Lehigh football head coach Kevin Cahill addresses the team during the first practice of the season on Aug. 3, 2023. Cahill won his first game as Lehigh head coach against Merrimack on Sept. 9. (Courtesy of Lehigh Sports)

Whatever the weather, Lehigh football wins first game of the season


Following a location change, the Lehigh football team was able to secure their first win of the season against Merrimack on Saturday. 

Inclement weather struct North Andover, Massachusetts, Friday night, forcing Lehigh’s second game of the season to be played at Harvard Stadium. 

While the game was still scheduled to start on time, more severe weather forced the game into a two-hour and 15-minute delay.

The Mountain Hawks were able to adapt quickly and come out victorious, outscoring Merrimack 14-12 and giving coach Kevin Cahill his first Lehigh win. 

Lehigh fell behind during the first quarter following a 32-yard field goal from Merrimack’s kicker Lliam Davis, but they were able to push ahead following two touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Brayten Silbor to senior wide receiver Connor Kennedy. 

The Mountain Hawks led 14-6 at the half. 

Merrimack threatened the Mountain Hawks lead early in the second half with a touchdown run from sophomore quarterback Gavin McCusker bringing the score to 14-12. 

After a scoreless fourth quarter, the Mountain Hawks were able to hold on to their lead and win their first game since Nov. 12, 2022.

Lehigh will look to continue this success against Cornell at Goodman Stadium on Sept. 16 at noon.

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