The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks hosted the High Country Grizzlies at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA on Saturday night. A win for Lehigh Valley would clinch a home playoff game. A win for High Country would inch them closer to a playoff spot.
The Steelhawks would miss a long field goal on the first drive of the game, giving High Country a first and goal to start their drive. The Grizzlies would respond by turning the ball over.
The first score of the game came with 7:50 left in the second when Warren Smith Jr. found Warren Oliver Jr. for a touchdown. High Country’s first point would come in the way of a safety when the defense was able to sack Smith Jr. in the end zone.
Lehigh Valley scored two points to make it a 9-2 score after one. After the Grizzlies tied it up, Oliver Jr scored his second touchdown to give Lehigh Valley the lead back. A Malachi Jones touchdown followed by a deuce gave the Grizzlies an 18-16 lead. The Steelhawks would score the final three touchdowns of the half, including a pick-six from Rodney Hall Jr. as time expired, to make it a 39-18 halftime score.
The two teams would go back and Roth through the third quarter, but Lehigh Valley would never allow High Country to tie the game back up, leading 60-29 after three.
It was more of the same in the fourth quarter for the Steelhawks. They dominated in both sides of the ball en route to their win. They have officially clinched a home playoff game. The game will be played on Friday, June 23 with a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff.