CARLISLE, Pa. - The Dickinson football team looks to retain the wagon on Saturday when they welcome Franklin & Marshall College to Biddle Field for a 1 p.m. kickoff in what is the biggest rivalry game for both teams.
The Conestoga Wagon
Since 1963, the Red Devils Devils and Diplomats have battled each other for a model of the wagon that transported the two teams to play each other in both meetings back in 1889. The trophy is a gift from former athletic directors Dave Eavenson (DC) and J. Shober Barr (F&M) and is meant to symbolize the gridiron rivalry between the two programs.
Location: Carlisle, Pa. (Biddle Field)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Records: Red Devils (2-4, 2-3 Centennial), F&M (2-4, 2-3 Centennial)
Head Coaches: Dickinson - Brad Fordyce (5th season, 14-22), F&M - John Troxell (16th season, 88-66)
Last Meeting: Devils won 17-10 in double overtime at Shadek Stadium in Lancaster on October 26, 2019.
Series History: Diplomats hold a 65-43-2 edge.
Inside the Devils Den
Dickinson enters the matchup at 2-4 after falling 21-14 last Saturday in Bethlehem at Moravian. In that game, the Devils fell behind 21-0 at the half before a second-half push came up just short.
The Red Devils are putting up 354.5 yards per game leading to 20 points on average while allowing 331.5 to the opposition to go along with 21 points. The passing game is the primary method of attack for DC racking up 257.5 per game. Dickinson is giving up 215 through the air and over 100 on the ground.
Tim Graham and Caleb Pruitt have led the Devils two-headed quarterback monster combining for ten tds and 1477 yards. Graham leads the way with 850 yards on 64-121 passing, followed by Pruitt and his 44-91 for 627. Their top two targets have been Princeton Douglass and Robert Geiss. Geiss paces the group in yards (444), while Douglass has added a team-high 30 grabs for 414. The trio of Diante Ball, Devlin McCool, and Geiss have two touchdown catches each. Johnny Knight and Bryce Peterson both have hauled in double-digit passes and accounted for three tds. Daniel Bathon, Bryce Baylor, and Zyon Jenkins have aided the passing game as well. On the ground, five Devils have ten-plus carries led by 80 for Ball racking up 338 yards. Baylor has added 27 touches for 55 yards and two scores. The combination of Douglass and Geiss has accounted for 32 rushes and 183 yards.
On the other side of the ball, Brian Snow continues to lead the team in tackles with a total of 66, including 33 solo stops. He has also added nine tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. Tommy Buchert is next with 42 hits and two interceptions as well as a pass breakup. The group of Dominic Fusco, Neville Krueger, and Alex Sulin have combined for 91 tackles, which includes 10.5 stops for loss, two sacks, and two ints. Jaiden Cruz, Taj DeFrance, Chris Klem, and Griffin Lundquist each have over 20 tackles. DeFrance has also been a ballhawk in the passing game picking off a team-high four passes.
Raleigh Wynot has been nearly perfect on extra-point attempts going 15-16 while hitting on 50% of his field goals (3-6) with a long of 25. Geiss has punted 25 times for the Devils racking up 933 yards for a 37.3 average. He has downed two inside the 20 and had a long of 66.
Down in Lancaster
Franklin and Marshall trailed 13-7 at the half, before reeling off 34 consecutive points over the final 30 minutes to knock off visiting Juniata 41-13 at home last Saturday.
The Diplomats put up 266.7 yards of offense so far this season, featuring a fairly balanced method with 148.7 through the air and 118 on the ground. They are allowing 307 yards to the opposition most of which coming through the air as they are giving up 211 on average. F&M holds a -5 scoring differential tallying 21 points per game while surrendering 26.
Logan Clouse has directed the attack going 76-149 through the air for 813 yards and five tds. He has been susceptible to the mistake though as he has ten interceptions in six games. Clouse has a very deep receiving core with a dozen different players having catches on the year. The top target is Jack O'Hearen who has 21 grabs for 268 yards and three scores. Trey Glass, Ben Moir, and Tim Walters all have over ten catches as well joining together for 425 yards, but no tds. Drew Benfatti and Will Higson each have a touchdown catch as well. It has been running back by committee for the Diplomats as Keshon Farmer leads the way with 370 yards and six scores on 96 carries, while Jermaine Conyers has 253 yards through 73 touches. Mitch Wagner has added 56 yards to aid in the cause.
Defensively, Calvin Krippner has a team-high 42 tackles, including 22 solos and 3.5 tackles for loss. Dan DiBeneditto has a team-best two picks to go along with 32 stops. The group of Kevonte Beard, Thomas Downs, Kell Hall, Peter Orio, Peyton Snopek, and Luke Strauss all have 20-plus tackles and have joined together for 26 stops for loss, including 11 by Beard. The biggest threats to the opposing quarterbacks have been Tom Papa, Beard, and Orio who each have three sacks.
Jack Rodenberger handles all kicking duties for F&M going 14-14 on extra points while hitting just two of four field-goal attempts with a long of 40. He has also punted 41 times for more than 1,500 yards with a 38.7-yard average.