Sports: Lehigh University football to face Georgetown University in tough game

October 12, 2012 Comments Off
                  
The Mountain Hawks defeated Columbia University, 35-14, on Saturday securing a 6-0 record in the league. | Photo by Michael Lloyd

The Mountain Hawks defeated Columbia University, 35-14, on Saturday securing a 6-0 record in the league.

The football team will take on Georgetown University on the Hoyas’ home field Saturday.

According to Donnie Roberts, co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for the team, the Hoyas are lead by a well-coached and experienced offense, and they have a wide array of talent.

“They have three returning starters on the offensive line, and the other two played and started games last year,” Roberts said. “Their players are solid; especially their wide receivers who have good hands and speed. Their tight ends are good-sized players who will play physical in the run game, but are also solid receivers. The biggest key on defense is not to allow a big play and to create turnovers.”

Junior linebacker Nigel Muhammad, who had five tackles in last week’s 35-14 win over Columbia University, expects a strong ground game from Georgetown.

“They are more of a run [oriented] team that likes to run a lot of inside zone from what I’ve seen so far,” Muhammad said. “In that aspect, they are more like Liberty and Fordham [universities].”

Roberts also spoke highly of the Georgetown running game, which is led by leading rusher, Nick Campanella, with 359 yards on 63 rushes.

Roberts said the Hoyas have undergone several changes for quarterback, as returning starter Isaiah Kempf has not played since week one, and Aaron Aiken, with whom Kempf had been originally rotating, has been on the sideline since being injured in week four against Princeton University.

Stephen Skon, who carried the team to victory over Princeton and played well in a losing effort to Fordham, can run the ball well on designed quarterback running plays. According to senior quarterback Mike Colvin, Georgetown also has a very talented and experienced, well-coached defense.

“Their defense has a few All-American caliber type players,” Colvin said. “They have the strongest linebacking core we have faced all season, but we should be able to execute our game plan despite their talent.”

After winning their first two games of the season, defeating Davidson and Wagner colleges, the Hoyas lost three out of their next four games. Their one-point win at Princeton was sandwiched between homes losses to Yale and Brown universities. They’re coming into tomorrow’s game off of a tough loss to Fordham. As Muhammad predicted, the Hoyas are hungry for a win at home.

In last year’s game between Lehigh and Georgetown, Lehigh defeated Georgetown, 34-12, at home, giving the Hawks the Patriot League Championship and a spot in the NCAA FCS Playoffs. Lehigh was led by senior wide receiver Ryan Spadola, with seven catches for 131 yards, as well as an interception returned for a touchdown by senior defensive back Bryan Andrews. The Hawks pulled away in the third quarter with 14 unanswered points.

Lehigh goes into their second Patriot League matchup of the season with a perfect record thus far. However, the players find their 6-0 record unimportant.

“Once you get to league play, your previous schedule is irrelevant, because one loss in the league could lose your the chance at the title,” Muhammad said.

The Lehigh signal caller reflected Muhammed’s sentiments regarding their upcoming game.

“Being 6-0 is very rewarding, yet we believe our season is just beginning since Patriot League play is what can make or break our season,” Colvin said. “So in essence being 6-0 really doesn’t mean much, because on our mind we are 0-0.”

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