(Selinsgrove, Pa.) – The Dickinson football team had a tough start at Susquehanna University on Saturday, falling to the River Hawks, 38-7, in Selinsgrove.
The River Hawks scored on the opening drive and quickly took a 14-0 lead after recovering a fumble on the Red Devils' 37 yard line.
Dickinson countered on its next possession as first-year Phillip Butler (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) found the end zone from nine yards out to cap an eight-play, 43 yard drive.
First-year Kyle Mattison (Wyncote, Pa./Academy of the New Church) forced a fumble on the ensuing kick-off but the River Hawks were able to recover.
The Devils held the hosts scoreless throughout the second, trailing just 14-7 at halftime. Sophomore James Turner (Ridgefield, Conn./Suffield Academy) forced a fumble into the hands of senior Tyler Heisey (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) while Thomas Nocka (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) and John Minicozzi (Media, Pa./Episcopal Academy added sacks to highlight the quarter.
Jordan Hollander (Waverly, Pa./Abington Heights) forced a fumble on punt, early in the third quarter, but the River Hawks were again able to maintain possession. They went 45 yards on 10 plays to score and capitalized on an interception to stretch the margin to 28-7, with 3:08 remaining in the period.
Susquehanna tacked on a 27-yard field-goal and scored on a 50-yard punt return on the fourth for the final of 38-7.
Heisey finished with a game-high 13 tackles, adding a forced fumble and two recoveries on the day. Matt Butz (Monkton, Md./Hereford) tallied 13 stops as well while Hollander made 11 tackles, forced a fumble and returned an interception.
Turner reached double-figures with 10 tackles and first-year Taj DeFrance (Glassboro, N.J./Glassboro) recorded 10 as well. Butler covered 76 yards on 17 carries to lead the offense.
Susquehanna improves to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the Centennial Conference. The Red Devils slip to 1-4 and 1-3 in the CC. Dickinson returns home to face McDaniel College on homecoming weekend next Saturday at 1:00 pm.