Lehigh, Moravian win
Freshman Zaythan Hill scored the go-ahead touchdown on a nine-yard run with 33 seconds remaining and the Lehigh defense capped a superb effort by stopping Colgate one yard short as the Mountain Hawks opened Patriot League play with their second consecutive win, a 21-14 triumph over the defending Patriot League champion Raiders in the league opener for both teams Saturday at Andy Kerr Stadium.
The Mountain Hawks were stuffed on a 4th-and-1 deep in Colgate territory with 1:22 to play, but Colgate’s Grant Breneman fumbled and sophomore Bartek Rybka recovered. Four plays later, Hill scored his first career touchdown to put Lehigh in front for the first time. Colgate drove down the field in the final 29 seconds, but on 1st-and-Goal from the Lehigh nine, Breneman his Garrett Oakey in the left flat, but junior Divine Buckrham came through with the game-saving tackle at the one yard line.
The Lehigh defense was outstanding for a second straight week as the Mountain Hawks held Colgate to 213 total yards and just nine yards rushing. The Mountain Hawks sacked Breneman seven times, one week after sacking Merrimack quarterbacks six times.
The Moravian College football team ran for 174 yards and two touchdowns and passes for 251 yards and three more scores as the Greyhounds finished off the first half of the season with a 33-16 victory at Gettysburg College in Centennial Conference Saturday afternoon.
Senior running back Roberto Diez (Freedom HS) posted his third straight career high with 174 yards on 31 carries while freshman running back Carrington Smith (Easton, Pa.) added eight yards on two attempts. Freshman quarterback/running back Sherwin Stewart (Stroudsburg HS) ran for two yards and a touchdown on four carries while sophomore quarterback Christopher Mills (Penncrest HS) had one touchdown on four attempts.
Mills also completed 18-of-24 passes for 251 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Junior wide receiver Nick Petros (Liberty HS) caught a team-high seven passes for 64 yards, and he also punted three times for an average of 41.3 yards. Senior wide receiver Alex Pierce (Cliffwood Beach, N.J.) caught six passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns, the second 100-yard game of his career and first with multiple touchdowns. Sophomore wide receiver Eddie Olsen (Easton HS) had four receptions for 70 yards while senior tight end Nick Cregar (High Bridge, N.J.) had one catch for a five-yard touchdown, his first career touchdown.
Junior linebacker Tanner Barr (Pen Argyl, Pa./Pen Argyl HS) led the Moravian defense with 14 tackles while junior defensive lineman Shane Mastro (Middletown, N.J./Mater Dei Prep HS) had eight stops and would get a hand on an extra-point attempt that still made it through the uprights. Sophomore linebacker Noah Breidinger (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus HS) added seven tackles while junior defensive back Jackson Buskirk (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall HS) had six stops and a pass break-up. Junior defensive lineman Austin Heisler (Pen Argyl, Pa./Pen Argyl HS) contributed five tackles, a pass break-up, a forced fumble and a blocked punt while sophomore linebacker Romello Walters (Zephyhills, Fla./Plant HS) also had five stops. Junior defensive lineman PJ Weierbach (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic HS) had four tackles with a blocked field goal while freshman defensive back Delano McKenzie (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury HS) recovered a fumble for the Hounds.