CARLISLE, Pa. – Dickinson scored 14 of the 17 second-half total points to overcome a 13-3 halftime deficit and defeat McDaniel 17-16 in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Friday.
Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) carried the ball 26 times for 150 yards for the Green Terror (1-6, 1-5 CC) to give him 1,039 on 174 carries this season. Rollins also caught two passes for 36 yards and returned two kickoffs for 46 yards to give him 232 all-purpose yards on the night.
Mike Shimkin added his own 100-yard rushing day for the Red Devils (3-4, 3-3 CC), running 19 times for 124 yards. Cam Di Fede finished with nine catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.
A 31-yard screen pass to Rollins on third down moved the ball near midfield but three plays later Nick Valori (Sewell, N.J./Washington Twp.) threw his second interception of the game and Scott Sullivan returned the pick to the Dickinson 41.
With the first play on offense, Cole Ahnell connected with Di Fede for 33 yards, setting up a 17-yard touchdown to Kyle Smith two plays later. The David London point after gave the hosts a 17-16 lead with 7:25 showing.
McDaniel had one final attempt, taking over after a 17-yard punt from its own 25 with 2:32 on the clock.
Rollins broke a 17-yard run on third-and-2 to move the ball into Dickinson territory but then the Red Devils' fifth sack of the game resulted in a loss of nine yards.
Valori scrambled for 10 yards on second down before misfiring to a streaking Nick O'Melia (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) down the field.
Facing fourth-and-9 with the game on the line, Valori once again had to scramble, picking up six yards but the ball went over on downs with 1:18 to play.
Playing in the Green Terror's first night game since 1992, O'Melia capped a wild first 6 minutes, 6 seconds to the game, catching a 54-yard touchdown pass. The ensuing PAT was blocked to keep it a 6-0 game.
An eight-play Red Devil drive stalled at the McDaniel 26 after 52 yards. London nailed the 44-yard attempt to draw the hosts within 6-3 with 1:51 to play in the opening period.
On the first offensive play after the recovery, Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) caught Valori's second touchdown pass for a 13-3 lead with 6:09 to play in the first half.
A muffed punt set up McDaniel at the Dickinson 18 with 1:45 remaining in the opening half but the Green Terror netted no points as a 32-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right as the first half expired.
Taking over at its own 4 with 11:52 to play in the third quarter, the Red Devils marched 10 plays. A pair of nine-yard receptions by Di Fede capped the drive and pull the hosts within 13-10 with 7:39 on the clock.
With 9.6 seconds remaining in the quarter, the Green Terror once again capitalized on a Red Devil turnover. Taking over at the Dickinson 30, an all-Rollins drive moved the ball inside the five but the visitors had to settle for a Jake Nichols (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) 22-yard field goal to stretch the lead to 16-10.
On that drive, Rollins broke a 14-yard run with 1:40 to play, giving him 112 for the night and 1,001 for the season. In the process, he became the Green Terror's first 1,000-yard rusher since Broderick Maybank ran for 1,200 in 2004.
Valori finished the night 9 of 20 for 147 yards. O'Melia caught four passes for 73 yards.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Juniata on Saturday, Oct. 29. Game time is 1 p.m.