(Carlisle, Pa.) – Wearing brand new black helemets, the Dickinson football team turned in an outstanding performance to celebrate Senior Day, posting a 40-17 victory over visiting Ursinus in the season finale at Biddle Field.
The Red Devils had a great start and received great play from all over the field. First-year Robert Geiss (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) returned to the line-up and led Dickinson 79 yards on the opening drive, hitting classmate Christopher Longo (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) for a 10-yard touchdown.
The Bears answered right back as Samuel Raglund went 62 yards to put Ursinus on top, 7-6, on their first play from scrimmage.
Dickinson used a nice mix of passes to offset strong running from sophomore Jeremy Walsh (Shickshinny, Pa./Northwest Area) and first-year Phillip Butler (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) to go 80 yards and regain the lead, 13-7, with 2:22 remaining in the first quarter.
The defense came up big with junior Ethan Warrick (Herndon, Va./Langley) intercepting a pass to set the Red Devils up on their own 38-yard line.
Butler, who dove in for the score on the previous drive, carried the load on the next series, setting up a 19-yard scoring strike from Geiss to Longo at the 8:04 mark.
Ursinus closed out the first half with a touchdown and a 24-yard field-goal to cut the lead to 20-17, at the break.
The Red Devils continued to roll as the second half started. They forced a punt and went 40 yards on nine plays to pull in front, 27-17, on a four-yard run from Walsh.
Following another punt, Dickinson drained the final 8:45 off the clock in the third quarter. Butler and Walsh were again the workhorses as the offensive line continued to open holes with dominant play in the trenches. Walsh broke in from seven yards out, closing out the drive at just over nine minutes.
The frustration would continue to plague the Bears as first-year Taj DeFrance (Glassboro, N.J./Glassboro) picked-off Alec Vera on the next play to give the ball back to Dickinson.
Geiss capped a 40-yard drive, diving into the end zone on a six yard run for the final tally of 40-17.
The defense wasn't quite done yet as junior Matt Butz (Monkton, Md./Hereford) grabbed an interception at midfield to essentially close out the game.
Sophomore linebacker James Turner (Ridgefield, Conn./Suffield Academy) had another monster game, recording 12 tackles, including eight solos, two tackles-for-loss and a huge seven-yard sack.
Warrick added seven tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-loss to go with his interception. Senior Tyler Heisey (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) added five tackles, including one for a loss.
Walsh covered 131 yards rushing on 37 carries and caught a pair of passes for an additional 29 yards, scoring twice on the day. Butler went 47 yards on 13 carries while Geiss finished with 30.
Geiss completed 22-of-28 passes for 181 yards. He tossed two touchdowns to Longo, who finished with 11 catches for 96 yards.
As a team, the Red Devils produced 400 yards of total offense, rushing for 219 and passing for 181. They held the Bears scoreless in the second half, allowing just 14 yards of total offense, including -4 yards rushing in the fourth. The Devils led in time of possession 43:22 to 16:38.
Ursinus falls to 6-4 overall and 5-4 in the Centennial Conference. The Red Devils finish 3-7 and 3-6 in the CC.