It was a 40-6 home win Friday night for the Lehighton Indians football team over the Marian Catholic Colts. After suffering a 26-0 shutout loss against Central Columbia last Friday, the Indians were hungry for a win.
The first score of the game came on a pass from quarterback Lucas Sangiuliano to tight end Ben Schatz for a 17-yard touchdown to put the Indians up 6-0, after the extra point attempt was no good. With 6:21 left in the first quarter, Schatz hit freshman wide receiver Ian Rarick increasing the Indians lead to 12-0 after a failed two-point conversion. The Colts scored their first and only touchdown of the game at the end of the first quarter, cutting the Indians lead to 12-6.
Schatz pulled off the trifecta with a 64-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter. This gave him a passing, receiving, and rushing touchdown in the first half. Schatz was unwilling to take credit for his impressive play. He said, “I give credit to the line and receivers for blocking for me, and Lucas [Sangiuliano] for giving me a great ball on the pass.”
During the second quarter, Marian was driving down the field until Sangiuliano picked off a pass to give the Indians possession of the ball at their own 15-yard line. With just 1:07 left in the first half, Sangiuliano hit sophomore receiver Hunter Crum for a 30-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion was good, and the Indians were up 26-6 against the Colts at halftime.
Sangiuliano proved to be huge for the Indians offense, adding another 8-yard touchdown run for the Indians with 8:13 left in the third quarter. After Lehighton opened the second half scoring, the Colts held the Indians offense for the rest of the third quarter and most of the fourth quarter. With time winding down on the clock, the Indians capped off a 92-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run from running back Brandon Ramirez with 35 seconds left in the game.
After the win, Sangiuliano commented, “It’s good to finally get our offense rolling and put up points.” The Indians offense will hope to continue the scoring next week in a Thursday night matchup against Panther Valley with a start time of 7:00.
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