Rawl­ings, Bull­dogs top Le­high in opener

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - SPORTS -

BETH­LE­HEM, PA. » Kurt Rawl­ings threw for four touch­downs, Zane Dudek ran for two scores, and Yale opened its sea­son with a 56-28 win over Le­high on Satur­day to take the Yank Townsend Tro­phy from the Moun­tain Hawks.

Rawl­ings hit Melvin Rouse II on a 37-yard TD pass on the Bull­dogs’ open­ing drive, and later found him for a 31-yard TD pass in the third quar­ter to make it 34-21. Rawl­ings was 20 of 26 for 308 yards pass­ing, with a 43-yard TD pass to Christo­pher Wil­liams-Lopez and an 11-yarder to JP Sho­hfi.

The Bull­dogs con­verted two turnovers into scores and broke the game open on Rawl­ings’ TD pass to Sho­hfi af­ter Ryan Burke re­cov­ered Brad Mayes’ fum­ble on the Le­high 25.

Dudek rushed for 131 yards on nine car­ries, scor­ing on a

69-yard run for the Bull­dogs in the third and on a 29-yarder in the fourth.

Mayes was 18 of 31 for 304 yards pass­ing for Le­high, which lost its third straight. He hit Casey on a 66-yard scor­ing strike in the third and Jorge Por­tor­real on a 53-yarder in the fourth.

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