CARLISLE, Pa. - The Dickinson football will look to head into the conference mandated bye-week next week on a high note as they go for win number two on Saturday afternoon when they host McDaniel College in a Centennial Conference clash at Biddle Field.
Location: Carlisle, Pa. (Biddle Field)
Kick-off: 1 p.m.
Records: Red Devils (1-3, 1-2 Centennial), McDaniel (1-3, 1-2 Centennial)
Head Coaches: Dickinson - Brad Fordyce (5th season, 13-21), McDaniel - DeMarcus White (3rd season, 4-10)
Last Meeting: Dickinson won 34-0 on October 19, 2019 in Carlisle.
Game Program: 10-2 vs Green Terror
Inside the Devils Den
Dickinson comes into Saturday's matchup after falling 31-14 at Susquehanna University in the Red Devils first road game of the 2021 season. The Devils have owned the matchup in recent history having won 13 of the last 15 meetings, with their last setback coming in 2016 by a 14-7 final.
On the season so far DC has averaged 20.5 points per game while allowing just under 25 per contest to the opposition. The offense is averaging 353.3 yards which include 289 of that coming through the air. Their defense has been holding the fort down as much as possible giving up 339 yards to the competition, with 130 of that on the ground.
Tim Graham and Caleb Pruitt shared snaps at quarterback last week against the River Hawks with the two of them combining for 346 yards on 24-45 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions. Princeton Douglass and Robert Geiss were the favorite targets which each of them bringing down seven balls for over 100 yards with Geiss leading the way at 147, including a 97-yard td. Daniel Bathon and Johnny Knight combined for eight catches and 82-yards. Diante Ball, Zyon Jenkins, and Bryce Peterson each added one grab.
Dickinson struggled on the ground as they racked up 22 yards on 22 carries for an average of 1.0 per attempt. Geiss led the way with 14 yards, followed by Ball (13) and Bryce Baylor (10). For the season Ball has been the leader picking up 156 yards to average 4.1 yards per carry with a td.
Chris Klem was the leading tackler for the Red Devils last Saturday making ten stops, with seven of them being made solo. Tommy Buchert added nine tackles, while Keon Eady and Brian Snow chipped in six each. P.J. Angeli, Dominic Fusco, Buchert, and Klem all recorded tackles for loss on the day as well. Snow continues to pace the team for the year with a team-high 43 tackles, with Buchert sitting in second at 34. The ballhawks for the Devils so far have been Taj DeFrance and Alex Sulin who each have a pair of interceptions.
On special teams, Raleigh Wynot has gone two-for-four on field goal tries with a long of 25-yards and 10-11 on extra-point attempts. Geiss has had 18 punts totaling 643 yards averaging 35.7 yards per kick and one downed inside the 20-yardline.
The Green Terror enters the game in search of stopping a two-game skid after dropping a 23-0 decision at home to No. 24 Muhlenberg last Saturday.
For the year McDaniel is averaging just 8.5 points per game while giving up 26.8. They are picking up 205 yards per game with 110 coming by way of air. Their passing defense has been suspect so far allowing 296 through the air and surrender just 83 yards on the ground.
John Allan Furgeson is the main conductor of the Terror offense throwing for 410 yards on 43-91 attempts for a 47.3% completion percentage. He has thrown four interceptions, but no touchdowns so far this year. Furgeson has hit 15 different receivers on the season with no one eclipsing the 100-yard mark yet. Sean Carter, Matteo DeGennaro, Cameron Garcia, and Owen Reese each have a team-high six catches, with DeGennaro racking up the most yardage at 90.
It has been running back by committee for McDaniel as a dozen different players have touches led by Daqwan Hill who has 27 carries for 81 yards. Aaron Pray III is hot on Hill's heels as he has 26 rushes for 71 total yards. Jonathan Thompson has the Green Terror's lone rushing touchdown.
The duo of Nah'shon Godfrey and Anthony Gorgone have led the defense with both of them totaling over 30 tackles, including three turnovers forced and 2.5 tackles for loss. The trio of Habeeb Baba, Mason Brown, and Kai Leibfried each have more than 20 stops, combining for 74 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, and one sack.
Peyton Denlinger is the kicking specialist for McDaniel knocking home 2-3 field goal attempts and 4-4 extra points. He has also punted 25 times for 825 yards resulting in a 33.0 yard average with eight landing inside the 20, while having two blocked.