(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson came out strong against visiting Juniata College, scoring on its opening drive and taking an early lead in the second quarter. The Eagles would answer, however, and claim a 38-14 win on Saturday afternoon at Biddle Field.
The Red Devils forced a punt on Juniata's first drive and immediately put together a solid scoring drive, capped by a 34-yard reception from senior Daniel Salamone (Great Falls, Va./Langley).
Sophomore Jeremy Walsh (Shickshinny, Pa./Northwest Area) ran for 35 yards, covering 17 on his first carry to start the drive.
Juniata put together a solid drive with Matt Lehr rushing for 40 yards before Austin Montgomery hit AJ Brocato for a seven-yard touchdown.
Lehr would recover the ensuing kick-off as the ball bounced away from the Red Devils and back to Juniata on the Dickinson 33-yard line.
The Red Devil defense was able to hold the Eagles to a 20-yard field-goal, putting Juniata in front, 10-7, with 3:42 remaining in the first quarter.
Dickinson put together another strong scoring drive with Walsh bulling his way into the end zone from five yards out to give the Devils a 14-10 advantage, with 14:55 to play in the second quarter.
The teams traded punts with Juniata taking over on the Dickinson 40-yard line. Two passes later the Eagles were on the board again as Montgomery hit Justin Helsel for a 29-yard score and a 17-14 lead.
Following another Dickinson punt, Lehr used a 31-yard run and caught a 20-yard pass to set up a two-yard scoring run for Montgomery as Juniata stretched the lead to 24-14, with just under four minutes to play in the half.
The score would remain as the teams headed into halftime. After the break, Montgomery would tally the only points of the third, scoring on a three-yard run, with 2:42 remaining in the third. The Eagles would capitalize on an interception in the fourth quarter, adding one more score for the final of 38-14.
Sam Peck (N. Yarmouth, Maine/Greeley) split time with Walsh in the backfield and had a huge fourth quarter. He rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries while Walsh reached the century mark as well, covering 110 yards on the day.
Salamone had some big plays on the day, catching three passes for 53 yards and rushing for 13 more on two carries.
Sophomore James Turner (Ridgefield, Conn./Suffield Academy) had another big outing, recording 12 tackles, including nine solo stops and 1.5 tackles-for-loss. Matt Butz (Monkton, Md./Hereford) tallied nine stops while Bryan Latorraca (Stanford, Conn./St. Luke's) and Tyler Heisey (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) each had six.
Juniata improves to 3-5 overall and 2-5 in the Centennial Conference. Dickinson slips to 2-6 on the season and 2-5 in the CC. The Red Devils are on the road next weekend, traveling to Moravian College for a 1:00 pm kick-off.