Defensive Stand, Solid Offense Lead Red Devils 27-20

Photo by Maureen Moroz '19
Photo by Maureen Moroz '19

(Westminster, Md.) – The Dickinson football team made a huge defensive stand on 4th-and-2 to stop McDaniel and run out the clock in the fourth quarter to secure a 27-20 victory on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils put 10 points on the board in the first quarter, scoring on their first possession of the game. Sophomore Trystin Golowski (Columbus, N.J./Bishop Eustace) gave Dickinson a 3-0 lead, converting a 27-yard field-goal with 9:24 on the clock.

Dickinson closed out the first quarter with a nine-play drive, capped by a 20-yard touchdown pass from Billy Burger (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) to sophomore Christopher Longo (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) to stretch the lead to 10-0.

McDaniel capitalized on a blocked punt, scoring on a three-play drive from the Dickinson 19-yard line.

The Red Devils answered on the next possession as Burger put together a 79-yard drive, ending with an 18-yard scoring strike to senior Jake Walbert (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) for a 17-7 lead at halftime.

Burger bombed a 55-yard punt to start the third quarter, but it would find the end zone for a touchback.

The Green Terror used a 45-yard pass to set up the lone score of the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 17-14, at the 8:54 mark.

Sophomore Phillip Butler (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) broke free for a 17-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, stretching the margin back to 10.

The Green Terror cut the lead to 24-20, blocking a punt into the end zone with 10:49 remaining in the game.

Golowski split the uprights from 29 yards out to give Dickinson a seven-point lead with 4:35 left to play.

McDaniel moved the ball to the 12-yard line before the Red Devils held on fourth down to take possession and run out the clock.

Junior running back Jeremy Walsh (Shickshinny, Pa./Northwest Area) was just shy of the century mark, covering 97 yards on 18 carries. Butler and Burger ran for 51 and 44 yards, respectively while Burger completed 16-of-30 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

Burger averaged 42.4 yards on five punts with the long of 55 yards.

Longo finished with 64 yards on eight catches and Walbert covered 32 yards on a just two receptions.

Brian Snow (Media, Pa./Episcopal) led the defense with eight tackles, including seven solo stops. Senior James Turner (Ridgefield, Conn./Suffield Academy) had seven solo tackles and a forced fumble on the day.

Matt Butz (Monkton, Md./Hereford) and Johnny Knight (Warwick, Md./Bohemia Manor) each recorded interceptions on the day while Taj DeFrance (Glassboro, N.J./Glassboro) chipped in with four tackles and three pass break-ups.

The Red Devils improve to 2-4 overall and 2-3 in the Centennial Conference. They are off next weekend before returning home to face Franklin & Marshall for the Conestoga Wagon on October 20, at 1:00 pm