September 26, 2009

Mitchell carries Dickinson to 35-7 win

Senior QB rushes for 126 and three scores against McDaniel

CARLISLE, Pa. - Ian Mitchell threw for 156 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another 126 and three scores to lead Dickinson to a 35-7 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday.

The Red Devils (4-0, 2-0 CC) rushed for 256 yards as a team, scoring at least one touchdown in each quarter.

Matt Cahill (Broomall, Pa./Haverford Twp.) caught seven passes for 87 yards and a touchdown for the Green Terror (2-2, 0-2 CC), who were outgained 412-231 on the day.

After a high snap on a Dickinson punt after its initial possession, McDaniel took over at the Red Devil 16. However, the Green Terror could net just 10 yards on five plays before its field-goal attempt from 23 yards was blocked with 10:55 remaining in the first quarter.

Dickinson and Mitchell needed just four plays and 59 seconds to drive 77 yards for a 7-0 lead on a Mitchell 67-yard scamper down the right sideline.

On the Red Devils' next possession, rushes of 17 and 13 yards by Mitchell capped a 10-play, 70-yard march for a 14-0 lead with 2:10 showing on the first-quarter clock.

Starting on Dickinson side of midfield for the third of four times on the day, Tom Massucci (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) found Cahill for a 22-yard touchdown catch to slice the deficit in half with 11:42 remaining in the second quarter.

Late in the second quarter, Tim Wells broke off a 27-yard run to move the Red Devils inside the one-yard line.

After a two-yard loss and a rush for no gain, Dickinson faced third down with 1:44 on the clock. Three timeouts later, Mitchell kept the ball himself and broke through the middle for a 21-7 lead with 1:41 to play in the half.

Mitchell found Pat O'Conner for a five-yard touchdown pass to stretch the lead to 28-7 with 8:11 to play in the third quarter and three Tim Smith carries accounted for the final 59 yards of a five-play, 61-yard drive that set the final margin with 2:18 on the game clock.

Ryan Blaser (Damascus, Md./Einstein) made a career-best 12 tackles to key the Green Terror defense while Mike Weick (Holland, Pa./Penn Charter) and Patrick Desmond (Frederick, Md./Frederick) added 11 stops apiece.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Juniata on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.

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