Game 10: Lafayette Leopards Football at Leheigh (11/23/13)
Lafayette at Leheigh
November 23, 2013
(11/23/13) Lafayette took down No. 15-ranked Lehigh 50-28 in front of a sold out Goodman Stadium. With the victory, the Leopards captured their seventh Patriot League championship. Freshman QB Drew Reed was named MVP of the game after throwing for a career-high 378 yards on 20-of-27 passing to go along with three touchdown passes. Senior Mark Ross finished the game with 127 yards including a 31-yard TD pass in the first quarter. Ross eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on the season with a 21-yard grab in the second quarter. He is the first Leopard ever to have two 1,000-yard seasons in a career.
Junior Ross Scheuerman racked up 106 yards on the ground and also reached the 1,000-yard plateau on the season. It is the first time he has reached the 1,000-yard mark in his career and the first for a Lafayette rusher since 2006. Scheuerman set the tone for the 149th meeting of the rivalry by returning the opening kickoff 59 yards to the Lehigh 32. Brandon Hall caught a 27-yard pass from Reed on the first play. Scheuerman found the endzone two plays later, picking up a loose ball in the backfield and beating a Lehigh defender to the outside for the score.
After a Lehigh score to make it 14-7, the Maroon & White responded, driving 65 yards in less than two minutes. Lafayette completed a 49-yard flea flicker pass to Justin Adams on third and short to set up 1st-and-goal from Lehigh’s eight-yard line. After back-to-back runs, Reed threw a four-yard pass to Adams who walked in for the score at 12:22.
Following another Mountain Hawk score to make it 21-14, the Leopards tried to answer right before the half. The offense marched inside the redzone after a 21-yard pass from Reed to Adams. Ryan Gralish attempted a 34-yard field goal, but Lehigh’s defensive front blocked the kick to end the half.
After a Lehigh three and out to begin the second half, the Maroon & White put together a six-play, 80-yard drive to go in front 28-14. Lafayette moved the ball inside the 20 on a Ross catch. After a Scheuerman rush, senior TB Marcellus Irving found the goal line from seven yards out to give him his first career rushing touchdown.
Lehigh cut the Leopards lead to 36-28 with 8:49 left in the game but the Leopards were able to seal the game with two huge plays a minute a part. First, Reed hit Dixon for a short bubble screen but thanks to two key blocks from Adams and Ross, he was able to run it 68-yards to the house. Junior Tyrus White forced a fumble of McHale on the fourth play of the following Mountain Hawk drive and classmate James Coscia scooped it up and returned it 40 yards for paydirt. Sophomore Matt Smalley proceeded to pick off Shafnisky with six minutes to go and Lafayette was able to run out the clock to knock off Lehigh and clinch the Patriot League title.
Final Score: Lafayette 50, #15 Lehigh 28.