Dickinson Drops Season Finale

Football Finishes 3-7

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Michael Miller ’14 (left) had 18 tackles on his senior day, the third-highest single game total in Dickinson history. Connor Thompson ’15 added seven.

Michael Miller ’14 (left) had 18 tackles on his senior day, the third-highest single game total in Dickinson history. Connor Thompson ’15 added seven.

The football team fell to Ursinus College in their season finale on Saturday, November 16 by a score of 31-0. he Red Devils end the season with a record of 3-7.

Middle linebacker and captain Michael Miller ’14 shined in his last game as a Red Devil with a career high 18 tackles, a forced fumble and fumble recovery, and an interception on the goal line. Miller’s 18-tackle performance ties him for third in school history for most tackles in a single game. Miller finishes the season with a team-high 104 tackles, including 7.5 for a loss.

After forcing Ursinus to punt on the opening possession of the game, the Red Devils’ offense drove the ball into Ursinus territory but missed a 40-yard field goal.

On the ensuing possession, Ursinus put together an 11-play, 77-yard touchdown drive to put up the first points of the game at the end of the first quarter. Quarterback Kevin Monahan connected with receiver Jerry Rahill on a 26-yard touchdown pass.

After another missed field goal attempt on the Red Devils’ next offensive possession, Ursinus capitalized again with another long touchdown drive. Monahan capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown dive to stretch the lead to 14-0.

The Red Devils tried to put some points on the board before the end of the half, but quarterback Mike Carmella ’15 threw a costly interception. This set Ursinus up at the Dickinson 22-yard line, but, the defense stiffened up and made a big play when Miller intercepted a Monahan pass at the goal line to prevent any scoring, sending the game to the half.

The Red Devils received the opening kickoff in the second half, but on the first offensive play of the half Ursinus defenseman Max DeNardo stripped the ball away from Mike Capone ’14. Greg DiSanto then picked it up and ran 15 yards for the touchdown to stretch the lead to 21-0. The Red Devils were then forced to punt after going three and out, and Monahan made the Red Devils pay again.

The Ursinus quarterback connected on two passes of more than 20 yards on the drive, methodically moving the ball down the field. Running back Taylor Paul then capped the drive with a 21-yard touchdown run to truly put the game out of reach. Ursinus then ended the scoring for the game at the beginning of the third quarter when they added a 36-yard field goal to win the game 31-0. Miller forced a fumble half way through the fourth quarter and recovered it himself to end his Red Devil career on a high note.

Monahan led the way for Ursinus, completing 18-of-22 passes for 215 yards, and two total touchdowns. With six catches and 96 yards on the day, Rahill set an Ursinus school record for most career receptions with 187 in his career.

The Red Devils rushed for 159 yards on the game as a team. Cedric Madden ’16 ran for 55 yards and Shawn Wilson ’16 added 52 yards of his own. Linebacker Teddy Airoldi ’16 recorded 11 tackles, and linebacker Connor Thompson ’15 added seven stops.

After the injury to quarterback Cole Ahnell ’15, the Red Devils lost their last three games, losing by a combined score of 115-10. This end to the season heavily affected the final season numbers. Prior to Ahnell’s injury, the Red Devils were averaging 20.7 points scored and 29.0 points allowed per game, but, the full season offensive average fell to 15.5 and the defensive number rose to 31.8.

Individually, Shawn Wilson led the team with 800 yards rushing. Ahnell added 588, as well as a team-high 766 passing, and Madden ran for 340. Colin Rodgers ‘14 and Todd Smolinsky ’14 were the leading recievers, with 28 and 24 catches, respectively.