(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson football team kept possession of the Little Brown Bucket for the third straight year, turning back visiting Gettysburg College, 30-7, on Saturday. The Red Devils turned in an outstanding performance in front of a lively crowd of alumni, including the 2006 Centennial Conference Championship team. The game marked the 50th meeting between the two schools when the Bucket has been on the line.
The Bullets took an early lead as Kevin Sawtell blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown with just under four minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Red Devils countered on the very next drive when sophomore Phillip Butler (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) broke free for a 39-yard scoring run.
Dickinson took the lead just moments later as senior co-captain James Turner (Ridgefield, Conn./Suffield Academy) picked-off Mike Welsh and scampered down left sideline for a 42-yard touchdown to put the Red Devils up, 14-7.
The defense came up big again with a Matt Butz (Monkton, Md./Hereford) fumble recovery on the Gettysburg 34-yard line. That led to a beautiful catch in the end zone by Jake Walbert (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) on an 11-yard toss from Billy Burger (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) as he returned under center, getting the start on Saturday.
The Red Devils kept the pressure on, opening the third quarter with a 20-yard field-goal to stretch the lead to 23-7, at the 11:34 mark.
Back-to-back sacks from John Minicozzi (Media, Pa./Episcopal Academy), Thomas Nocka (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley), and a crushing blow from Brian Snow (Media, Pa./Episcopal) forced a turnover-on-downs. That set up a four-yard touchdown pass from Burger to sophomore Christopher Longo (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield), with 5:31 to play in the third quarter.
The Red Devils put together a couple of solid drives in the fourth quarter but were unable to find more pay-dirt in the final stretch.
Burger went 24-for-39, throwing for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Daniel Salamone (Great Falls, Va./Langley) made eight catches for 78 yards while Longo covered 53 yards on five receptions on the afternoon.
Turner finished with seven tackles to go with his interception return. Butz added a 36-yard interception return to his fumble recovery, adding five tackles, including four solo stops. Snow and Nocka each talled six tackles.
The win marks the third straight for the Red Devils while Head Coach Brad Fordyce improves to 2-0 in the series. The Red Devils improve to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the Centennial Conference.
The Red Devils are on the road next weekend, traveling to Johns Hopkins University on Saturday for a 1:00 pm kick-off.