Offensive Line, Defense Shine in 34-0 Victory

Photo by Matt O'Haren
Photo by Matt O'Haren

(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson football team posted its first shutout since 2015, holding McDaniel College scoreless to claim a 34-0 Centennial Conference match up on Saturday afternoon at Biddle Field. The Red Devils received some outstanding play from the offensive line as well as they produced 369 yards of offense on the day.

The Red Devil line opened some big holes and junior running back Phillip Butler (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) took advantage, rushing for 118 yards and three touchdowns, including one from 20 yards and another from 18.

Defensively, senior James Turner (Ridgefield, Conn./Suffield Academy) reached double figures with 11 tackles, eight solos and a big tackle-for-loss late in the game. Brian Snow (Media, Pa./Episcopal) had another big game as well, recording nine stops and stalling a McDaniel drive with an interception in the end zone and returning it 34 yards.

The Red Devils won the coin toss and elected to receive to start the game. They used just three plays and 47 seconds to put a touchdown on the board as junior Tim Graham (Darien, Conn./Darien) connected with junior Christopher Longo (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) for a 69-yard scoring strike.

The teams traded punts before senior Jeremy Walsh (Shickshinny, Pa./Northwest Area) capped an eight-play drive with a four-yard run at the 5:39 mark of the first quarter.

Dickinson tacked on another score with 12:40 remaining in the first half. Butler broke free for a 20-yard run and then scored from 22 yards out to stretch the lead to 20-0, following a blocked extra-point.

Junior Taj DeFrance (Glassboro, N.J./Glassboro) returned an interception to the McDaniel 13-yard line to set the stage for two-yard score by Butler to give Dickinson a 27-0 lead at halftime.

Butler would find pay dirt once more, scoring on an 18-yard run at the midpoint of the third quarter to close out the scoring at 34-0.

Jordan Hollander (Dalton, Pa./Abington Heights) pinned the Green Terror with a beautiful punt to the five-yard line and then returned the ensuing punt from the Green Terror to the McDaniel 27.

Hollander averaged 36.6 yards per punt with a long of 50 and had three returns for 44 yards to go with five solo tackles that included a 13-yard sack and a pair of pass break ups.

Graham finished the day 9-for-17 for 206 yards passing while Longo hauled in three catches, covering 116 yards to go with his touchdown.

Both teams move to 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the Centennial Conference. The Red Devils are on the road next Saturday, traveling to Franklin & Marshall for the Conestoga Wagon game. Opening kick-off is set for 1:00 pm.