Total Team Effort Leads Red Devils Past Green Terror

Total Team Effort Leads Red Devils Past Green Terror

CARLISLE, Pa. - The Dickinson football team racked up 336 yards and forced three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball to earn their second Centennial Conference victory of the season with a 24-6 win over visiting McDaniel College on Saturday afternoon at Biddle Field. 

After both teams exchanged three-and-outs to start the game the visitors would take the lead on a ten-play drive that was capped off by a 29-yard Peyton Denlinger field goal to make it 3-0 with 8:28 left in the first.

The next Dickinson drive began with two straight touches for Princeton Douglass as he advanced the ball to the DC36. Then, the Tim Graham to Robert Geiss connection went to work hooking up for completions of 17 and 10 yards. Diante Ball rushed twice to put the rock at the MC22, before Graham hit Devlin McCool for a 22-yard score (Raleigh Wynot kick).

McDaniel's next drive stalled at their own 16 resulting in a Denlinger punt that set the Devs up right at midfield. With Caleb Pruitt leading the offense DC got the ball down to the MC28 where he hit Daniel Bathon for nine yards and Ball gained ten on the ground to end the first. Three plays into the second the hosts made it 14-3 as Pruitt hit Geiss for a ten-yard touchdown (Wynot kick). 

On the ensuing Green Terror drive, John Allan Fergeson moved the ball up to the DC44, before throwing a pass that was intercepted by Keon Eady at the 12 ending the threat. The combination of Ball and Douglass on the ground advanced the ball out to the 46-yardline. Pruitt then hooked up with Geiss twice for grabs of 21 and 13 to set up first-and-ten inside the redzone. A rush from Ball brought the possession to the nine, before stalling out leading to a Wynot 25-yard kick stretching the lead to 17-3 with 5:32 left in the half.

A pick of Fergeson by Tommy Buchert setup the Red Devils at the MC10 with 1:50 to go. Bryce Baylor would be stuffed once, prior to bursting through the hole and into the house two plays later for a 24-3 advantage (Wynot kick).

McDaniel would pick up points just before the break thanks to big pass plays to Wesley Nchinda and Hunter Sigler moving the ball down to the DC15. Then, on the final play of the half Denlinger capped off the scoring on the afternoon with a 32-yard boot to trim the gap to 24-6. 

Neither team was able to threaten the endzone in the second half for the most part as the only scoring chance came late in the third when Denlinger missed a 41-yard field goal wide right. Dickinson was knocking on the door on the final drive of the game getting all the way down to the MC6 on runs by Ball, Baylor, and Douglass, but ultimately took a knee to end the game.

Next Up

The Red Devils are off next week due to the Centennial Conference wide bye. Dickinson gets back to work on Saturday, October 16th when they head to Bethlehem for a 1 p.m. kickoff against the Grayhounds of Moravian.