Senior running back Dom Bragalone runs down the field during The Rivalry game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Fisher Stadium. Bragalone was named the MVP of the game. (Kate Morrell/B&W Staff)

Football dominates Lafayette in 154th meeting of The Rivalry


In the 154th meeting of college football’s longest-played rivalry, Lehigh defeated Lafayette College 34-3 at Fisher Stadium in Easton, PA. Senior running back Dom Bragalone was named the game’s MVP. 

Lehigh (3-8, 2-4 Patriot) got the scoring started on the first snap of the game. Lehigh defensive lineman Julian Lynn forced a sack-fumble by Lafayette quarterback Sean O’Malley, and Lehigh defensive lineman Davis Maxie returned the ball for a touchdown.

On their next drive, the Mountain Hawks made it all the way to the one yard line before being forced to kick a field goal on fourth down. Lehigh kicker Ed Mish had two field goals in the contest.

The first offensive TD of the game came on a one-yard rush by Bragalone. 

Lafayette (3-8, 2-4 Patriot) finally got on the board with 7:35 left in the first half with a field goal by kicker Jeffrey Kordenbrock.

To open the scoring in the second half, Bragalone ran in a 3 yard touchdown. The carry was his 51st career touchdown, breaking Lehigh’s all-time touchdown record.

The Mountain Hawk defensive unit stood tall throughout the game, allowing only a field goal in the contest. Senior defensive back Donavon Harris had an interception in the third quarter, his second of the season and the team’s fifth. 

Bragalone broke Lehigh’s all-time career scoring record with his 312th point on a touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He finished the contest with 107 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Mayes was 15-for-28 and threw for 165 yards. 

The game marked the end of both team’s seasons as neither school qualified for the postseason.

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