Skip to main content

Press Roundup: Fordham/Lehigh

We can't get to Lehigh/Lafayette without celebrating the week that was: the Fordham game which got us to this game for "all the marbles" in the Patriot League. There will be plenty of time for breaking down "THE Rivalry" (Wednesday), talking about the personal side of "THE Rivalry" (Thursday), and, of course, what folks are saying around the water cooler (Friday). For now, we give out game balls for last week's game.

On offense, it's fitting that we give balls to senior RB Marques Thompson and the "O" Line, junior T Jimmy Kehs, senior G Pete Morelli, senior C John Reese, senior G Jim Petrucelli, and senior T Jason Russell. The line simply smothered the Fordham defensive line and forged 237 net rushing yards for our offense, while Thompson scorched the Rams to the tune of 144 all-purpose yards and 3 TDs. A completely dominating performance for a boatload of seniors who are the reason why we're here this year.

Defensively I'll give the ball to three more seniors: LB Micah Greene, LB Chris LaMont, and CB Brannan Thomas. Micah's pursuit inside and outside and Chris LaMont's pass rush were especially disruptive to Fordham's young QB, with LaMont getting 2 sacks and Micah getting 8 tackles. For momentum-changers, you can't get much better than Brannan Thomas' two huge interceptions in the first half, directly leading to 10 unanswered Lehigh points. Overall, a great effort.

Since I'm not being stingy with the game balls today, I'm also going to give out two special teams game balls this week too. Senior WR/PR Frank "Al Del Greco" Trovato gets one, while sophomore RB/KR Josh Pastore gets another. Not only did they both combine for 140 return yards, they also added 2 TDs on offense as well. Before this game I said Fordham's special teams were an advantage over Lehigh, but they went out and proved who the better unit was today.

Congratulations to all the seniors who really made "Senior Day" special! Now, all we need is one more big day from them...

Press Roundup
Allentown Morning Call:
Lehigh's Marques Thompson Earns Marquee Status
Upshot: ''We lost the last two years, and for the seniors, this is our last go-around,'' Marques said. ''We just have to step up and make the plays necessary to win this game. We want to go to the playoffs. Losing to Lafayette is unacceptable.''

Groller: Lehigh Has Rallied From Poor Start, But Next Week Is True Test
Upshot: The frustration of '04 and the despair of '05 haven't been forgotten by Lehigh's players [against Lafayette].''Those two losses have been on everyone's mind,'' said senior wide receiver Frank Trovato. ''We can finally talk about it now. We know what we have to do. If we play our football, Lehigh football, I think we'll come out on top.'' ''It would be hard,'' Coen said when asked if he'd consider the season a success even with a loss in Easton. ''We know what's at stake. Whoever loses next week, that taste will be pretty sour. I'll still respect the kids no matter what happens and appreciate the work they've put in. But they want to win. I do, too.''

Easton Express-Times:
Lehigh/Lafayette For Playoffs
Upshot: "I'm obviously very excited," said Lehigh coach Andy Coen, whose team moved to 6-4 overall and 5-0 in league play with its fourth straight win. "The goal this year was to play well so our seniors could walk off Goodman Stadium with a good memory and at least part of a championship. But we all know there's bigger fish to fry coming up."

Brown & White:
Win Sets Up Pivotal Lafayette Clash
Upshot: Lehigh Head Coach Andy Coen said [RB Marques "Mud"]Thompson can make something out of nothing. “His vision is as good as any back I’ve coached.” “As a team we’re beginning to put four quarters together,” Thompson said. “The guys are working real hard in practice and I think that’s transferring over to the game.”


Popular posts from this blog

Nick Shafnisky Is Pushing Hard to Get To Play at the Next Level in Football

"Don't take anything for granted, just keep pushing."
Those are the words of QB Nick Shafnisky, told to The Whitehall-Coplay Press all the way back in 2013, about his preparation as a high school athlete.
And they seem to summarize the Whitehall, PA native perfectly, then as now.
Dubbed the "Male Athlete of the Year" by that publication, the article goes on about Shaf's many exploits at Whitehall high school - leading the Zephyr football team to a co-Lehigh Valley Conference title, becoming the first player ever in that conference to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards, and earning the league's co-MVP award as well.
He also was a member of the Zephyrs playoff basketball team, and for good measure also helped set a record for the 4x100 relay team as well.
At Whitehall, and at Lehigh, coaches pushed him, but it was his own hard work that helped make him the best athlete he could be.
This weekend, Shaf, like every eligible college football player, will be …

What Are You Doing the Night of Lehigh's 2017 Home Opener?

I have this vision.

It's the weekend of the home opener at Murray Goodman Stadium, Labor Day weekend.  It could be a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.

And it's 6:00 PM.

In 2018, the Lehigh football team will open the season with a big celebration of the football program - at Navy, Lehigh's first game against an FBS team in over a decade.

In 2017, why not, as a one-off opportunity, try to have one Lehigh football game, the home opener, be the first-ever night game at Murray Goodman Stadium?

Will it cost money?  Yes.  Will it be easy?  Probably not.

However, is it doable?  I've got to believe the answer is "yes".

Seven Positive Thoughts About All the Patriot League Recruiting Classes

It's recruiting season.  Every incoming recruit is a Patriot League all-star, everyone is a first team all-American, everyone is undefeated.  It's all good times, a chance for kids to be admitted to some of the best Universities in the world.  In that, it's a win for everyone.

While we wait for each of the remaining recruits to be announced as a part of their recruiting classes, I thought I'd comb through all of the incoming classes of the Patriot League and tell you what sticks out to me.

This summart isn't a ratings-based system, than folks like 247Sports have in terms of measuring the number of "starred recruits" (they list Holy Cross as the "winner"), or even a hybrid-based system, like LFN's yearly Patsy Ratings (last seasons "winner": Lehigh) or HERO Sports' list of the top overall FCS recruits (which lists Lafayette as the "winner").  It's just one guy, looking at the recruit lists, and giving his opinion.