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Another quick start for Lehigh in win over VMI
By David Coulson FCS Editor Bethlehem, PA (Sports Network) - For the second week in a row, a quick start was the recipe for success for Lehigh in a 37-6 FCS victory over VMI. Sedale Threatt (14-of-19, 231 yards and three TDs passing) fired a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes in the first quarter and the Mountain Hawks added 17 points in the second quarter to go to the locker room with a 31-0 lead. Lehigh scored just once in the second half on Threatt's second TD connection of the day to tight end Troy Healion, but it was enough for an easy win for a team that plugged out 447 yards of total offense. "We talked all week about not coming out flat," said Lehigh coach Andy Coen. "In the second half we got a little conservative, but when we got back to doing the things we did in the first half, we drove right down the field." Following John Kennedy's 39-yard return on the opening kickoff, it took Threatt just six plays to get the Mountain Hawks into the end zone. His 13- yard strike on a waggle play to Healion made it 7-0 just 3:42 into the game. After VMI was stopped in the Lehigh red zone, Threatt made it 14-0 with a 52- yard bomb to Nick Johnson at the 5:45 mark of the first period. A trick play, with wide receiver Pete Donchez firing a 66-yard pass to Nick Johnson, extended the Mountain Hawks' lead to 21-0 on the first play of the second period. Freshman tailback Kwesi Kankum's 13-yard dash with 5:11 left in the half pushed the lead to 28-0 and Jason Leo added a 22-yard field goal on the final play of the half after freshman tackle Brian Jackson intercepted a VMI pass. In the first half, VMI (1-3) moved the ball well until it got into the red zone. The Keydets had 126 total yards, 88 on the ground, in the first half and added 93 yards in return yardage. But pressed against the goal line, the Mountain Hawks repeatedly came up with big defensive plays. "Defensively we played lights out all game," said Coen. "I think our kids came out and did a great job of shutting down their offense early." VMI finished with 178 yards rushing, but the lack of a consistent passing attack (6-of-11 for 83 yards) hurt the Keydets when they got in close. VMI didn't manage to score until Kyle Hughes hit Rick Goodwin in the corner of the end zone with 13 seconds left. "Anytime you play that style of offensive attack, you to have play a disciplined defense," Coen added. "I thought the guys did a great job with that. The guys did a great job of tackling. There were only a couple of broken tackles all game." 09/22 20:21:41 ET