Building a 27-0 second quarter lead over host Fort Loramie, Lehman held on to win its third straight, 33-20, in a match up of Division VI, Region 24 independents. Both teams are 3-2.
Suddenly, Lehman’s 0-2 start doesn’t look so disappointing. The Cavaliers lost to Anna (4-1) and Milton-Union (5-0). They’ve since beaten Indian Lake, Jefferson Twp. and Loramie.
“We knew our first three games were going to be tough,” Lehman coach Dick Roll said. “Indian Lake is a good team. We let the Anna game get away from us and Milton-Union hammered on us, which we kind of expected. We still have a long ways to go but the kids are practicing hard and they are getting after it.”
With games against Grove City Christian, Troy Christian and Middletown Christian awaiting, the Cavs should be riding a six-game win streak into a Week 9 showdown at D-V unbeaten and state ranked Hamler Patrick Henry (5-0).
Should the Cavs stretch their win streak to six, it would be the second consecutive season Lehman overcame a slow start to win six straight. Last year the Cavs started 0-3 before finishing 6-5 with a Region 24 playoff berth.
“Last year it happened the same way,” senior two-way standout Dan Jacob said. “For the second year in a row we finally figured out we had to work harder and play harder. The attitude has gotten a lot better since the first win and we just want to keep going with it.”
Friday, Lehman’s snowball got a little bigger rolling through Fort Loramie.
The Cavs scored 21 points in the final 5:37 of the first quarter, starting three straight possessions in Fort Loramie territory. Zach Schmitz scored Lehman’s first TD on a 5-yard run, and following a botched punt, Jacob scored on a four-yard run. He added a 31-yard score minutes later. Before Fort Loramie picked up its first first down with 10:03 left before halftime, the Redskins were down 27-0 thanks to a 29-yard pass from Corbin Peltier to Kameron Barton.
“Lehman came out and out-hit us,” Fort Loramie coach Jon McCumber said. “They got us out of our gameplan and we just never recovered. That’s definitely not the way things are supposed to go.”
Junior quarterback Jay Schulze led the Loramie offense with two 1-yard TD runs and a 20-yard TD pass to Kyle Gasson.
Defensively the Redskins shut out Lehman in the second half.
“We’re going to hear about that all week and probably the rest of the season,” Jacob said. “It’s a good lesson learned and we’ll get it fixed.”
Said Roll: “We’re disappointed we didn’t get the job done when we had an opportunity to bury them.”