Lehighton head coach George Ebbert knew going into Friday night's clash with East Stroudsburg South that his team would have their hands full with their opponent. His assumption turned out to be true as the Cavaliers put on an offensive showing on the hosts' Homecoming Night to pull out the 44-8 victory.
"They're a very talented team and we knew that we would have our hands full with our lineup suffering from injuries," Ebbert admitted.
After East Stroudsburg South's initial score of the night, the Indians held strong and moved the ball well down the field, only to see an attempted field goal get returned to the East Stroudsburg 48 yard line. From there, things didn't get better for the Tribe.
As the night progressed, the mercy rule was put into effect, as the victors scored on their first six possessions of the night, building up a 44-0 lead with 4:08 remaining in the first half. At the beginning of the second half, the clock remained running and the remainder of the game seemed a formality.
The Cavaliers seemed to do no wrong, as their senior quarterback Robert Moyer connected for three passing touchdowns. Meanwhile, teammate and junior running back Collin Hegarty rushed six times for 137 yards and three scores to add to the offensive output.
Lehighton did hold their own though. They actually had nine first downs in the game, to only eight for the hosts. Individually, junior wide receiver JT Keer had two receptions for 81 yards in the game, while teammate senior back Tim Sulzer showed his strength, rushing eleven times for 73 yards. Sophomore running back Zach Coleman scored the sole touchdown for the Indians late in the game on a run of 10 yards.
Despite the final score, the Tribe showed their true pride by never giving up down the stretch.
"My kids don't quit and there were some players stepping into positions that they don't normally play," Ebbert commented. "Everyone suffers from injuries, but we haven't had the same lineup this season for consecutive weeks. However, we're going to keep trying our best, and for next week, we're going to work on tackling and try really hard to eliminate the mistakes."
The Indians face off against Stroudsburg next Friday night.