Sunday, September 16, 2018

Lafayette-Monmouth follow-up: good and bad

When Lafayette lined up for its final play of the game Saturday night in Fisher Stadium, I actually had a fleeting thought: The Leopards are going to pull this off.

It was an improbable situation, but there was a good bit of improbability in the Lafayette-Monmouth game. What a fitting finish this might be.

It didn’t happen, of course, because Julius Spigner, a former Bethlehem Catholic High quarterback, never had a real leaper’s chance of grabbing the Sean O’Malley from defensive back Tymere Berry, who had him blanketed.

As the ball dropped to the turf to end the night, the guy in the press box had to ask himself:  Was this a game the Leopards could have won to stun everyone? Or, was this a game that wasn’t as close as the final 24-20 score would indicate?

The answers to those questions might both be the same: Yes.

Here’s my take.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Talk about offense can get pretty defensive

By the time John Garrett said, “There’s a lot of if’s and but’s there” at Tuesday’s media luncheon, he obviously knew he was treading on shaky ground.

But that didn’t stop him from pressing on.

Garrett has a way of making chicken salad out of just about anything he can find in the ‘fridge. A second straight game with no touchdowns wasn’t about to turn him around.

 I couldn’t get it all in the midweek print-edition story, but I thought he should have his say.

Offensively, we were really close,” he said.

All of us at the media table pretty much knew what was going to follow.