Skip to main content

Players Of The Week, Harvard/Lehigh

In what was an incredibly tight vote, we have a winner for player of the week.

In a bad day for the offense, offensive player of the week will be going to junior RB Josh Pastore.
Despite a key fumble, he did get 80 all-purpose yards, including 42 rushing yards and 28 receiving yards. I thought seriously about not giving one out, but in the end Pastore did have a decent day (minus the fumble, of course.) So he does get it.

Special teams will go to two players, one which was Special Teams Player of the Week, and the other who has been an unsung hero on this team Junior P/K Jason Leo averaged more than 44 yards per punt, keeping Lehigh ahead significantly in the field position battle. He got six punts inside the 20, and three punts inside the 6, and added 2/3 FGs and 2/2 XPs. But senior CB Brannan Thomas got the party started by squirting through the punt coverage and getting a big early 57 yard punt return for a touchdown.

Just edging out Leo for player of the week is junior LB Tim Diamond. In what was billed a shootout going into Saturday’s contest in Bethlehem, Diamond instead spearheaded an incredible defensive effort in Lehigh’s 20-13 victory over the Harvard Crimson. Despite Harvard’s offense remaining on the field for 40 minutes of the game, Diamond and the Lehigh defense forced eight Harvard punts as the Ringwood, NJ native amassed 22 tackles on the day, including 11 solo tackles. Five of his tackles came in the last eight minutes of the game, including a sack and a forced fumble (which was returned for a Lehigh touchdown) as Harvard was driving for the game-winning score. Tim also fell onto Harvard’s fumble in the closing seconds of the game to seal the victory.

Congratulations to all the winners, especially Leo and Diamond on their league and national awards as well as these awards. Now, on to Fordham.

Comments

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 …

#TheRivalry Flashback: November 21st, 1987: Lehigh 17, Lafayette 10

Since becoming an undergrad at Lehigh back in the late 1980s, I first heard about the historic nature of the football team and "The Rivalry" through the stories that fellow students would share.

I did not attend the final meeting between Lehigh and Lafayette at Taylor Stadium, which was the final time a football game would be played there.

Those that did attend said that was that it was cold.

"I remember it being one of the coldest games ever," Mark Redmann recollected, "with strong Northwesterly winds and the temperature hovering around 20.  By the end of the game, the stands were half empty because most of the fans just couldn't take the cold.

"Fortunately, several of my fraternity brothers snuck in flasks to help fend off the chill."

Dominick Bragalone Goes Into Monster Mode As Lehigh Is One Win Away From Title

It has been a most unusual season for Lehigh.

Starting the year off at 0-5 and getting swept in their out-of-conference schedule, the Mountain Hawks were in danger of having their season go off the rails.

But two things have come together over the last five football games that have put Lehigh on the brink of back-to-back championships.

The first is the late blooming of the Lehigh defense, which kept battling every week since the low point of the September 30th loss to Wagner to do the job in four of their five Patriot League conference games. 

The second is the development of junior RB Dominick Bragalone into a bellcow running back, a back who has to be in the conversation for Patriot League offensive player of the year.

In five Patriot League games, Bragalone has run for 863 yards in 5 games, rushing for 11 touchdowns and adding two more receiving touchdowns as well. 

The South Williamsport, PA native certainly wasn't unknown before this week - after all, as a freshman and a sop…