Records Fall as Red Devils Roll to 4-0
|(Carlisle, Pa.)- The Dickinson College football team improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Centennial Conference with an impressive 35-7 win over McDaniel College.|
The Red Devil defense had its hands full right out of the gate as a high snap on a punt gave the McDaniel the ball on the Dickinson 16 yard line on their opening possession. The Green Terror moved the ball to the six before the Devils forced a 23-yard field-goal attempt.
Junior Pete Hamill (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) and Michael Maxwell (Coatesville, Pa/Coatesville) broke through and blocked the attempt to keep the Terror off the scoreboard.
Senior quarterback Ian Mitchell (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) promptly broke free for a 67-yard touchdown just four plays later to put the Devils on the board, 7-0.
Mitchell added another score from 13 yards out to give the Devils a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Senior wide receiver Matt Cahill (Broomall, Pa./Haverford Twp) made a great catch in the end zone for the Terror's lone score of the day, cutting the deficit to 14-7 at the 11:42 mark of the second quarter.
Mitchell answered three possessions later to make the score 21-7 at halftime. The Red Devils added a five-yard touchdown pass toPat O'Connor (Exton, Pa./Downingtown East) in the third quarter and Tim Smith (Hanover, Pa./Southwestern) scored on an 18-yard run in the closing minutes of the game.
It was a big day for the Red Devils on both offense and defense. Mitchell led all rushers with 126 yards and three touchdowns. He moves into sixth on the school's all-time rushing list with 2,172. He also became the first Dickinson quarterback to pass for over 4,000 yards (4,050), completing 17-of-28 passes for 156 yards and one score.
O'Connor had a banner day as well, setting a school record with 14 catches on the day. He covered 136 yards and had a touchdown. He becomes Dickinson's all-time leader in receptions with 149, raising his career record to 2,308 yards.
Senior Tim Wells (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) made the most of his 11 carries, running for 72 yards on the day. He went over the 1,000-yard mark for his career, rushing for 1,036 yards.
Smith did most of his damage on the last possession, he finished the day with 70 yards on just eight carries, averaging 8.8 yards per touch.
The Devils totaled 412 yards of offense, rushing for 256 on the day while adding 156 though the air.
The Devil defense turned in a great performance as well, stopping the Terror from the 16 on the opening drive. The went on to hold McDaniel to just 93 yards rushing and 138 through the air.
Keegan Ash (Pottstown, Pa./Hill School) earned the start and led the way with six tackles, 1.5 for-losses, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and a pass break-up. The Red Devils tallied three interceptions, including one that was returned 52 yards by Mike Byrnes (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick School).
Jack Connolly (Wexford, Pa./N. Allegheny) and Kevin Wood (Westford, Mass./Phillips) each recorded seven tackles. Maxwell added five tackles, an interception and four break-ups on the day.Pat McNeal (Glen Mills, Pa./Archmere) had five tackles and intercepted a pass in the end zone.
The Red Devils improve to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Centennial Conference. They travel to Moravian College next Saturday for a 1:00 kick-off.