(Westminster, Md.) – The Dickinson College football team had strong performances all over the field as they handed unbeaten McDaniel College its first loss of the season with a big 41-16 win on Saturday afternoon. It was the first win for the Red Devils as they improve to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the Centennial Conference. The Green Terror drops to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
The Green Terror struck first with a 29-yard field-goal at the 6:42 mark of the opening quarter. The Devils answered on the very next possession as junior quarterback Ricky Martz (Pottsgrove, Pa./Pottsgrove) led the Devils on a four-play, 80-yard drive. Martz scrambled into the end zone from two yards out to make the score 7-3.
Senior Tim Smith (Hanover, Pa./South Western) broke free for a 60-yard run on the drive, taking the Devils to the McDaniel 20 yard line. Smith carried the ball eight times in the first half, covering 76 yards.
The Red Devils added another touchdown early in the second quarter when Martz found senior Craig Helfer (W. Caldwell, N.J./Newark Academy) with a 31-yard pass down the middle to put Dickinson in front, 14-3.
McDaniel capitalized on great field position, finishing a 48-yard drive with an 18-yard pass from Thomas Massucci to Ryan Procaccini to make the score, 14-9. The Green Terror missed the extra-point to keep the Devils in front by five with 6:06 remaining in the half.
Dickinson used some outstanding clock management at the end of the first half. Martz moved the Devils 30 yards in 27 seconds to put senior Gordon Craig (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) in field-goal range. Following back-to-back McDaniel timeouts, Craig split the uprights from 37 yards out to stretch the lead to 17-9 as time expired in the first half.
The Red Devils started the second half with a strong dive, ending in another field-goal by Craig, this time from 30 yards away, to extend the margin to 20-9. Senior Pete Hamill (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) recovered a fumble minutes later, leading to a quick Devil touchdown by Smith to put the Devils up 27-9 with 2:05 remaining in the third quarter.
The Devil defense came up big once again as Schuyler Simpson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) forced a fumble into the hands of Julian Rosen (Brecksville, Ohio/University School), who returned it 22 yards for another Dickinson touchdown to give the Devils a 34-9 lead with 1:07 to play in the third.
McDaniel put together a strong drive, finding the end zone early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 34-16. The teams traded possessions before Dickinson put together an 85-yard drive that used up just under eight minutes, capped by a 27-yard touchdown pass from Martz to Helfer with just 2:37 on the clock.
Martz finished 23-of-29 for 262 yards and two touchdowns, adding 52 rushing yards on the day. Smith carried 15 times for 95 yards, adding nine catches out of the backfield for 61 yards.
Helfer caught eight passes for 155 yards to go with his two touchdown receptions.
Senior Jack Connolly (Wexford, Pa./Allegheny) anchored a great defensive effort with 10 tackles, including one-for-loss and two pass break-ups. Adam Farrell (Parkton, Md./Hereford) tallied two sacks while Hamill added five stops and two pass break-ups to his fumble recovery.
Craig became the school's all-time career leader in points by a kicker with 186. He surpasses Joel Heintzelman '00, who held the record with 179 points. Craig holds the school mark for career extra-points (102), and became the first Red Devil to kick over 100 in his career with five on Saturday.
Thomas Massucci went 18-for-35, throwing for 218 yards and one touchdown to lead McDaniel. Matt Cahill was on the receiving end of four of those passes, covering 76 yards for the game. Zach Martin turned in a great defensive effort, making 19 tackles.
The Red Devils (1-2, 1-1) return home to face Moravian College next Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 pm.