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Press Roundup: Harvard/Lehigh

I am very busy with my latest I-AA.org diary - not to mention my Lehigh/G-Town preview - so this will be shorter than most. But here is the press roundup from last week's game.

Also, I wanted to announce my "Players of the Week" this week.

On offense, it's going to go to senior RB Marques Thompson. Although he didn't score a TD, his 114 total yards showed a gutty performance in his first real game as Lehigh's feature back. He was clearly ready to play, and was a difference-maker out there.

On defense, I'm going to give it to junior DB Daynin Blake who was the best multi-dimensional player out there on defense. He managed to rush the passer extremely well (with two sacks) and defended the pass well (with a pass break-up and 4 tackles).

Special teams, it's no contest: it's going to senior PR/WR Frank "Playmaker" Trovato. I think it's as much for his 49 yard punt return that was a big play that probably should have put the hammer down for Lehigh as his attitude on making plays and winning football games.

Congratulations to all.

Allentown Morning Call:
Collapse Leaves Lehigh Crimson-Faced
Hawks Confident They Can Reverse Course
Groller: Hawks Glad To Say 'See Ya, September'

Upshot: "Trovato reminded the media: ''If you look at the big picture, all of our goals are still intact. We haven't even started league play yet. If you look at the league, there hasn't really been a standout team so far. We've just got to take it a week at a time. Hopefully, we'll win the Patriot League and contend for a national championship in the playoffs.''That's not a misprint. Trovato said ''national championship'' with a straight face."

Easton Express-Times:
Goodman Is House Of Horrors

Upshot: "You can never feel good," said Marques Thompson, whose 114 all-purpose yards helped the Mountain Hawks build a 24-7 lead midway through the second quarter. "You've got to keep trucking, got to keep it going. I think a lot of guys relaxed. (Against) a team like that, you can't get relaxed. They can come back very quick."

Brown & White:
Second-Half Surge Gives Crimson Victory

Upshot: “It’s frustrating,” Coen said. “There are no words that can alleviate the frustration the guys are feeling right now, but they can’t give up on themselves, can’t give up on each other, and cant give up on what we are trying to do. We have a Patriot League game on Saturday.”

Boston Globe:
Crimson Storm Back For Win

Upshot: "[Lehigh] just did a great job," said [RB Clifton] Dawson. "For the first half and through the entire game they really played hard. They were good and fast. But our offensive line settled down, and we were able to establish a running game."

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