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How three Wolverines helped a hero

By EVERETT COOK
Daily SportsEditor
Russell Bellomy thought a
semi had just driven by his house.
That's how loud the collision was.
Fifth-year senior offensive
tackles Taylor Lewan and Michael
Schofield heard the bang, too.
Upstairs, redshirt sophomore
linemen Jack Miller and Graham
Glasgow were sleeping, and so
were some teammates a few hous-
es down, including redshirt junior
linebacker Jake Ryan.
Schofield had just badly beaten
Bellomy, a redshirt sophomore
quarterback, in a game of NFL
Blitz on the house's Nintendo 64.
Lewan and Schofield remember it
as Super Smash Bros., but Bellomy
is positive it was NFL Blitz.
Outside, last Wednesday, it
looked like the beginnings of a
tornado, when the sky turns green
and the wind begins to whip and
there's a hint of impending fury.
There was smoke bellowing out
from somewhere down the street,
so Lewan and Schofield sprinted
over.
. Bellomy is out for the season
with a torn anterior cruciate liga-
ment. He didn't sprint to the crash.
The three Wolverines stopped
when they found the source of the
smoke: a car that plowed into the
porch of a house in between theirs
and Ryan's.
The car, going southbound on
South State Street, had hit a fire
hydrant next to Al Glick Field
House - where the football team
practices - before careening
across two lanes of traffic and hit-
ting a guard wire, the kind that
stabilizes power lines. The porch
finally stopped the uncontrolled
vehicle, and that's where Lewan,
Schofield and Bellomy stepped in.
Lewan and Schofield remember
pulling the driver out of the car .
and putting him on the ground,
where he regained consciousness.
The group later found out that
that the driver - whose name isn't
available due to privacy laws -is
diabetic. He was low on blood
sugar and had an uncontrollable
coughing attack, which led to a
rising heart rate, which led to a
blackout and complete loss of con-

The car which crashed into a porch on South State Street on Oct. 25. Three Michigan football players pulled the driver from the car and to safety.

up. The lawn lit on fire, as did the
sidewalk. Not a huge, raging fire,
but a fire nonetheless. The burn
scars are still there, on the same
sidewalk the Michigan players use
to walk to practice every day.
It was Lewan, the tattooed,
6-foot-8, 315-pound All-American
tackle, who helped to calm the
driver down until the ambulance
arrived about 10 minutes after the
players reached the scene.
"You know how Taylor is," Bel-
lomy said. "He can talk to anyone."
In a Daily article last week,
DTE Energy spokeswoman Randi
Berris said that the crew checked
the broken gas meter, but that the
gas line in the house wasn't acti-
U HRA/ayvated.
PoUr. SuERMys/trely If it was, there could have been
an explosion. Big enough to hit
other houses, or bystanders or
even Bellomy, Lewan and Scho-
field? Who knows.
Power went out for more than
400 people, but the effects were
pretty localized.
The field hockey team was in
a meeting when the power went
out, so they went on a run and
saw the crash. Further down State
Street at Yost Ice Arena, the power
stayed on for the hockey team's
practice.
"I was talking with my family
and girlfriend about it," Bellomy
said. "Every three seconds, they
think of a new situation where
things could have gone worse."
The football players will get the
headlines, even though Bellomy
FILE PHIOTO/Daly said multiple times that he doesn't
rnt any credit. want credit for this. The unnamed
him to eat the man in red is who we should be
ny smelled gas. thanking, he says.
on, and the key When it all boils down, there
e ignition before are two circles of people in this
ut. Still, Bellomy situation - those who help, and
those who don't. The anonymous
umped to mov- man in the Red Sox jersey was in
xplosions. So, he the first group, but any other ran-
er the armpit of dom person walking down the
he Red Sox fan street that day could have been in
her. They moved the second.
r to where Ryan The circle of those who don't
her Wolverines help dwindles, though, wwith the
uaced him on the involvement of three Michigan
football players that dropped
he wires from everything, even their Nintendo
le went haywire controllers, to help someone they
ormer box blew had never met.

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Redshirt sophomore quarterback Russell Bellomy doesnrt wa

ADAM GLcANZMAN/Daly
Fifth-year senior tackle Taylor Lewan helped un-jam a key stuck in the inginition.
trol of the car. was fortunate how it worked out,
The driver, though, remembers but it could have been a lot worse."
coughing, and then waking up on In the background, the first
the lawn, according to Bellomy. man on the scene was instructing
Nothing in between. the burly offensive lineman. He's
"I really don't know how the a military veteran with more than
driver managed to miss all those 15 years in the service and is now
trees, or the house next door an athletic trainer.
full of our teammates or some- Bellomy can remember the face
one walking down the side of the of the man instructing them vivid-
street," Bellomy said in a phone ly, and that he was wearing a Bos-
interview with the Daily on Mon- ton Red Sox jersey and hat. This
day. "He hit a transformer on the was on the same day as Game 1 of
power pole that was right on the the World Series. The man was on
corner of State and Granger, the his way to see a friend and prob-
transformer blew on that. That ably watch the game, driving the
pole could have fallen down ... I opposite way of the crash victim.
don't know. I don't want to say it But Bellomy never got his

name. No one did. Everything
was movingctoo quickly. It was the
last thing they were all thinking
about.
So next to Lewan and Schofield
and Bellomy was this unnamed
Red Sox fan, who said he spent
more than 15 years in the military,
forming a circle of help. When the
driver regained consciousness,
he told, the group that he always
keeps a chocolate bar in his trunk,
which the military veteran then
retrieved.
"He took over and knev exactly
what to do," Schofield said. "We
were just there for assistance, I
guess. It was pretty nuts though."

After getting
chocolate, Bellon
The car was still
was jammed in th
Lewan pried it or
smelled gas.
His thoughts j
ies. Gas means e)
put his arm und(
the driver, and t
went under the ot
around the corne
and several otl
live, and again pl
ground.
Soon after, t
the electrical po]
when the transf

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By ALEXA DETTELBACH
Daily Sports Writer
The 2014 Michigan football
recruiting class is ranked sixth
in the nation by ESPN. This is the
first installment of the Recruiting
Rundown where the Daily looks
at the weekly performances of the
2014 recruits. Here's a look at how
some of these future Wolverines
fared this past weekend in their
high-school games:
Jabrill Peppers, defensive back:
Paramus Catholic (N.J.) at Saint
Joseph Regional (N.J.) Rankingr
ESPN (2) Scout (4)
Peppers recorded eight tack-
les in his school's second straight
loss.
Drake Harris, running back:
Grand Rapids Christian (Mich.) at
Caledonia (Mich.)Ranking:ESPN
(72) Scout (32)
Harris continues to sit out with
a hamstring injury.
Bryan Mone, defensive tackle:
Highland (Utah) at Bountiful
(Utah) Ranking: ESPN (76) Scout
(90)
Mone finished the regular sea-
son Friday with 41 tackles and 1.5
sacks.
Lawrence Marshall, defen-
sive end: Southfield (Mich.) at
Clarkston (Mich.) Ranking: ESPN
(112) Scout (106)
Marshall and Southfield head
into the playoffs fielding arguably
the state's best defensive front
four.
Ian Bunting, tight end: Hinsdale
Central (Ill.) vs. Downers Grove
North (Ill.) Rankings: ESPN (118)
Scout (268)
Bunting has been nursing
a shoulder injury the past few
weeks, but his team became play-
off eligible after Friday's 20 -14
win.

Michael Ferns, linebacker/run-
ning back: St. Clairsville (Ohio)
at Buckeye Local (Ohio) Ranking:
ESPN (123) Scout (175)
Clairsville dominiated Buckeye
Local, 53-3, and Ferns finished
with four rushes for 22 yards and
one touchdown.
Wilton Speight, quarterback:
Collegiate School (Va.) vs. Norfolk
Academy (Va.) Ranking: ESPN
(128) Scout (NR)
Speight threw for 348 yards
and three touchdowns while also
rushing for another one to lead his
team to a 28-6 win.
Chase Winovich, linebacker/
running back: Thomas Jefferson
(Pa.) at West Mifflin (Pa,) Rank-
ing: (NR)
Winovich rushed for 246 yards
and four touchdowns in a 35-0
dismantling of previously unde-
feated West Mifflin.
Jared Wangler, linebacker: De
La Salle Collegiate (Mich.) vs.
Detroit Consortium Prep (Mich.)
Ranking: (NR)
Wangler sat out due to injury,
buthis team went onto win,42-20.
Maurice Ways, wide receiver:
Country Day (Mich.) vs. Brighton
(Mich.) Ranking: (NR)
Ways had five receptions for
179 yards - 35.8 yards per catch -
and two touchdowns.
Noah Furbush, linebacker: Ken-
ton (Ohio) at Celina (Ohio) Rank-
ing: (NR)
Furbush leads Kenton in sacks,
and his team has yet to drop a
game this season.
Brady Pallante, defensive tack-
le: Barron Collier (Fla.) at Gulf
Coast (Fla.) Ranking: (NR)
Pallante helped his defense
hold Gulf Coast to three points on
the night.

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