Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

LU wins, Moravian falls

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by The Press in Sports

Powered by one of its best defensive efforts in recent memory, the Lehigh football team picked up its first victory of the season by a 10-3 margin over Merrimack at Goodman Stadium on Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Tackle Cancer Day presented by Red Robin.

The Mountain Hawk defense held the Warriors to minus-25 rushing yards, recorded six sacks, took the ball away twice, and gave up just a second quarter field goal, despite being on the field for nearly 37 minutes.

On a day in which the offense struggled, a 36-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Addison Shoup put Lehigh in front with 14:09 to play, and despite two lengthy fourth-quarter drives by Merrimack, the Mountain Hawks’ defense stood tall to give Tom Gilmore his first win as Lehigh head coach.

Moravian College senior running back Roberto Diez (Freedom HS) ran for a career high 129 yards and three touchdowns to surpass 1,000 yards for his career; however, the Greyhounds were unable to maintain a halftime lead, falling to visiting Ursinus College, 35-28, in Centennial Conference action at Rocco Calvo Field Saturday afternoon.

Diez’s afternoon paced the Greyhounds to 257 yards of total offense on 64 plays including 163 yards on the ground.

Junior wide receiver Nick Petros (Liberty HS) had four receptions for 29 yards and punted five times for an average of 49.0 yards with a long of 65 yards.

Junior defensive back Jackson Buskirk (Whitehall HS) and sophomore linebacker Noah Breidinger (Emmaus HS) each had seven tackles with Buskirk making one tackle for loss and Breidinger recovering a fumble.