Lehigh's Hall gives Towson more room for regret, 47-12

QB who said `no' to Tigers leads Patriot League rout

October 14, 2001|By Adam S. Reisinger | Adam S. Reisinger,SUN STAFF

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The kid who got away from Towson four years ago hurt the Tigers big time yesterday.

Lehigh senior quarterback Brant Hall, from Owings Mills, put on a show with his arm and feet to lead the Mountain Hawks to a 47-12 victory before 10,645 at Goodman Stadium. The Loyola High alumnus, who was recruited by Towson, finished 18-for-25 for 283 yards and four touchdowns.

"Brant Hall was the difference for Lehigh," Towson coach Gordy Combs said. "He made some great plays."

Hall didn't throw an incompletion until the second quarter and was 4-for-4 on the opening drive, which set the tone for the rest of the day.

"I know a lot of kids on [Towson]," Hall said. "We talk trash off the field, so I'm just glad our team's able to back it up."

Lehigh has done that, starting 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League. Towson is 2-4, 1-3.

Hall turned down Towson four years ago because he wanted to get away from home rather than attend a college less than five minutes from his high school. Combs said that's common with local players, but admitted it was tough to watch Hall beat his team.

"Most local kids don't want to go close to home," he said. "It's understandable ... but you hate it when they come back to haunt you."

In the second quarter, Hall's ability to escape the rush kept the Tigers' defense at bay. Hall, who came into the game as his team's top healthy rusher -- starting tailback Dave Wilson was out with a knee injury -- ran for 58 yards.

Just before the half, he showed his elusiveness in the pocket, breaking away from Towson defensive end John Kelley and finding Dave Crockett open downfield for a 31-yard touchdown that gave Lehigh a 22-point lead and essentially put the game away.

"At the end of the half, we lose containment on the quarterback, Brant Hall gets outside, throws all the way across the field, our defensive back misses the play and they get the touchdown," Combs said. "Instead of 17-2 at halftime, now it's 24-2 and that's a big difference."

Meanwhile, almost nothing was going right for Towson starting quarterback Val Troiani. The senior, who has yet to throw a touchdown pass this year, threw just one pass in the first quarter.

When Towson did finally go to the passing game, Troiani was picked off on his next two attempts, finally getting a completion with just over six minutes left in the first half. He was replaced in the second half by Jay Amer, who was 10-for-18 for 93 yards.

(Summary, Page 12d)

Next for Towson

Opponent: Colgate

Site: Andy Kerr Stadium, Hamilton, N.Y.

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Record: 3-2

Yesterday: Idle

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