Football Finds Success Against Washington & Lee in Season Opener

Football Finds Success Against Washington & Lee in Season Opener

Shane Shuma '22, Sports Writer

Last Saturday, Sept. 7, the Red Devils football team started the season strong with a 26-14 win against Washington & Lee. The offense looked promising from the first play of the game as running back Phillip Butler ‘21 rushed for twenty yards.  

Two plays later Butler ran for another 11 yards, but the drive eventually stalled after a string of incomplete passes, forcing a punt. The Devil’s defense held firm in their first regular season appearance. Forcing a punt that would provide excellent field position for the offence, the Devil’s would draw first blood on the next drive when Trystin Golowski ‘20 kicked a field goal to bring the score to 3-0. The two teams exchanged punts until the end of the quarter. 

 Early into the second quarter, Dickinson scored its first touchdown on the back of wide receiver Christopher Longo ‘21 who racked up 60 yards in the drive as he caught Quarterback Tim Graham ‘21. The Devils would tack on another field goal with 2:28 left in the half, bringing the score 13-0 The Flames would score, however  kept the score at 13-6. 

After holding the opposing offense to start the second half, the Devils tacked on another field goal to increase their advantage to 16-6. An interception by defensive back Jordan Hollander ‘20 at Washington and Lee’s 29-yard line set up great field position for the offense but they were unable to capitalize on the error, adding only a field goal. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 19-6 but the game still felt like it was in the air.  

In the first drive of the third quarter the Flames marched for a touchdown A successful two-point conversion moved the score to 19-14. The defense would continue to hold strong for the rest of the game, and a late touchdown by Robert Geiss ‘21 sealed the win.  

The win and success will help the team keep momentum in the Centennial Conference as 7 out of its 10 teams won their first games. The Red Devils host the Muhlenberg Mules next Sat., Sept. 14 at 1:00 P.M.