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Cohen Is Player of the Week

In the closest voting in Player of the week history, junior LB Matt Cohen barely won LFN Readers' "Player of the Week". The quiet local defender from Allentown Central Catholic doesn't always get the press and attention he deserves, but with 7 tackles last week, including 3 tackles for loss and 2 sacks he was a monster out there. All three tackles for loss were in key spots: one on a fourth down gave possession to Lehigh; another knocked Princeton out of field goal range; and the third pushed the Tigers back from a 1st and goal on the 2 yard line, and set up the blocked field goal attempt that set up our only score.

This week, game balls go to:

Readers' Choice: Junior LB Matt Cohen

Offense: Senior WR Mike Fitzgerald (5 receptions, 70 yards, 1 TD)

Defense: Senior DB Brendan VanAckeren (10 tackles, 4 solo tackles)

Special Teams: Junior LB Heath Brickner and Junior LB Al Pierce for the blocked field goal attempt (Brickner) and runback (Pierce).

Congratulations to all the winners!

News & Notes
Speaking of VanAckeren, the senior has been nominated as a semifinalist for the prestigious Draddy Trophy. The award is highest academic honor that can be achieved by a football player, "which recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership," according to the press release.

Also very interesting is an interview of assistant head football coach and Lehigh defensive line coach Donnie Roberts, which appeared in today's Morning Call. The former Central Catholic High School coach shared an insight on coach Coen:

Can you tell us something about head coach Andy Coen that we don't know? What you see is real, a great competitor and a fiery temperament. He can also be very funny. He used to get mad and throw his hat. Sometimes he could make it skip like stones skipping on water.

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