CARLISLE, Pa. - The Dickinson football will conclude their 2021 campaign on Saturday afternoon when they take on a strong Ursinus College Bears team at Biddle Field. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
Location: Carlisle, Pa. (Biddle Field)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Records: Red Devils (3-6, 3-5 Centennial), Ursinus (7-2, 6-2 Centennial)
Head Coaches: Dickinson - Brad Fordyce (5th season, 15-24) | Ursinus - Peter Gallagher (20th season, 105-97)
Last Meeting: The Bears earned a hard-fought 27-19 win in Carlisle on November 16, 2019.
Inside the Devils Den
Thank You, Seniors!
Before kickoff on Saturday Dickinson will honor their 26 seniors who will be playing their final game in a Red Devils uniform. Those seniors are: Daniel Bathon, Connor Upham, Dominic Fusco, Robert Geiss, Taj DeFrance, P.J. Angeli, Caleb Pruitt, Tim Graham, Peter LaBracio, Bryce Baylor, Brendan Schimpf, Shayne Simpson, Brian Snow, Kyle Mattison, Tres Conway, Brett Renna, Cuba Birnbaum, Tommy Donohue, Shane McLaughlin, Zak Bauer, Ethan Johnson, Adrien Pluchard-Cole, Zyon Jenkins, Brad Hansell, John Kirklin, Jaiden Cruz, and Griffin Lundquist.
The Red Devils continue to average right around 20 points per game at 19.7. They do most of their damage through the air putting up 235 yards per contest while adding just over 100 on the ground for their total of 338.6. The defense has held the fort pretty well allowing just 322 yards on average leading to 21.1 points per game.
Graham has been the leader of the attack going 89-166 through the air hitting ten different targets racking up 1,134 yards with seven touchdowns. Pruitt has also seen substantial time at the helm of the offense appearing in seven games tossing five touchdowns on 54-119 passing for 763 yards. Princeton Douglass is the top receiver for the Devils hauling in 47 balls for 595 yards and two scores. Johnny Knight has added 26 catches and three tds, while totaling 291 yards. The duo of Diante Ball and Bryce Peterson have combined for 27 receptions and 396 yards along with three scores.
Ball has paced the ground game for DC with 120 touches resulting in 491 yards to average 4.1 per carry with three touchdowns. Douglass has chipped in 172 yards on 23 carries and has found the endzone once. Bryce Baylor has contributed to the effort as well with 124 yards and two scores.
Geiss the Swiss Army Knife
Geiss has done it all for Dickinson all season playing running back, wide receiver, and quarterback at various points during the campaign. As a QB he has tossed two touchdowns on 9-17 passing for 219 yards. He has also served as one the top targets for Graham and Pruitt reeling in 39 balls racking up 591 yards and finding the endzone three times, including a 97-yard scamper at Susquehanna. In the ground game Geiss has carried the rock 34 times averaging 3.8 yards per attempt and three touchdowns.
Leading by Example
Snow has been one of the most noticeable defensive players in the conference posting a Centennial best 110 total tackles which are 34 better than Godfrey from McDaniel. He also leads the conference in tackles per game as he is the only one in double-figures at 12.1 per contest. In addition to that, he has tracked down players in the backfield all season recording 11.5 stops for loss accounting for 41 yards. His numbers have him in the Top-10 nationwide in total tackles (5th - 110) and solo tackles (10th - 56).
Neville Krueger has added 56 total tackles, with 29 of them coming on his own. He is also tied with Snow for the team lead in tackles for loss at 11.5 totaling 60 yards while pacing the side in sacks with six. The duo of Tommy Buchert and Alex Sulin have combined for 102 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Jaiden Cruz and Fusco both have over 40 stops and together have 10 tackles for loss accounting for 37 yards.
DeFrance has recorded a team-best four picks and ten pass breakups. His 1.6 passes defended per game has him tied for 11th nationally, with his ten pass breakups ranking him tops in the Centennial. The trio of Keon Eady, Buchert, and Sulin each have two interceptions for a combined 31 yards. Chris Klem and Ellis Tompkins both have one on the season.
Raleigh Wynot has drilled 21 of 23 extra points while knocking home four of seven field goals with a long 32 which came last week on the road at Johns Hopkins.
A familiar name has handled this job all year as Geiss has punted 42 times for 1636 yards with seven downed inside the opponent's 20 yardline. He has a season-long of 66 yards and is averaging 39.0 per kick.
In the Bears Cave
Ursinus enters the game flying high having won their last four games, with three of them coming by double-digits including last week's 44-7 romp of Juniata.
As a team, the Bears are putting up 32.7 points per game on almost 400 yards with 260 of them coming by way of the air. They are surrendering 332 yards against leading to 22.3 points.
Jack Psenicska serves as the head of the UC offense going 172-288 through the air for an impressive 2307 yards and 23 touchdowns to go along with nine picks. He has hit a dozen different targets with his top man being Kevin DePrince who has brought in 40 balls for 454 yards averaging 11.3 per catch. Octavious Carter has the most touchdown catches with eight, while racking up 408 yards on 28 receptions. Samuel Ragland has added 32 catches and 264 yards. Ragland also serves as the Bears top rusher carrying the ball 182 times for close to 1,000 yards averaging more than 100 yards per game with 13 tds.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jonathan Klee has a team-high 66 tackles, with 37 of them coming on his own. His partner at linebacker Brett Gross has 61 tackles and two picks as well as three pass breakups. The duo of Ryan DiVergilis and Anthony Trazzera have combined for 88 stops, five pass breakups, and two interceptions. Up front, the group of Ethan Belville, Ryan Bodolus, and Jack Ginley III have accounted for 102 tackles and 12.5 sacks led by a team-high five for Belville. Belville and Bodolus each have double-digit tackles for loss with 13 and 11 respectively.
Dakota Wherrity serves as the team's placekicker knocking down 37 of 39 points after touchdown and is three-for-five on field goals with a long of 40 coming against the Eagles last Saturday. Billy Cook handles the punting duties for Ursinus kicking the ball 34 times for 1,291 yards (38.0 average) with a dozen landing inside the 20.