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Archive For October 30, 2018

How Lehigh Can (Maybe) Unbreak a Broken Season

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How Lehigh Can (Maybe) Unbreak a Broken Season

There really aren’t any other words to use.  The season is currently broken.Anyone who bravely worked their way to the game last weekend in rainy, windy Worcester, Mass had to have come to the same conclusion.The only thing keeping 2-6 Holy C…

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2018 Week 8, Holy Cross: Game Breakdown and Fearless Prediction

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2018 Week 8, Holy Cross: Game Breakdown and Fearless Prediction

We break down the Holy Cross game – and we give our fearless prediction below the flip.

Head coach Bob Chesney is in his first year in Worcester and is working to build up his mark on the program, despite a 1-6 record.

He came to Holy Cross from Assumption College, where he compiled a 44-16 record and made the nearby school a solid member of the NE-10 conference. Assumption has been a strong D-II school over the last decade, engineering an upset over Fordham in 2010 (though that was before Chesney’s time).

When Chesney came to Holy Cross, he brought in an almost entirely new staff from the one that Tom Gilmore had assembled.  Only four positional coaches remain, while Chesney brought in a new offensive and defensive coordinator.

Holy Cross also had, by far, the toughest schedule of any school in the Patriot League in September, starting with Colgate, who sits undefeated, Dartmouth, who sits undefeated, and Boston College – yes, that Boston College.  Throwing out those three games, the Crusaders have been inconsistent, upsetting Yale, but being upset at home by Bucknell.  So it’s hard to tell what Lehigh is going to get this week.
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2018 Week 8, Holy Cross: Tailgate Report

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2018 Week 8, Holy Cross: Tailgate Report

This weekend in frigid Worcester, Mass, 1-6 (0-2) Mountain Hawks take on the 1-6 (0-2) Holy Cross Crusaders at 1:00 PM at Fitton Field.

Both teams enter Saturday looking to reverse big losing streaks, and looking to learn how to win.  The Crusaders have lost four straight, while the Mountain Hawks have lost six straight.

Both teams also will be looking to build some momentum through the end of 2018 to get some momentum into next year and perhaps finish with a .500 or better record in Patriot League play.  While Colgate and Georgetown are undefeated in league play so far, a flourish to end the season would be a helpful springboard into the offseason.

If you can’t make it to the game, the game is streaming on the Patriot League Network,with Kevin Shea, Andy Lacombe and Breanna Wilson doing the call.  This is the local broadcast produced on Charter 3 TV in Worcester (which you can get on your TV if you live in that area).

Paired with the Holy Cross coverage you can pair it with the local AM 1230 and 1320 FOX radio broadcast, either off your old-fashioned radio, streamed through TuneIn or just simply going to the LVFoxSports.com webpage and listening that way.  Matt Kerr, Matt Markus and Steve Lomangino are on the call this Saturday.

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So This Is What Rock Bottom Feels Like

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So This Is What Rock Bottom Feels Like

As a Lehigh football fan I have seen an awful lot.

I’ve seen the football program reach some pretty terrific highs.  I’ve seen a lot of Patriot League Championships.  Trips to FCS powerhouse programs – and beating them. FCS Playoff wins. 

Wins over Lafayette in the last two minutes of the game.  Overtime wins.  Shootout wins.  Wins without an offensive touchdown.  Do I remember WR Brian Klingerman?  I was in the stands explaining the new overtime rules. Yes, I’ve seen a lot.

I’ve also seen a lot of lows during the course of my Lehigh football fandom, too. 

Yes, I was at Yankee Stadium.  I was also at Murray Goodman when Tom Gilmore’s Holy Cross team dropped 59 on the Mountain Hawks. 

I was at Lafayette in 1994 to watch Erik Marsh run over Lehigh.  Jonathan Hurt?  I was there.  I see the ghost of that play every time I set foot in Murray Goodman.  Yes, I’ve seen a lot.

In all of this time being a Lehigh fan, I never saw two things:

  1. I never saw Lehigh lose six games in a row, and 
  2. I never saw Lehigh lose to Georgetown.

And yet, here we are, in a brand new world where Lehigh can lose six straight and can lose to Georgetown.  We are in a world where Georgetown and Lehigh are coaching and talent equals, tied at 9 after regulation and separated only by the will to win in double overtime.  Simply put, Georgetown wanted it more.

With zero disrespect meant to Georgetown, who 100% deserved their win over Lehigh, the Mountain Hawk program is right now at rock bottom.
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2018 Week 7, Georgetown: Game Breakdown and Fearless Prediction

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2018 Week 7, Georgetown: Game Breakdown and Fearless Prediction

We break down the Georgetown game – and we give our fearless prediction below the flip.

Normally, we don’t need to break out the Las Vegas betting lines to motivate Lehigh football players.  But in this very special case, it seems worthy to make an exception.

The people who make a living betting on the outcomes of sporting contests have seen Georgetown, yes, Georgetown, set up as 14 point favorites to beat Lehigh. 

Don’t believe me?  Check it out.

You know what else is interesting?  The line started out with Georgetown only 4 point favorites.  Over the course of the last 48 hours, apparently, so much money has come in on Georgetown that it has actually swelled to a 14 point difference.

If there was ever a concrete indicator that there are a lot of people that believe Lehigh will fail this weekend, and fail by more than two touchdowns, this is it.

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2018 Week 7, Georgetown: Game Breakdown and Fearless Prediction

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2018 Week 7, Georgetown: Game Breakdown and Fearless Prediction

We break down the Georgetown game – and we give our fearless prediction below the flip.

Normally, we don’t need to break out the Las Vegas betting lines to motivate Lehigh football players.  But in this very special case, it seems worthy to make an exception.

The people who make a living betting on the outcomes of sporting contests have seen Georgetown, yes, Georgetown, set up as 14 point favorites to beat Lehigh. 

Don’t believe me?  Check it out.

You know what else is interesting?  The line started out with Georgetown only 4 point favorites.  Over the course of the last 48 hours, apparently, so much money has come in on Georgetown that it has actually swelled to a 14 point difference.

If there was ever a concrete indicator that there are a lot of people that believe Lehigh will fail this weekend, and fail by more than two touchdowns, this is it.

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2018 Week 7, Georgetown: Tailgate Report

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2018 Week 7, Georgetown: Tailgate Report


It’s put up or shut up weekend in DC this weekend as the 1-5 (1-0) Mountain Hawks take on the 3-4 (2-0) Georgetown Hoyas at 2:00 PM at Cooper Field in Georgetown, DC.

It is a true reversal of the typical Patriot League narratives for both teams. 

The Mountain Hawks desperately need a win to avoid a second consecutive losing record and to stay alive in the Patriot League title race. 

And the Hoyas need a win to stay in contention for the Patriot League title – a win over Lehigh would not only be their first against the Mountain Hawks since joining the Patriot League, it would also put the Hoyas in a tie atop the Patriot League with a 3-0 league record.

If you can’t make it to the game, the game is streaming on two different sites – the Patriot League Network, and it will also be streaming via Stadium Live on Facebook, which you can find hereJeremy Huber, Emory Hunt, and former Fordham QB Mike Nebrich are doing the call.

Of course that solution works even better when you pair it with the local radio broadcast, either off your old-fashioned radio, streamed through TuneIn or just simply going to the LVFoxSports.com webpage and listening that way.  Matt Kerr, Matt Markus and Steve Lomangino are on the call this Saturday.

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2018 Week 7, Georgetown: Tailgate Report

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2018 Week 7, Georgetown: Tailgate Report


It’s put up or shut up weekend in DC this weekend as the 1-5 (1-0) Mountain Hawks take on the 3-4 (2-0) Georgetown Hoyas at 2:00 PM at Cooper Field in Georgetown, DC.

It is a true reversal of the typical Patriot League narratives for both teams. 

The Mountain Hawks desperately need a win to avoid a second consecutive losing record and to stay alive in the Patriot League title race. 

And the Hoyas need a win to stay in contention for the Patriot League title – a win over Lehigh would not only be their first against the Mountain Hawks since joining the Patriot League, it would also put the Hoyas in a tie atop the Patriot League with a 3-0 league record.

If you can’t make it to the game, the game is streaming on two different sites – the Patriot League Network, and it will also be streaming via Stadium Live on Facebook, which you can find hereJeremy Huber, Emory Hunt, and former Fordham QB Mike Nebrich are doing the call.

Of course that solution works even better when you pair it with the local radio broadcast, either off your old-fashioned radio, streamed through TuneIn or just simply going to the LVFoxSports.com webpage and listening that way.  Matt Kerr, Matt Markus and Steve Lomangino are on the call this Saturday.

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Lehigh Is

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Lehigh Is

It would be easy to hate right now.  It would be tempting to write a screed about unhappy I am about how this season is going so far, to make a report card filled with C’s and D’s.  It would be tempting to write something in all caps on my displeasure about the outcome of the last three games.

Because I am not happy.  
I am not happy with the energy level brought by the team.  I am not happy with three huge 60+ yard pass plays that resulted in three Fordham touchdowns.  I am not happy with Fordham, who averaged 1.0 yard per carry, routinely get nine-yard plunges for gains.  I am not happy with a single offensive touchdown while the final score is in doubt.  I’m not happy with unconverted 3rd downs.  And I’m not happy, on a 3rd and 27, calling for a toss right to RB Dominick Bragalone.
Instead of hashing all that is wrong and needs to be fixed, however, I’m going to share with you what I think Lehigh is, and where Lehigh football fits into that.  I hope that in here, somewhere, may be some sort of answer to all of these problems.

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2018 Week 6, Fordham: Game Breakdown and Fearless Prediction

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2018 Week 6, Fordham: Game Breakdown and Fearless Prediction

It’s time to go full nerd and do a full-blown breakdown of the Fordham Rams.

The first point of information about the 0-5 Rams you need to know is that they are young, and rebuilding. 

Joe Conlin is their first-year head coach, and you had better believe that he and his team would love nothing better than to get Conlin’s first head coaching victory against Lehigh, a team that Fordham has beaten in four of the last five meetings between these two programs.

But the 2018 Rams are vastly different than the team that suited up QB Kevin Anderson and current Arizona Cardinal RB Chase Edmonds on their roster.  Anderson, who was a transfer from an FBS school (Marshall), had loads of experience and additionally used a redshirt year at Marshall, and Edmonds, as any reader of this blog would know, stepped in immediately as a freshman on Rose Hill and it was abundantly clear he was a generational talent running the ball.

For Fordham, this team is adopting a new philosophy under a new coaching tree.  Gone is the Joe Moorhead/Andrew Breiner tree, having finally settled down at Mississippi State.  In is Conlin, a long-time Yale assistant coach who has made stops at a ton of different great, powerful FCS college football programs, including both New Hampshire and Havard as well as the Bulldogs.

So growing pains. certainly, were to be expected, especially with a schedule that included an FBS team (UNC-Charlotte), an FCS Playoff team (Stony Brook) and a historically good CAA team (Richmond).

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