Dickinson hands McDaniel first loss

Matt Cahill © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Matt Cahill © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Red Devils run for 210 yards in 41-16 victory

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Ricky Martz completed 23 of 29 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns in Dickinson's 41-16 Centennial Conference (CC) football victory over McDaniel on Saturday.

The Red Devils (1-2, 1-1 CC) gashed the nation's fifth-ranked run defense for a season-high 210 yards, including 52 from their quarterback and a team-high 95 yards from Tim Smith.

Smith added nine catches for 61 yards while Craig Helfer caught eight passes for 155 yards, including two scores.

Tom Massucci (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) completed 18 of 35 passes and a touchdown for the Green Terror (3-1, 2-1 CC). He threw for 218 yards – his second consecutive 200-yard passing game and seventh career 200-yard outing.

After Dickinson put together a 12-play drive deep into McDaniel territory on the game's opening possession, Chris Kolb (Keymar, Md./Francis Scott Key) picked off his fifth pass of the season to thwart the march.

Massucci engineered a 10-play drive that was keyed by a 41-yard completion to Matt Cahill (Broomall, Pa./Haverford Twp.), setting up first-and-10 at the Red Devil 12.

A rush for no gain and two straight incompletions, forced a 29-yard Jake Nichols (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) field goal for a 3-0 lead with 6:42 on the first-quarter clock.

After Nichols second straight touchback, Smith ripped off a 60-yard run to move Dickinson to the McDaniel 20.

Three plays later, Martz ran around the left side from two yards out for a touchdown and 7-3 advantage just 1:35 later to become the first team this season to hold a lead on the Green Terror.

A 31-yard Martz-to-Helfer touchdown pass capped an 11-play, 71-yard drive to stretch the lead to 14-3 with just 1:12 elapsed in the second quarter.

A 28-yard pass to Tom Orrok (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) and 18-yard touchdown catch by Ryan Procaccini (Hockessin, Del./Wilmington Friends School) pulled the hosts within 14-9 after a missed PAT with 6:06 to play until intermission.

A Gordon Craig 37-yard field goal as the first-half clock expired stretched the lead to 17-9 at the break.

Three Dickinson touchdowns in the third quarter, including a 22-yard Julian Rosen fumble recovery for score, stretched the lead to 34-9 with 16:07 to play.

The Green Terror took over at its own 34 and Massucci immediately found Nick Bender (Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Twp.) for a 26-yard gain.

Eight plays later, Ray O'Hara (Yardley, Pa./Conwell-Egan Catholic) bounced outside to score from three yards out and make it a 34-16 game with 13:48 to play.

A 27-yard catch by Helfer with 2:37 capped a 14-play, 85-yard drive that consumed 7:53 and set the final margin.

Cahill made four catches for 76 yards to lead the Green Terror receiving corps, which received catches from 13 different players.

Zach Martin (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) made a career-high 19 tackles – the most by a McDaniel defender since Drew Abbamonte made 19 tackles against Gettysburg on Oct. 7, 2006.

Diego Weiner (Miami, Fla./Riverside Military Academy [Ga.]) and Aaron Slaughter (Baltimore, Md./Loyola) also reached double figures in tackles with 11 and 10, respectively.

The Green Terror has next week off before returning to action at home against Susquehanna on Oct. 9. Game time is 1 p.m.