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Martin records 11 tackles, touchdown

Zach Martin  2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Zach Martin 2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Dickinson scored the final 17 points of the game to defeat McDaniel 38-31 in overtime in Centennial Conference (CC) football action on Saturday.

Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) led the Green Terror (0-7, 0-6 CC) on offense with 216 yards on 38 carries to go with three touchdowns. Zach Martin (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) added the fourth touchdown, returning his own blocked punt 18 yards for a touchdown. Martin chipped in 11 tackles, including a sack and pass breakup.

Cole Ahnell paced the Red Devils (3-4, 3-3 CC) with 107 yards passing and 83 yards rushing, including engineering the 78-yard game-tying drive in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter.

Trailing 31-21 after the Martin blocked punt and touchdown with two seconds left in the third quarter, the teams traded punts to open the fourth quarter.

Dickinson took over at its own 32-yard line and Ahnell – behind mostly alternating Kyle Smith and Bligh Cassidy runs – moved the his team 68 yards in 10 plays over 3 minutes, 40 seconds to draw the visitors within three with 7:51 to play.

McDaniel moved its ensuing possession into Dickinson territory before the drive stalled. Brett Haas (Laurel, Md./Atholton) pinned the Red Devils inside the 20 for the second time on the day.

A delay-of-game penalty after the return man returned the ball after signaling for a fair catch gave Dickinson the ball at its own 7-yard line with 3:18 on the clock.

With a combination of his arm and legs, Ahnell moved the Red Devils into field-goal range. Twice, the sophomore quarterback ran for first downs on third-and-long and he also hit Matt Wood for a 27-yard pass play on second-and-11.

After a pair of timeouts with 13.0 seconds on the clock, Adam Kaminski's 33-yard field-goal attempt bounced off the right upright and through to knot the game with eight ticks remaining.

In overtime, Ahnell ran for 12 yards and then hit Wood two plays later for a 12-yard touchdown to take a 38-31 lead.

Rollins gained nine yards on first down in the Green Terror half of overtime but a pair of tackles in the backfield and a stop on fourth down short of the sticks gave Dickinson the win.

After a fumble on the Red Devils' second possession of the game gave McDaniel the ball at the Dickinson 27, Rollins needed just one play to break through the left side and find the end zone to give his team their first lead of the season with 5:58 on the first-quarter clock.

Following an interception, Shawn Wilson capped a four-play, 28-yard drive with a three-yard run to knot the game at 7-all just 52 seconds in the second quarter.

After a Tim Jarosinski (Towson, Md./Towson) blocked punt and Martin recovery gave the Green Terror the ball at the Red Devil 28, Rollins took the ball on all five plays and found paydirt for a 14-7 lead with 9:10 showing.

A Mike Capone 30-yard run keyed a five-play response. Capone capped a quick 65-yard march from nine yards out to draw the visitors even once again with 6:51 showing.

A 32-yard Ahnell-to-Wilson connection with 1:08 remaining gave Dickinson a 21-14 lead at the break.

McDaniel came out of the intermission and put together an 11-play, 63-yard drive that consumed the first 6:07 of the second half but resulted in a just a Bill Castor (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell-Egan Catholic) 20-yard field goal after the Red Devil defense stood on three plays from inside the seven-yard line.

A Sean Montgomery (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) 15-yard end around and Rollins 58-yard burst put McDaniel back on top 24-21 with 2:01 to play in the period.

The defense held for a three-and-out before Martin made it two blocked punts on the day, returning this one to the house.

Keith Woodrow (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) finished with three catches for 61 yards.

Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) recorded 12 tackles to lead the defense, which recovered two fumbles for the first time this season. The two blocked kicks happened for the first time in two seasons.

McDaniel returns to action at Juniata on Saturday. Game time is 1:30 p.m.


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