CARLISLE, Pa. - For the first time during the 2021 season the Dickinson College football team will take their show on the road as they visit Susquehanna University on Saturday afternoon for a Centennial Conference showdown.
Location: Selinsgrove, Pa. (Doug Arthur Stadium)
Kick-off: 1 p.m.
Records: Red Devils (1-2, 1-1 Centennial), Susquehanna (3-0, 2-0 Centennial)
Head Coaches: Dickinson - Brad Fordyce (5th season, 13-20), Susquehanna (7th season, 35-16)
Last Meeting: Susquehanna won 24-17 in Selinsgrove on October 5, 2019.
Scouting the Red Devils
Dickinson enters their first road game of the season feeling good after knocking off local rival Gettysburg College last Saturday in the Battle for the Bucket at Biddle Field by a score of 34-3.
After the offensive explosion, last weekend DC is now averaging 22.7 points per game on 344.3 total yards. Dickinson has been converting at over 50% in the redzone going 9-13 overall, including seven touchdowns.
Caleb Pruitt navigated the Dickinson offense to their first win of the year going 19-32 for 276 yards and two touchdowns. Robert Geiss and Connor Upham combined to go 1-2, with Geiss throwing a three-yard td pass. Tim Graham who had started the first two games for the Devils missed the contest due to injury but could return this week. The quarterback room's main targets threw the air have been Princeton Douglass and Geiss who have joined together for 25 catches producing 346 yards and one score. Bryce Peterson has chipped in nine grabs and a td, while Diante Ball has hauled in seven balls with two going for touchdowns. Johnny Knight and Devlin McCool have also added receiving scores.
Leading the team on the ground last week was Ball who totaled 113 yards with a 7.5 average and a score. He is also the leader on the season with 30 touches for 143 yards. Geiss the wildcat specialist has nine carries during the year picking up 44 yards and a score. Bryce Baylor is the only other Devil with double-digit touches toting the rock 13 times for 22 yards.
The defense this season so far has been anchored by a trio of tacklers led by Brian Snow who has racked up 37 stops, including seven tackles for loss. Tommy Buchert and Neville Krueger have each recorded over 20 tackles on the season, with Krueger accounting for 3.5 tackles for loss. The duo of Taj DeFrance and Alex Sulin have combined for four picks and one fumble recovery each. As a unit, the Red Devils have 25 stops for loss, eight sacks, six interceptions, and three fumble recoveries.
On special teams, Raleigh Wynot has converted on 50% of his field-goal attempts with a long of 25-yards and is 8-9 on extra points. Geiss has also served as the DC punter, averaging 35.1 yards per kick on 13 boots.
Inside the Nest
Susquehanna is currently unbeaten bringing a 3-0 mark into Saturday's contest. The River Hawks are coming off a 44-0 thrashing of Moravian in Centennial Conference action last week. The victory comes just one week after a five-overtime marathon in Lancaster against Franklin & Marshall which resulted in a 30-28 Hawks win.
As a team, they are scoring 39.3 points per game, while giving up just 12.7 to the opponent. Susquehanna brings a very balanced attack into the game averaging 145.3 yards on the ground to go along with 236 in the air. On the other end of the field, their defense has been stout allowing just 209 yards to the opposition per game.
Michael Ruisch leads the passing game for the River Hawks completing 61 of 99 passes for 676 yards and five touchdowns with only one interception. His favorite targets have Samuel Darrell and Eddie Nugent who have hauled in 17 and 10 receptions respectively, combining for 335 yards and two scores. Michael Lefever has added nine grabs and 111 yards.
Ruisch will be a dual-threat that the Red Devils need to watch out for as he has carried the ball 22 times for 112 yards and a pair of scores. Frankie Negrini is the other River Hawk with over 100 yards on the ground totaling 110 with five tds. Will Cardew has 21 rushes over two games played for 63 yards.
Craig Roumes (15), Riley Gaughan (14), Cameron Noble (50) and Andrew Wells (10) are the only Susquehanna defenders with double-digit tackles, which includes four stops for loss as well as 2.5 sacks. Both David Gilchrist and Roumes have recorded a pick, while four different players have forced fumbles.
Elijah Hoffman is the placekicker for the Hawks and so far has gone 5-7 on field-goal tries with a long of 37-yards. Clay Olley has punted the ball a dozen times averaging 38.7 yards with no touchbacks.