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Players of the Week, Lehigh vs. Colgate

Last week's valiant effort versus the Raiders results in these players getting nominations for LFN's "Players of the Week":

Offensive Hawk: Junior QB J.B. Clark (54 yards rushing, 151 yards passing, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 0 turnovers)

Defensive Hawk: Senior LB Troy Taylor (8 tackles, 3 tackles for loss)

Special Teams Hawk: Freshman PK Jake Peery, who went 2-2 on field goals (25, 35 yards) and extra points - no mean feat in 20-30 mph winds.

Something to think about, with Holy Cross coming to town: the 1969 Lehigh football season. Forty years ago, the Engineers started at 2-5-1 (including losses to The Citadel, Delaware, Wittenburg and Gattysburg). But Lehigh would win their last two games versus Bucknell and Lafayette to become "Middle Three" Champions and would get votes for the Lambert Cup. (Matter of fact, Lehigh's 36-19 victory would come two days before I was born.)

That season, RB Jack Rizzo would debut, and soon thereafter Lehigh was playing in the Division II playoffs, cumulating with a D-II national championship later in the 1970s. Championships can happen with losing records - and perhaps some forty-year-old inspiration might be good to recall for this weekend.

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