BANGOR – Northern Lehigh’s quarterback Dylan Hofmann threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the fourth quarter to hand Bangor their first loss of the season Friday night at Bangor Memorial Park, 20-7.
Bangor (7-1) and Northern Lehigh (7-1) are tied for second place in the Colonial League behind undefeated Pen Argyl 8-0.
With 1:05 remaining in the first half and goose eggs up on the scoreboard, Hofmann took the punt and followed his blockers all the way to the end zone for a 72-yard punt return.
Northern Lehigh provided the only points in the first half, 6-0. In a defensive battle Northern Lehigh had the slight edge in the halftime stats. The Bulldogs had 165 total yards of offense (114 yards rushing). Bangor had 133 total yards of offense.
Bangor’s defense stopped the fake punt and took over on downs to start the third quarter. Bangor got their only score of the game in the third quarter.
It was Josh Wing time. Bangor drove 58 yards on five plays. Wing carried all five plays, rushing for 19, 6, 17, 2 and finished the drive off with a 15-yard touchdown run. Robert Naylor’s kick put Bangor up 7-6 with 5:46 remaining in the third quarter.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Northern Lehigh was facing a fourth down and three on Bangor’s 17-yard line. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Hofmann scrambled to his right and found Trevor Yashur in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown pass to give Northern Lehigh the lead, 13-7.
Hofmann scored his third touchdown of the night. He faked the handoff, went in for an 11-yard run and his two-point conversion added insurance as Northern Lehigh led 20-7 with 5:10 remaining in the game.
The Bulldogs’ defense stopped a late drive by Bangor. Darien Middaugh intercepted a Ryan Hydock pass and Northern Lehigh took over with 2:53 remaining. Northern Lehigh ran out the clock for the win.
Dylan Hofmann passed for 97 yards and rushed for 25 yards. Running back Trevor Yashur rushed for 104 yards.
Bangor was led by Josh Wing’s 169 yards.
Northern Lehigh hosts Catasauqua next Friday night. Bangor will try and start a new win streak on the road next Friday night against Northwestern Lehigh.
Final 1st 2nd 3rd 4th T
Northern Lehigh 0 6 0 14 20
Bangor 0 0 7 0 7
NL – Dylan Hofman 72-yard punt return
B – Josh Wing 15-yard run
NL – Trevor Yashur 18-yard pass from Hofmann
NL – Hofmann 11-yard run