David Adamovage, Director of Athletic Communications
CARLISLE, Pa. – The Dickinson football team will go in search of their first victory for the 2022 campaign on Saturday afternoon when they try to hold onto the coveted “Little Brown Bucket” when the Red and White visit the rival Gettysburg College for a Centennial Conference showdown.
Location: Gettysburg, Pa. | Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Records: Red Devils (0-2, 0-1 Centennial) | Gettysburg (0-2, 0-1 Centennial)
Head Coach: Dickinson- Brad Fordyce (6th season, 16-26) | Gettysburg – Maurice Banks (2nd season, 1-11)
Last Meeting: Devils 34-3 in Carlisle last season on September 18, 2021
Media Links: Live Video | Live Stats
The Battle for the Little Brown Bucket has been a mainstay of the Red Devils-Bullets rivalry since 1938. The Red and White hold a 29-22-1 advantage in the matchup, including winning the last five in the series.
Inside the Devils Den
Last Week Recap
The Red and White traveled to Allentown for a matchup against then No. 18 Muhlenberg College in the Centennial Conference opener for both sides. The Devils were down 10-0 after one, before Diante Ball plunged into the house on the first drive of the second. However, the Mules picked up 17-straight points to grab a 27-7 lead at the break. Dickinson added two scores in the second-half on Ball’s second rushing TD of the game and a 36-yard strike to Nikkos Kovanes from Rocco DiRico to set the final.
The Offensive Generals
The Red and White had two men appear under center on Saturday with matt maiona making his first collegiate start going 8-17 through the air for 64 yards. He also added a team-high 13 rushes for 29 yards. DiRico took over for the final DC drive of the game completing just one pass which went for a 36-yard score.
Four players hauled in passes on Saturday led by Princeton Douglass and Bobby Markey who each caught three balls for a combined 52 yards. Devlin McCool chipped in two grabs for a dozen yards, while Kovanes made his only catch count racking up 36 yards. For the season, Bryce Peterson is the leading yard getter for the Red and White accounting for 64 yards and one touchdown.
Five Devils participated in the ground game on Saturday with Ball posting a team-high 59 yards on nine carries with two TDs. DiRico scampered once for seven, while Douglass added five thanks to three touches. Adam Smith also toted the rock once, but suffered a six-yard loss. For the year, Ball has eclipsed the century mark totaling 116 yards on 27 rushes.
Defense is Strong
The Red and White currently have the third-best defense in the Centennial Conference allowing just 332.5 yards and 24.0 points to the opposition which is quite impressive considering the two opponents the men from Carlisle have faced so far. Leading the way for the defensive unit last week was Chris Klem who recorded 11 tackles (eight solo) and two stops for loss. Tanner Long added eight tackles, while Keon Eady made seven solo stops. jeremy reid, Alex Sulinand Ellis Tompkins each accounted for six tackles. Neville Krueger and justin rocha both had a tackle for loss. Long and Tompkins each caused a turnover by recording an interception, while Alexander Zivanovic added a pair of pass breakups.
Across the Battlefield
Gettysburg comes into the game at 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the Centennial Conference after dropping games to Bridgewater (29-14) and Moravian (43-28). The Bullets got yards both through the air and on the ground against the Greyhounds last weekend totaling 381 yards (215 passes, 166 rush). Gettysburg was done in mostly by third downs as the Orange and Blue went 2-11, while Moravian was 10-17. Rocco Abdinoor was the leader of the offense throwing 24 times (13 completed) for 203 yards with two touchdowns and one pick. His favorite targets were Aidan Feulner Teddy Girton, and Nick Riggio each with three grabs for a combined 77 yards. Jake Frisco and Ryan McAndrew also added multiple catches for 16 and 60 yards respectively. Six players carried the ball for the Bullets with Abdinoor leading the way with seven carries for 50 yards. Sebastian Gibbs and Peter Schelling each toted the ball four times for 85 yards. Gettysburg’s defense made life rough on the Hounds offense recording seven tackles for loss accounting for 28 yards. Individually, Chris Lessel and Josh Williams each had nine stops to lead the team. A trio of Bullets had six tackles each (Melvin Perez, Chris Singleton Jr., Liam Villanti), including two sacks.
Points per game – DC (14.0) | GC (21.0)
Points Allowed per game – DC (24.0) | GC (36.0)
Rushing Yards per game – DC (71.5) | GC (160.0)
Passing Yards per game – DC (121.0) | GC (223.0)
Total Offense per game – DC (192.5) | GC (383.0)
Total Defense per game – DC (332.5) | GC (464.0)
Penalty Yards per game – DC (69.5) | GC (72.0)
Time of Possession – DC (26:26) | GC (27:14)
Around the Centennial This Week
Muhlenberg at Ursinus – 12pm (Collegeville, Pa.)
RED DEVILS at Gettysburg – 1pm (Gettysburg, Pa.)
Juniata at Johns Hopkins – 1pm (Selinsgrove, Pa.)
Franklin & Marshall at McDaniel – 1pm (Westminster, Md.)
Moravian at Susquehanna – 1pm (Selinsgrove, Pa.)