Behind running game, Mt. Lebanon rolls
Luke Hagy has had a number of outstanding games for Mt. Lebanon this season but none quite like he had Friday night.
The junior running back ran 28 times for 317 yards and two touchdowns, as the Class AAAA No. 3 Blue Devils defeated Bethel Park, 21-7, at Mt. Lebanon Stadium.
"It shows that our line is playing great this year," Hagy said. "I'm finding the holes, and it's working out so far."
Hagy scored from 71 yards on the first play from scrimmage, then added an 89-yarder in the third quarter. The junior has rushed for 1,265 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.
He also contributed in the passing game yesterday. On fourth-and-8 with 10:34 left in the second, he picked up a heavy blitz from the outside. That gave quarterback Pat Goff time to find Paul Lang in the end zone for a 29-yard score that gave the Blue Devils (7-0, 3-0) a 14-7 lead.
Bethel Park star Bre' Ford had 183 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 carries, but a costly fumble changed the momentum. Down, 14-7, Bethel Park (3-4, 1-2) drove to the Mt. Lebanon 5-yard line to open the second half. On first-and-goal, Ford was hit by Paul Lang, knocking the ball loose. Tim Cwalina recovered the fumble for Mt. Lebanon.
"We made some key mistakes, and that's hard to swallow," Bethel Park coach Jeff Metheny said.
Two plays later, Hagy ran for a 89-yard touchdown to put Mt. Lebanon up, 21-7.
Ford ran 54 yards for a touchdown that tied the score, 7-7, in the first quarter. After trading possessions, the Blackhawks appeared to have Mt. Lebanon stopped. However, a Blue Devils punt bounced off Shakeil Carter, who was blocking a gunner.
Mt. Lebanon's John McCarty recovered, leading to the Lang touchdown catch that put the Blue Devils up for good.