Football welcomes Lehigh to Princeton Stadium on Saturday

Football welcomes Lehigh to Princeton Stadium on Saturday

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By Craig Sachson
Princeton TigersFootball.com

Home Sweet Home •

Princeton head into their home game having won 14 of their last 15 at Princeton Stadium, including all four of last season. The last time Princeton had a similar series at home was between 1951 and 1953.

three-peat • Princeton is looking for its first three-game winning streak against Lehigh since a trio of wins in 1987, 1992 and 1993; current head coach Bob Surace was a sophomore on the 1987 team.

We are honored • Princeton had two players recognized by the Ivy League after Week 1. senior punter will powers was named Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week while freshman ran back Ryan Butler was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Butler averaged 48.7 yards per punt, including a 64 long, while Butler rushed for 67 yards and two touchdowns seven times in his collegiate debut.

The butler did it • Ryan Butler was the first freshman from Princeton in the 2000s to score multiple touchdowns in his collegiate debut. He hit on a one-yard streak for Princeton’s first touchdown of the season and added a 25-yard streak to finish the goal in a 39-14 win.

Andrei the giant • senior far Andrei Iosivas also recorded one game with multiple touchdowns and had five-yard and 10-yard catches in the second quarter. Iosivas now has three multiple touchdown games in his career, including a 117-yard performance with two touchdowns in the 2021 Lehigh Road Victory.

New face, same result • Princeton has started a different starting quarterback in each of the last five season openers, and each deserves a win. Last weekend, junior Blake Stenstrom threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Stetson. He completed nearly 70% of his passes and added 14 rushes for 37 yards.

conversion table • The Stetson offense converted on three of their first four third-down attempts last weekend, including one on a long touchdown pass and one on a penalty. The Princeton defense kept them without a single conversion on the last nine occasions of the game.

grounded • Princeton allowed -10 yards rushing last weekend. Part of the strong run defense came because of the pass rush when Stetson quarterback Brady Meitz was sacked five times for a 34-yard loss.

multiple selection • Eighteen Princeton defenders recorded multiple tackles in Stetson’s win. linebacker Joseph Bonczek led all Tigers with six tackles while both Matthew Jester and Ryan Ives added four stops per piece.

Scout Lehigh

The Mountain Hawks go into the weekend with a 2-1 record despite both losses to ranked teams. Last weekend they conceded 374 yards for passing and three touchdowns in the first half in a 30-6 loss to Richmond. In their two losses that season, Lehigh was surpassed 51-14.

The offense is well distributed in both running and passing. Lehigh has three backs with at least 20 carries this season, including team leader Gaige Garcia, who averages 48 yards per game but has only had two rushing touchdowns this season. Three different receivers have caught at least 10 passes, but nobody has received more than a touchdown in their first three games.

Quarterback Dante Perri completes nearly 62% of his passes for 553 yards and four touchdowns, including a 77-yard smash against Zaythan Hill last week. Perry played half the game against Princeton last season, completing 12 of 17 passes for 62 yards.

Defensively, Lehigh is allowing over 33 points per game and struggling to come off the field on third downs (47.4%). The Mountain Hawks haven’t forced a turnover this season either. The team has had several strong individual performances, including one by TyGee Lynch, who lost 30 tackles and 5.5 tackles in three games. Both Mike DeNucci and Nate Norris have 20 tackles each, while Norris and Sam Sheridan share the team lead with two sacks.

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