Holy Cross averaged 22.9 points per game in 2019 and return 6’6 senior quarterback Conor Degenhardt who threw for 2,376 yards and 14 touchdowns eight interceptions last season. Degenhardt also rushed for five touchdowns.
The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the traditional fall 2020 season, but six of the seven Patriot League schools are participating in a four-game league-only regular season that will be followed by an Apr. 17 Championship Game. Lehigh made measured improvements on defense during a 2019 season in which the Mountain Hawks went 4-7 overall and 3-3 against league opponents.
Lehigh is in the South Division with Bucknell and Lafayette. Division winners will meet in the first Patriot League Championship game April 17 with the winner earning the league’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, which begin the following week. Georgetown has opted out of the spring season.
Holy Cross vs Lehigh Game Information
Date: Saturday, March 12
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: Kibbie Dome, Moscow, ID
Network: Pluto TV
Live Stream: Watch Here
Week 5 Holy Cross vs Lehigh Game Preview
The Crusaders are coming off one of their best seasons as a program since the 1980s, as their only loss in Patriot League play came by three points against the Lafayette Leopards. While Holy Cross was blown out in the first round of the playoffs 44-27 by the No. 14 Monmouth Hawks, it was still a promising season for a team that has only made the postseason three teams since moving to FCS in 1981.
With much of the roster returning as players were granted an extra year of eligibility from the cancelled 2020 fall season, Holy Cross is favored to repeat as Patriot League champions. The Crusaders have 15 seniors who are expected to be in the regular lineup, and six All-Patriot League players are back from the 2019 team.
A vastly improved defense kept the Mountain Hawks in most games during the 2019 season. The 2019 Mountain Hawks allowed 14 fewer points and 100 fewer yards of total offense than they did in 2018. Lehigh led the Patriot League in rushing defense in 2019, allowing 130.5 yards per game.
Holy Cross vs Lehigh Live Stream
The game (1 p.m. ET start time) won’t be on TV, but anyone in the US can watch Western Carolina vs Samford football live on ESPN+ right here:
The viewership for the warm-up matches is a lot less, yet several fans like to watch FCS Spring Football 2021 warm matches on live stream channels. A lot of networks are showing the live coverage of the FCS Spring Football 2021 Week 3 match. Fast internet and an excellent data pack are the requirements if you want to watch the match.
Holy Cross vs Lehigh History
In 2019, Lehigh averaged 15.7 points per game. A new signal-caller will lead the Mountain Hawks this season, with either quarterback Addison Shoup or Toledo transfer Cross Wilkinson expected to earn the starting job.