 50-32 record with the program as a head coach, which includes a 37-28 mark in conference games. He has coached Findlay to winning records in six of his seven seasons including last season when he lead the Oilers to their first ever NCAA Division II Playoffs.
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Findlay Oilers (2-2, 1-1 G-MAC)
Still alive in the G-MAC Championship hunt, the Oilers are looking to get back on the winning track in Painesville this Saturday after a tough defeat at home against Ohio Dominican. Findlay has started the season 2-2 three times under Rob Keys and each of those seasons ended with a winning record (6-5 in '11, 8-3 in '13, 6-5 in '16).
Ranked 14th in the country and leading the G-MAC, the Oilers rushing attack has been the staple through four games this season as they are picking up 258 yards per game on the ground. Leading that attack has been junior Richard Wilson who has two 100+ yard games this season including a season-best 159-yard performance last week against Ohio Dominican. His 6.7 yards per carry are second-best in the conference and ranked 23rd in the country while his five rushing touchdowns lead the G-MAC and rank 19th in the nation.
Aside from a stellar rushing attack, Findlay still has the arm of senior Rhys Gervais in the backfield as well. Gervais is just 399 yards away from becoming the first-ever Findlay quarterback with 10,000 passing yards in a career. At 9,601 yards, the Puyallup, Wash. native ranks third in the nation among active DII quarterbacks in passing yards.
Lake Erie Storm (0-4, 0-2 G-MAC)
There may not be a more success-starved football program in the country as the Storm of Lake Erie. In the last ten years, LEC has won just 31 games and has only had one winning season, a 7-4 campaign in 2009-19. Since 2015, the Green and White have won just four games which includes the 2016 season in which the team finished 0-11.
Gerald Hazzard's team was picked eighth out of nine teams in the league's preseason coaches poll and thus far, is living up to the billing. Through four games, the Storm have only kept an opponent under 40 points once, have been outscored 179 to 38, and post the worst offensive and defensive numbers in the G-MAC.
Out of 167 DII teams in the country, Lake Erie's total offense, rushing offense, scoring offense, total defense, passing yards allowed per game, scoring defense, and first down offense are a sprinkling of stats that rank in the bottom ten.
It has been tough sledding for second team all-G-MAC running back Antwan Harris in the backfield for the Storm as he has rushed for just 84 yards this season in four games played, last in the league among starting tailbacks. Last season he tallied 517 yards on 114 carries.
The Storm's playmaker appears to be at quarterback as Javarian Smith has the second-most completions in the league this year at 74 and has attempted a league-best 130 passes. His 769 passing yards are fourth in the G-MAC this season but his four touchdown passes are tied for last.