Back from the week bye, the Mountain Hawks head to Fordham on Saturday
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh returns from his week off to play the first of five straight Patriot League games as the Mountain Hawks visit Jack Coffey Field in Bronx, NY on Saturday to fight Fordham. The Mountain Hawks are looking for a fresh start in the second half of the season after losing their first six games before the week off. In their last game before the bye, Lehigh and Penn were locked in a defensive battle for two and a half quarters before the Quakers scored a basket in the third quarter and added 17 points in the fourth quarter to win 20-0. Lehigh lost his only Championship game this season at Colgate on September 25. Fordham rebounded from a 0-3 start to win four straight games, including two league games. The Rams beat Bucknell 66-21 at home last weekend after six touchdown passes from quarterback Tim DeMorat.
A trip to Fordham might be just what the Mountain Hawks needed to rehash previous successes. Lehigh’s 30-27 overtime win in 2019 was his last road win of any kind. Other notables of this game include Zaythan Hill’s A record 94 Patriot League touchdown yards, Alex Snyder’s a career-high 128 receiving yards and that of Austin Dambach most recent touchdown receipt. Defensively, Dean Colton and Mikhari Sibblis sacks saved, with Sibblis also forcing a fumble. On Lehigh’s last visit to Jack Coffey Field before 2019, the Mountain Hawks rushed for 306 yards in an effort lost in the league’s only loss in their 2017 Patriot League Championship campaign.
First-year wide catcher Dajuan fields provided an offensive spark for the Mountain Hawks in their last two games. Fields led Lehigh in general-purpose yards against Yale and Penn, rushing three times for 23 yards and capturing three passes for 33 yards against the Bulldogs, then shooting four passes for 69 yards against the Quakers. His 50-yard catch-and-run against Penn was Lehigh’s longest scrum game this season. Fields has a team record 111 receiving yards on nine catches this season. The Buford, Ga. Native was trained in high
school by former Lehigh captain and All-Patriot League linebacker Bryant Appling ’01.
Lehigh has managed to face the opposing quarterbacks in his first six games this season. The Mountain Hawks have 12 sacks in six games, which puts them third in the Patriot League schedules. Lehigh has had at least two sacks in five of his first six games. Junior Mikhari Sibblis and second Trevor Harris recorded both of Lehigh’s sacks at Penn and is tied for the team lead with three. Senior Nate norris at 2.5 while junior Stephon Bland together.
Lehigh’s loss to Penn was his 13th in a row since the 2019 season. The Mountain Hawks are looking for a win at Fordham to end what is now the longest losing streak in program history. The previous mark was 12 games as Lehigh lost his last five games in 1925 and his first seven in 1926 before ending the streak with a 14-0 win over Rutgers in his penultimate game of the season. 1926.
Fordham comes in at 4-3 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League, but the Rams are in the red, having won four straight games, averaging nearly 49 points per game along the way. The Rams opened the season with losses to Nebraska, Monmouth and Florida Atlantic and fought back with wins over Stony Brook, Lafayette, Wagner and Bucknell. Last weekend Fordham beat Bucknell 66-21 behind a school record equaling six touchdown passes by quarterback Tim DeMorat. Fordham has the best offense in the Patriot League in terms of score and total distance. DeMorat won his fourth Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week title on Monday. Receivers Fotis Kokosioulis and DeQuece Carter totaled 942 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. Trey Sneed had 354 yards and four touchdowns in just three games. Linebacker Ryan Greenhagen had 102 tackles in five games, but missed Fordham’s last two games. Freshman James Conway added 75 tackles and one interception.
Lehigh has played 32 times against Fordham, with the Mountain Hawks winning 25 of those games. Fordham has won five of the last seven meetings after winning just two of the series’ first 25 games. These two teams first met in 1923 and did not meet again until 1989. Tom gilmore is 6-8 against Fordham as a head coach, winning with Lehigh in 2019 and going 5-8 during his time at Holy Cross.
Saturday’s game kicks off just after 1 p.m. at Jack Coffey Field in Bronx, NY. The game will air on ESPN + with audio coverage on Fox Sports Radio 1230/1320 AM and 94.7 FM Allentown and LVFoxSports.com starting at noon.
Lehigh returns to Goodman Stadium next Saturday to host the two-time defending Patriot League champion Holy Cross as part of the Halloweekend, presented by Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop. The Mountain Hawks will be looking to stop a three-game slide against the Crusaders. The time of play is fixed at noon.
|Dated:||23 October 2021|
|To start up:||1:05 p.m.|
|Stadium:||Jack Coffey Field|
|Site:||Bronx, New York State|
|Lehigh’s record:||0-6 overall, 0-1 Patriot League|
|Fordham’s record:||4-3 overall, 2-0 Patriot League|
|Series:||Lehigh leads 25-7|
|Video:||ESPN + (PatriotLeague.TV)|
|Radio:||Fox Sports Radio 1230/1320 AM and 94.7 FM Allentown starting at noon with Matt Kerr, Matt Markus and Steve Lomangino.|
|Key Statistics:||• The Mountain Hawks have suffered at least two sacks in five of their six games this season.
• Wide receiver Freshman Dajuan fields has seven receptions for 102 yards in his last two games.
• Lehigh’s defense will face the highest-ranked offense in the Patriot League (34.1 points per game / 450.1 yards per game.)
• Lehigh has averaged 35 points per game in his last six visits to Jack Coffey Field and has not scored less than 30 points in any of those games.