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Press Roundup; Game Balls

This picture, courtesy of the Morning Call, not surprisingly, shows us one of the recipients of this week's game balls.

Junior RB Marques Thompson got 127 all-purpose yards and did everything but get into the end zone. With a 40 yard and 30 yard scamper, he was a huge force in the running game this week. On the same note, I'm also going to give a big game ball to - who else - senior RB Eric "TNT" Rath for his 106 all-purpose yards and 1 TD. No pic of "TNT" this week, but he will get a game ball. Congratulations to all!

On defense, it was tough choosing players in what I considered a very solid team effort on defense. Ultimately, I felt senior FS Kaloma Cardwell and senior LB Matt Purdy deserved the nod with the big stops on 3rd down that spelled doom for the Hoyas offensively. The stat sheet may not reflect it - 12 tackles combined between the two of them - but when the game was on the line, it was them leading the way to a great defensive day. Congratulations!

Special teams game balls are going to be going to two freshmen. One won't be a surprise to regular readers of this blog: freshman P/K John Leo. 3 punts with a 44.3 average - all inside the 20- would probably be more than enough most weeks, but when you add a 43 yard FG, and a 47 yard FG that misses by about a foot - wow. The other freshman you may not have heard of, but I think you will in future years - freshman DB Brendan VanAckeren. The stat sheet says 2 special-teams tackles against Georgetown, but every week he is becoming an enforcer on special teams, including 3 versus Colgate 2 weeks ago. He's a big reason why our special teams unit is the best in the Patriot League. Congratulations!

Not much of a press roundup this week. We get the usual thorough coverage from the Morning Call (who have a very nice site update recently, by the way), but a lack of good coverage from the Hoya or the Washington Post leaves me with a much smaller press list than usual.

Allentown Morning Call:
Lehigh Downs Hoyas, Regains Share Of First
Lembo Won't Let Lehigh Relax Against Fordham

Easton Express-Times:
Thompson Gets His Chance

Brown & White:
Hawks Fly Past Hoyas Into First Place
Lehigh 46, Georgetown 14


Anonymous said…
I would, again, add kudos for the O-Line. 332 yards rushing also comes because of the blocking. Also, the 'great' GU DE's--where were they? At seasons' beginning, the 'big uglies' were the biggest question mark on this team,and IF we take care of business, as I know we can, then I would consider that group's improvement as the key to a successful year.
Anonymous said…

The Offense runs for 332, shuts down Ononibaku,a 1-AA 1st Team All-American, does the same to Buzbee and the O-line doesn't get a game ball? I don't care how many tackles Ono had. Most of them were from persuit, chasing the play. Same with the Buzbee. Those 2 could have taken over the game and caused a very long day for Sedale.
fxrer said…
Jason Leo, he’s the man! His punting has been very good all year, and getting better. He’s been dropping them inside the 20 regularly, and he boomed one on Saturday (52 yds I think) so far over the receiver’s head, it caused him to fumble, recovered by Lehigh.

And now he can kick fg’s too??!! Awesome. The 43 yarder was perfect, and one he missed from 47 yds hit the cross bar and could have just as easily bounced over, instead of back.

If you don’t already do so, I hope you have a “Rookie of the Year” poll, or award. Jason’s got my vote!

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