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It's an old saw, but one of the ancient adages of football is that the difference between winning and losing comes down to one play, one caught pass, one first down made or denied.
In football specifically, no matter what the score, no matter when it happens - the opening kickoff, two minutes to halftime, or with the final seconds ticking off the clock - "that moment" can come anytime. Frequently, it's a moment you don't even know is important even when you're watching it.
On Saturday, that time came on a critical 4th down-and-half-a-yard conversion opportunity for the Tigers in the first half, deep in Lehigh territory, which was resoundingly stuffed by senior DT Sajjad Chagani, and the Mountain Hawks took over on downs.
It didn't feel like the play of the game at the time - Lehigh up 7-0, with more than a half of football to go. But after Lehigh cruised to a 17-0 lead, and Princeton held firm in the second half and cut the deficit to 17-14, that stop, you could argue, was the difference in this game between a Mountain Hawk win and and Mountain Hawk defeat.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
So how, exactly, do you preview a team with so many unknowns at key positions? So many potential changes in offense, defense, and special teams? The answer is you have to dig in and do your research, which I've done.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Remember Week 1?
There is no better feeling as a football fan, coach, or player. After a long, long offseason for the players and coaches, there is finally the opportunity to show the world of what stuff you're made. And for the fans, the thirst for football can finally be quenched after nine months without drink.
For Lehigh, that time has come. Week 1 came with a victory over Monmouth, and the Mountain Hawk offense and defense has been unveiled.
For Princeton, their unveiling is this Saturday - and it's that energy, and that unpredictability, that makes them "scary", as head coach Andy Coen put it, this week at Murray Goodman Stadium.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Below the flip, find my choices for Players of the Week, and a list of the recaps of the game from around the internet.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Of those twenty-one, only eleven teams can claim that they've beat two Division I teams - and one of those teams are our Lehigh Mountain Hawks.
As a result, you'd think Lehigh fans would be in "Nirvana" now after achieving exactly what they should have done in their last two games - namely, register wins against Monmouth and Central Connecticut State.
But you'd be wrong.
Why is it that some Lehigh fans' instincts are to be just as annoying as Brazilian soccer fans? Why is 2-0 - to some fans - not "Nirvana"?