SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Dickinson football team fell behind 14-0 early and could never recover as the Red Devils fell 31-14 on Saturday afternoon to the Susquehanna University River Hawks in Centennial Conference action.
The Red Devils defense was stout early forcing a pair of three-and-outs on the first two home possessions. However, after a DC fumble gave the Hawks a short-field, Susquehanna struck four plays later when Frankie Negrini rushed into the house for a 7-0 lead with 6:41 to go in the first.
The ensuing Devils possession stalled resulting in a Robert Geiss punt. Michael Ruisch found Jacob Erb for 20 yards to put the ball just outside the redzone. A run by Dashon Bundy to the 14, led to Ruisch hitting Kyle Good for a touchdown.
Dickinson stemmed the tide on their next drive after Tim Graham connected with Johnny Knight for 21-yards and Princeton Douglass for another 25 to setup first down at the Susquehanna 3. On the next play, Bryce Baylor would pick up two yards before having the ball punched from his hands. However, he would recover it himself and then run the ball into the endzone on the following play to cut it down to 14-7 early in the second.
Susquehanna would add ten more points prior to the half with Ruisch capping a six-play drive with a one-yard keeper and then Elijah Hoffman chipped in a 39-yard kick at the halftime horn to make it 24-7.
The River Hawks forced a Red Devils three-and-out to begin half number two, before picking up their final points on the game with their first drive of the third quarter.
With 4:24 to play in the quarter, DC faced a third-and-ten from their own three-yardline, but that did not scare Graham as he hit Geiss for a 97-yard strike. Raliegh Wynot added the point after to make it 31-14.
Dickinson returns to Biddle Field next Saturday at 1 p.m. to host McDaniel College in Centennial Conference play.