Devils Suffer First Loss, 23-12 to Hopkins
|(Carlisle, Pa.)- The Dickinson College football team, ranked 25th in the American Football Coaches Association poll, suffered its first loss of the season, falling to Johns Hopkins, 23-12, on Homecoming Saturday.|
Playing without All-American receiver Patrick O'Connor (Exton, Pa./Downingtown East) and back-up tailback Gregory Lord (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing), both out with injuries, the Red Devils were forced to make some adjustments on offense.
Senior Joe Sandoe (Myerstown, Pa./Elco) had a big day for the Devils, making seven catches for 116 yards. Craig Helfer (W. Caldwell, N.J./Newark Academy) added 68 yards on seven catches as well.
Senior quarterback Ian Mitchell (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) threw for 202 yards on the day, adding 60 on the ground.
Tim Smith (Hanover, Pa./Southwestern) ran for 69 yards on 14 carries to lead the Devils in rushing on the day.
All the Devil points on the day came from the leg of junior kickerGordon Craig (Grove City, Pa./Grove City). Craig went 4-for-4 on the day, converting field-goals from 22, 37, 27 and 34 yards.
The Red Devil defense played well against Centennial Conference rushing leader Andrew Case (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing), holding him to just 64 rushing before the Blue Jays final drive. Case added 54 yards on that possession to finish with 118 on the day, adding a pair of touchdowns.
Junior Pat McNeal (Glen Mills, Pa./Archmere) led the Devils with nine tackles while Jack Connolly (Wexford, Pa./N. Allegheny)added seven.
Michael Maxwell (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) made four stops, broke up three passes and made a key interception early in the fourth quarter.
The Devils struck first when Craig split the uprights from 22 yards out at the 7:47 mark of the first quarter. The Blue Jays answered almost immediately on a 68 yard touchdown pass from Hewitt Tomlin (Jackson, TN/Trinity Christian) to Tucker Michels (Allendale, N.J./Northern Highlands) just 45 seconds later.
The teams would trade field-goals in the second quarter as JHU went into the half with a 10-6 lead. The Blue Jays scored again on a two yard run from Kase, but the point-after attempt failed to make the score 16-6.
Gordon tacked on two more field-goals to pull the Devils with a touchdown at 16-12 with 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter saw solid defense as both teams struggled to move the football. The Blue Jays went to the ground on their final drive, eating up 5:41 before Kase found the end zone with 3:24 remaining in the game.
Mike Todisco intercepted a pass with 2:30 on the clock, allowing Hopkins to run down the clock and secure the win. The Blue Jays improve to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference.
The Red Devils slip to 5-1 and 3-1 on the CC. They are off next weekend before traveling to Gettysburg to defend the Little Brown Bucket on Saturday, October 24th.