Setting the Stage
For the first time since November 16, 2019, the Dickinson College football team will play a regular-season contest when they open up the 2021 campaign with a visit from the No. 17 Randolph-Macon College Yellow Jackets on Saturday afternoon at Biddle Field. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.
For the first time in program history, there will be no hard copy programs available at Biddle Field as all Red Devil gameday programs have gone digital. The link for the program will be made active on the schedule page and included in the game preview at least 24-hours prior to kick. There will also be scannable QR codes posted around the complex.
Scouting the Red Devils
It is hard to know exactly what the 2021 season holds in store for the Devils having not played a game in nearly two years. Head Coach Brad Fordyce is entering his fifth season at the helm of the program and has a nice mix of both new and returning talent that will try to make their mark in the Centennial Conference this year.
Senior Tim Graham is back to lead the passing attack after throwing for 1,762 yards and ten touchdowns during the 2019 season. He is joined in the room by fellow senior Robert Geiss and junior Caleb Pruitt who combined to toss for 552 yards and three TDs.
Geiss is also the leading returning rusher for the Red Devils having racked up 407 yards with four scores during the 2019 slate. Junior Bryce Baylor added 129 yards on a 16.1 yards per carry average. Rookie Diante Ball along with others will look to contribute in the ground game.
Junior Daniel Bathon and sophomore Bryce Peterson joined together for 36 catches recording 480 yards, but just one touchdown. First-years Princeton Douglass and Andrew Reale, along with Johnny Knight and Zyon Jenkins will provide depth.
Knight does damage on both ends of the field having made 49 tackles, including 35 solo stops and four tackles for loss. The top returning defender for Dickinson is redshirt-junior Brian Snow who led the way with 54 solo tackles as well as helping out on 42 others. He also made six tackles for loss accounting for 28 yards. Defensive backs Taj DeFrance and Dominic Fusco added a combined 49 tackles.
Scouting the Yellow Jackets
Randolph-Macon comes into the season with a big target on their chests having been named the preseason No. 17 team in the nation as well as the preseason choice to win the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Yellow Jackets are led by 18-year head coach Pedro Arruza.
RMC is not a pass-heavy team as their leading returning passer is Presley Egbers who went 84-137 in 2019 for just eight touchdowns. As a team that year they only threw for a total of 1,972, while rushing for a combined 2,402. Their ground game is paced by Egbers and Andrew Ihle who joined together for nine tds. The top returning receivers for the Jackets are Tim Hanratty and Justin DeLeon as the duo accounted for 30 receptions and 412 yards.
Defensively, as a team the Black and Yellow picked up 49 tackles for loss, led by Matthew Vergara and his 6.5 tfls for ten yards. Erik Harris and Stephen Richardson each added double-digit solo stops, with Harris helping out on 16 others.