CARLISLE, Pa. - The Dickinson football team will try to pull off a big upset on Saturday afternoon when they head to Baltimore to take on No. 17 Johns Hopkins University in Centennial Conference action. The kickoff at Homewood Field is slated for 1 p.m.
Location: Baltimore, Md. (Homewood Field)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Records: Red Devils (3-5, 3-4 Centennial), Johns Hopkins (7-1, 6-1 Centennial)
Head Coaches: Dickinson - Brad Fordyce (5th season, 15-23), Johns Hopkins - Greg Chimera (2nd season, 15-4)
Last Meeting: Blue Jays won 37-15 in Carlisle on September 28, 2019.
Inside the Devils Den
Dickinson enters this tough matchup coming off their first road win of the season last Saturday at Juniata College by a score of 27-10. In that contest, the Devils held the edge in time of possession 33:06 to 26:54 which marked the first time this season that DC had the ball for more than 30 minutes.
As a team, they continue to average right around 20 points a game on 340.8 yards of offense keyed by 240.6 from the air. Dickinson is allowing just 19.1 points to their opposition on 306 yards which have been divided up quite evenly between run and pass.
Quarterback Tim Graham is coming off one of his better outings on the season going 19-33 for 238 yards with two touchdowns and one pick. It marked just the second multi-td game of his career with the other one coming in 2019 also against Juniata when he tossed five scores in the 51-21 triumph. This year he is 83-154 racking up seven tds and 1,088 yards, while his teammate Caleb Pruitt has gone 54-119 for 763 yards with five scores. Princeton Douglass has been the duo's top target pulling down a team-high 42 receptions for 496 yards. The Devils swiss army knife Robert Geiss ranks second with 37 grabs and has a team-leading 579 yards gained. After a two td outburst on Saturday Johnny Knight now has 23 catches racking up 266 yards and three scores. Bryce Peterson also has double-digit catches and one touchdown reception. The rushing attack continues to be led by Diante Ball who has carried the rock 110 times for 453 yards. The tandem of Bryce Baylor and Douglass have combined for 224 yards on 51 touches. Geiss has added 98 yards on 21 rushes to help the cause.
Brian Snow continues to be the leader of the DC defense as he has a Centennial Conference-leading 99 tackles averaging 12.4 per game which is also a conference-best. Tommy Buchert and Neville Krueger each have over 50 stops for a combined 11 tackles for loss and five sacks. Dominic Fusco and Alex Sulin both have 42 tackles of the season with 8.5 of them going for a loss of yardage. Defensive linemen Jaiden Cruz and Griffin Lundquist have joined together for 66 tackles and 2.5 sacks for 12 yards. Four Devils have multiple interceptions paced by four for Taj DeFrance, followed by two each from Keon Eady, Buchert, and Sulin.
In the kicking game, Raleigh Wynot is 19-21 on extra points, while converting 50% (3-6) of his field-goal attempts with a long of 25-yards. Geiss has served as the Devils punter all season kicking the ball 37 times for 1,424 yards leading to a 38.5 average with six downed inside the 20.
At the Nest
Johns Hopkins comes into Saturday flying high having won their last two games against Gettysburg and Susquehanna by a combined 88-17. The Blue Jays lone loss of the season so far came on October 15th when they fell 21-6 to Muhlenberg in Allentown.
Dickinson will have a tall task slowing down a very potent Hopkins attack that is racking up 539.4 yards per game leading to just under 50 points at 49.13. A majority of their offense comes through the air as they average 379.88 yards per contest. Their defense has been stellar as well allowing just 11.63 points to their opponent on 246.9 yards. The primary method of attacking the Blue Jays could favor DC as they surrender 184 yards in the passing game.
Ryan Stevens has led the Hopkins offense all season going 207-305 for a conference-best 2,766 yards and 22 touchdowns which ranks him second in the Centennial. His top target is Harrison Wellmann who is approaching 1,000 yards on the campaign with 941 on 62 catches with 11 touchdowns. Quinn Revere has hauled in 53 passes for 771 yards and seven tds, while Ryan Hubley has added 52 grabs and 651 yards. The combination of Artie Collins and Danny Wolf has 28 receptions for 339 yards and three scores. Nine other players have catches on the season to help the attack. Wolf is the top Jay in the backfield toting the rock 123 times for 617 yards and 14 touchdowns. The trio of Jacob Chapman, Andrew Rich, and Spencer Uggla have a combined 420 yards on 88 carries with six scores.
On the defensive side of the ball, Duncan Van Kouteren has a team-high 41 tackles. Luke Schuermann tops the squad in stops for loss with 13.5 accounting for 90 yards, while also racking up 9.5 sacks and forcing four fumbles. The group of Macauley Kilbane, Nick Seidel, Joe Tischler, and Finn Zechman each has over 30 tackles and have accounted for 13 pass breakups and six interceptions, with four coming from Zechman.
Kyle Battles is the do-it-all kicker for the Blue Jays handling both the punting and place-kicking duties. He is 50% (4-8) on field goals hitting on a long of 45-yards while punting the ball 22 times for 919 yards resulting in an average of 41.77 yards. The point after touchdown responsibilities is split between John Krill and Battles who have gone a combined 45-51 with Battles taking the most going 26-30.
Dickinson will wrap-up the regular season next Saturday, November 13th at 1 p.m. when they host Ursinus College on Senior Day at Biddle Field.