CARLISLE, Pa. - The Dickinson football team earned their first win of the 2021 season with a 34-3 win over the rival Gettysburg College Bullets on Saturday afternoon at Biddle Field in the annual Battle for the Bucket.
Dickinson got off to a strong start on the opening drive of the game as Diante Ball touched the ball on six consecutive plays racking up 51 yards mostly on the ground to move the ball down to the Gettysburg 23. Caleb Pruitt making his first start of the season found Robert Geiss for 13 to move it down to the Bullets 10 before the drive stalled out leading to a Raleigh Wynot 23-yard kick for a 3-0 lead.
After the Bullets opening drive ended in a punt, the Red Devils added to their lead as a Ball ten-yard rush aided by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty resulted in a 25-yard Wynot kick to push the margin to 6-0.
The next three possessions between the sides did not result in any points sending the game to the second at just 6-0. After a 61-yard punt from Doug Cummings, DC put the ball in play at their own 28 with 11:43 to go in the half. Pruitt found Geiss twice to push the ball to the 37. Then, Pruitt completed back-to-back passes to Bryce Peterson and Johnny Knight getting the Devils just outside the redzone. The home side kept chipping away at the yardage until six plays later they got their reward as Geiss acting as the wildcat QB tossed a three-yard score to Devlin McCool stretching it to 13-0.
It would stay that way until late in the quarter as DC setup shop on the DC47 thanks to a Taj DeFrance interception. Pruitt would have two big plays on the drive with completions to Peterson for 33yds and Geiss adding 17, before he hit Princeton Douglass for three yards and the 20-0 advantage just prior to the half.
Dickinson made it 27-0 on their opening drive of the third taking advantage of a Bullets fumble with a 3-play, 52-yard drive that took up just 1:14 as Ball took it to the house on a three-yard carry. The drive was sparked by a 34-yard completion to Douglass.
Gettysburg's best drive to that point came to a screeching halt with 7:42 remaining when Mason Stolarik was picked in the endzone by Alex Sulin. Four plays later the Devils scored their final points of the game when Pruitt connected with Peterson for 39-yards and a score making it 34-0 with 9:31 gone.
On the ensuing possession for the visitors, the quarterback duo of Aidan Feulner on the ground and Stolarik through the air led the Bullets down to the Dickinson 27 where the drive finished with a 44-yard Doug Cummings field goal.
The only scoring opportunity of the fourth appeared to be a Red Devils field goal, but the snap could not be handled by the holder and the game finished 34-3.
Dickinson heads on the road for the first time this season when they visit Susquehanna University in Centennial Conference action next Saturday at 1 p.m.