Football dominates Lafayette in 154th meeting of The Rivalry

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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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