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Press Roundup: The Becahi Bunch

The media reports are in, and we even got some pictures (courtesy of the Morning Call) of Saturday's practice. To my left is rising junior DL Ted Smith sacking rising junior QB Kevin Marshall, getting a little "contact". (It's encouraging to know that even the professional photographers get hazy pictures when covering a wet Lehigh game. I thought I was the only one!)

The roundup around the mainstream press seems to show a lot of excitement about the local kids who appear to have the inside track for some of the starting roles, especially Bethlehem Catholic's WR Frank Trovato (rising senior) and also WR Pete Donchez (rising junior). They also share quite a few quotes from the eminently quotable junior QB Sedale Threatt. (The kid is a quote machine - it's always fun to hear what he's going to say next. His enthusiasm is catchy.)

Curiously, the defense which impressed me so much didn't get a lot of coverage. I'm really surprised nobody picked senior DT Royce Morgan or rising senior team captain DB Julian Austin for post-game interviews - especially because both were their usual dominant selves in their limited time on Saturday. No matter, I definitely took notice.

Allentown Morning Call:
Inclement Weather Fits Nicely in Lehigh's Plans

Easton Express-Times:
New Approach Scrutinized In Wet Conditions

In a light but steady rain Saturday, the Mountain Hawks chucked away their pass-heavy, wristband-checking offense of last season for an attack that balanced evenly between the passing and running game.

In other words, Lembo just wanted to fool defenses. Coen wants to flatten them.

"I kind of liked that the kids had to go through an inclement situation today," Coen said. "We've been talking about developing physical and mental toughness and you can't control what the weather conditions are going to be like on Saturdays. It's part of the game. These guys learned that last year. So, it was kind of neat to experience that."

"The last scrimmage we had before this one, the offense got after the defense, so it was good today to see the defense respond," Coen said. "The key is that we made strides from a toughness standpoint. We had some good, tough runs in there. Marques, Matt [McGowan] and Richard [Forman] all made some nice runs. We want to be balanced and we've got to be able to run the ball in the red zone."

"It's a very enthusiastic bunch of guys who have done what we've wanted them to do," Coen said. "They're fired up for Sept. 2 [the season opener against Albany] right now. You want guys who love to play football and that's what we have."

"The conditions were a little rough, but that's football," [Threatt] said. "This spring we've had a scrimmage in snow and another in 70 degrees. Today it was 44 degrees and misty rain and it was a little tough, but we had some people make plays."

"I like a fast-moving game," he said. "I like things to go bop, bop, bop. We just needed to pick things up and get things going and score some points because the defense was really playing well."

Most notable in that group were Becahi grads Frank Trovato and Donchez, who made the back-to-back grabs that led to the day's lone touchdown.

Trovato's 35-yard catch-and-run was the day's biggest play, although it wasn't designed the way it turned out.

"It was actually a waggle to the right and Sedale got pressure and had to reverse field," Trovato, a senior, said. "We're taught that with Sedale's scrambling capability, we've got to keep going because he'll find us down the field. That's what he did. We reversed field and Sedale hit me in stride.

"It felt great going out there with the first group," said Trovato. "We're really embracing Coach Coen and buying into what he's bringing."

"Sedale threw a great ball and I just tried to do my part and go up and get it," said Donchez, who will be a junior in the fall. "I think it went pretty well... There's a lot I still have to work and our team still has to work on. But it felt good to get out and compete with the defense."

"He made a great catch," Threatt said. "I put it up there for him, but he jumped up there and got it."

"I was asking to move to linebacker for a couple of years," said Mohler, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound junior-to-be with 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash. Mohler had an interception and a sack. "I get to run around a little more. Making plays has more to do with athletic ability."

Not to mention the desire to go through mud or high water to get the job done.

"It's just a change in style of play," Coen said. "Our goal is to be the toughest team out there every Saturday."

Either this week or next I'll start talking about the upcoming Patriot League season. Ed Laubach of the Express-Times has been talking about it, so it's only right that I start getting to it as well, right?

(Pictured below: rising soph PR/WR Mike Fitzgerald; and the second-team offense, led by rising seinor QB Mike Probst.)


Comments

Anonymous said…
"the Mountain Hawks chucked away their pass-heavy, wristband-checking offense of last season..."

I love that line! Maybe we won't see so many delay of game penalties and as much confusion this year.
Anonymous said…
I would just like to say, that the picture about is not Ted Smith getting a sack, but it is a picture of Ted Smith getting OWNED by Jimmy Kehs!! Show proper respect to the Offensive Line where it is due!!!
Anonymous said…
It sure looks like HOLDING to me!!!! (seen from the eyes of an old DB)
Ngineer said…
Nah, that's a good ol'push under the shoulder pad. Had there been a 'pull' then you'd have a call. I looking for Kehs to start establishing himself this year. He's got the size, needs to get 'nasty'...
Anonymous said…
that offensive lineman is actually Kevin Evanko. You will notice that #69, Chris Tiefenthal (known for his Michael Jordan cleats)is on the ground, therefore the 2nd O-line is on the field. That is not Jimmy Kehs, that ISN't a hold but that's ok, take it from a current player, the defensive does nothing but complaing. its what they are best at.
Anonymous said…
What does the "defensive (?) does nothing but complaining (?), its what they are best at" have to do with this conversation. Great teammate...way to support your defense....Oh....yeah the Michael Jordan cleats...all of these bloggers should have known that....take it from another current player...when we're on the field in practice the defense and offense really go at it, but off the field the defense supports the offense and thinks they're great...
Anonymous said…
You guys have obviously never played on the other side of the line. EVERY PLAY is holding as far as the D is concerned!!!

P.S. I was just kidding Anonymous #2 when I brought that up. Lighten up Francis.
Anonymous said…
Why no mention of Gerran Walker getting a tryout with Indy? Nothing here and nothing in the papers that I saw. Only this blurb:

http://www.i-aa.org/SECTION_FRONT.ASP?ARTTYPEID=572

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