Greyhounds Top Devils to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Photo by Matt O'Haren
Photo by Matt O'Haren

(Bethlehem, Pa.) – After a scoreless first quarter, host Moravian College scored twice in the second and would go on to claim a 24-6 decision over Dickinson in Centennial Conference football action on Saturday.

The Greyhounds capitalized on a pair of interceptions to score twice in the second quarter. Alex Pierce caught a nine-yard pass from Christopher Mills to cap a seven-play, 42-yard drive at the 11:28 mark and Roberto Diez dove in from the one-yard line on the next possession to give the hosts a 14-0 advantage at halftime.

Moravian stretched the margin to 21-0 on its first possession of the second half as Mills connected with Pierce on a 45-yard touchdown.

The Red Devil defense held strong on first-and-goal from the three-yard line, forcing a 22-yard field-goal with 2:21 to play in the third period.

Tim Graham (Darien, Conn./Darien) hit three different receivers to cover 57 yards and junior Robert Geiss (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) finished with a one-yard dive to put Dickinson on the board with 48 seconds to play in the quarter.

The Red Devils went for two, but the pass attempt failed, holding the score at 24-6.

Graham went 16-for-33 on the day, throwing for 196 yards, connecting with first-year Daniel Bathon (Malvern, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) on seven completions for 79 yards on the day. In the process the Red Devils set a new school mark for single season passing yards with 2,111 on the year.

Junior Taj DeFrance (Glassboro, N.J./Glassboro) led the defense with 10 tackles, including eight solos and adding three pass break ups.

Anthony Cicini (Berwick, Pa./Berwick), James Turner (Ridgefield, Conn./Suffield Academy) and Brian Snow (Media, Pa./Episcopal) each tallied nine stops.

Sophomore Phillip Butler (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) averaged 22 yards on five kick-off returns, covering 110 yards, adding 43 yards rushing.

The Red Devils slip to 5-4 overall and stand even in the conference at 4-4. They return home next weekend for the regular season finale, looking to secure a bid in the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series. Opening kick-off is set for 1:00 pm.