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Press Roundup: Lehigh/Yale

Let's hurry up and get this Yale thing behind us so we can focus on the games that will make or break this season. I'd still like to single out some players this week for game balls.

On offense (this will come as no surprise) the award goes to senior WR Frank "Al Del Greco" Trovato with 4 receptions for 73 yards. All four of his receptions came in key moments; all four catches resulted in 1st downs, including a key 3rd-down conversion in OT. Every week he does something to help Lehigh get into position to win. He earns a ball this week.

On defense the lucky winner is senior NT Eric Rakus. It's rare you see a nose tackle with more than 4 or 5 tackles, but his eight tackles (sometimes coming across the field to make them), a tackle for loss and forced fumble show real promise that our defensive line is coming together. His performance in particular really stood out.

I'm going to give our two special teams balls this week. One goes to sophomore RB Josh Pastore, with a nifty 60 yard return to keep the pressure on the Elis in the middle of the game to go with his 30 yard average. The other goes to sophomore FB Adam Watson for two excellent sticks on special teams that helped keep the Elis pinned deep.

Press Roundup
Allentown Morning Call:
Lehigh Hangs In, Then Bows Out, to Yale in OT
Upshot: "We show we're a very capable football team, but only at times," Coen said. "We do some good things, just not enough of them. We're not consistent enough and that's my job. We're not getting it done right now. We're not where we need to be."

Despite Another Loss, Lehigh Retains Hope
Upshot: "I don't like that [inconsistency] is our M.O., but until we produce, that's what it is," quarterback Sedale Threatt said. ''We talk and talk and talk about consistency. Do it."..."If you look at all our games, except for Georgetown, it has come down to our last drive with us either having a chance to win it or tie it and we tied it [at Yale] but we didn't get it done in overtime," said normally upbeat senior wide receiver Frank Trovato. "All of our goals are still intact. You still want to win [a game like at Yale] and ride some momentum into that last five-game stretch. We've just got to put everything together. That's what we've been talking about. When we do put everything together, we still think we're a pretty football team. But like Sedale says, we can't just keep saying it. We've got to go out and do it." The Mountain Hawks (2-4, 1-0) had better do it soon.

Easton Express-Times:
Role Reversal in Yale-Lehigh Game
Upshot: "They've just got to continue to work with each other," Coen said, "continue having trust in each other. We will show up next Saturday to play Bucknell. I guarantee you that."

Brown & White:
Overtime Loss Moves Record to 2-3 (sic)
Upshot: “I am confident the guys will put it behind them come Sunday and be ready for next week,” Threatt said. “It is do or die now, with the rest of the season being all Patriot League games. We are focusing on the Patriot League championship; that is our goal.” “We will find out where the team is going next week,” Coen said. “I am sure the kids are disappointed right now, I am too. I am not disappointed at all in the players though, they play hard and we just keep coming up a little short. I am happy with the guys.”

Hartford Courant:
Jumping To Conclusions
Upshot: "There's just something about this team. That's the reason I came back," said [WR Chandler] Henley, the Yale captain and fifth-year senior who missed last season with a shoulder injury. "I'm loving every minute of it. I love the guys here. They're so resilient. They don't want to lose. We went out and took it there at the end. That's something that's changed a bit from the past."

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