Bragalone shines for Mountain Hawks

From staff and wire reports

LEWISBURG — Dominick Bragalone rushed for 136 yards with three touchdowns and Lehigh overwhelmed Bucknell 42-21 on Saturday.

Bragalone, from South Williams­port, busted a 44-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter to put Lehigh up 14-7 in what was his fifth consecutive 100-yard game. Bucknell fumbled the ensuing kickoff and four plays later Bragalone pounded it in from the 7. The Mountain Hawks forced a three-and-out and scored on their next possession on Micco Brisker’s 22-yard run. Lehigh (3-6, 3-1 Patriot League) led 35-14 at intermission.

Brisker finished with 58 yards on 12 carries and Brad Mayes went 15 of 22 for 175 yards with two TD passes to Gatlin Casey, who caught four passes for 76 yards. Troy Pelletier added nine catches for 97 yards.

Bucknell (4-5, 1-3) was led by Chad Freshnock with a career-high 174 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries, including an 85-yard gallop — fifth-longest in school history.

Bragalone now has 999 yards and 12 touchdowns on 171 carries. He can clear the 1,000-yard mark for the third time in his three seasons when Lehigh hosts Holy Cross.

Bragalone finished with more yards than five of Bucknell’s 2017 opponents: Marist (24), Holy Cross (134), Sacred Heart (95), Cornell (120) and Lafayette (96). With 134, Monmouth’s Eric Zokouri previously led all opponents in rushing yards against the Bison this fall.

The Bison next host Georgetown in their final home game of the 2017 campaign next Saturday. Before the game, they will celebrate their 19-man senior class.

Lehigh 28 7 7 0 –42

Bucknell 7 7 0 7 –21

First Quarter

LEH–Casey 8 pass from Mayes (Mish kick), 9:54.

BUCK–Freshnock 85 run (Burdick kick), 8:49.

LEH–Bragalone 44 run (Mish kick), 8:33.

LEH–Bragalone 7 run (Mish kick), 6:43.

LEH–Brisker 22 run (Mish kick), 1:03.

Second Quarter

BUCK–Freshnock 23 run (Burdick kick), 10:49.

LEH–Bragalone 29 run (Mish kick), 6:52.

Third Quarter

LEH–Casey 47 pass from Mayes (Mish kick), 2:04.

Fourth Quarter

BUCK–Freshnock 2 run (Burdick kick), 1:06.

LEH BUCK

First downs 21 16

Rushes-yards 43-190 26-198

Passing 193 144

Comp-Att-Int 17-25-1 22-37-2

Return Yards 81 132

Punts-Avg. 4-44.5 6-42.8

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-2

Penalty-Yards 8-61 9-79

Time of Possession 33:43 26:17

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Lehigh, D. Bragalone 21-136, M. Brisker 12-58, N. Amankwah-Ayeh 6-8, B. Mayes 4-(minus 12). Bucknell, C. Freshnock 16-174, O. Garcia 3-11, M. Carter 4-8, M. Muh 3-5.

PASSING–Lehigh, B. Mayes 17-25-1-193. Bucknell, M. Muh 22-37-2-144.

RECEIVING–Lehigh, T. Pelletier 9-97, G. Casey 5-88, J. Portorreal 3-8. Bucknell, M. Ademilola 7-48, O. Garcia 2-34, A. Podbielski 3-16, J. Bethea 2-13, A. Butler 3-12, C. Freshnock 3-10, M. Balzofiore 1-6, K. Kinner 1-5.