August 01, 2017
By: Erica Rose
Well the NFL is already in training camp, which means football is right around the corner. We all know the Lehigh Valley loves their Friday nights, but let’s talk about the Saturday teams. With that, I mean Lehigh and Lafayette, a tale of two rivals. The preseason polls are out and let’s just say one side of the mountain is feeling a little better than the other.
The defending Patriot League Champions, Lehigh, are expected to pick up right where they left off, returning 11 All-League selections. The Mountain Hawks finished with a League-high 70 points and 11 first-place votes, making them number one on the list, which is selected by the 7 conference coaches and sports information directors. They are not eligible to vote for their own teams. Lehigh’s offense averaged 40.5 points per game last season, and had the sixth-ranked passing offense in the nation.
Lafayette on the other hand, is tied for the 6th and final spot with Georgetown with just 17 points. The Leopards enter a new era under first year head coach John Garrett, and are in search of a new QB. They do however, return First Team All-League senior, tight end, Dylan Wadsworth, along with senior wide receiver Matt Mrazek, who finished among the Patriot League leaders with eight receiving touchdowns.
** Lehigh opens its season on Saturday, September 2nd against Villanova.
** The Leopards will travel to Monmouth in their season opener September 2nd.