Football Falls to Muhlenburg

Shane Shuma ‘22, Sports Writer

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Last Saturday the Red Devils faced the Muhlenberg Mules for their home opener. Dickinson received the ball to start the game and the two sides exchanged punts as neither side could move down the field early into the game. On Dickinson’s second drive the Mules forced a fumble after sacking Quarterback Tim Graham ’21 at the Devils’ 19 yard line. Muhlenberg was able to convert their field position into a touchdown for six points, hitting the extra point to bring the score to 7-0. At about five minutes left in the quarter the Devils’s offense picked up steam as Tim Graham began the drive with a 57-yard pass to Daniel Salamone ’20 to the Dickinson 13 yard-line. The Devils were unable to convert, as a sack of Graham near the endzone forced out the kicking unit. Kicker Moroz attempted a field goal from the 39 yard-line and hit it through the uprights to bring the score to 7-3. The Mules were kick to answer as they marched down the field to score a touchdown, passing for 61 yards in the air on only two plays. A successful extra-point attempt increased the Devil’s deficit to 14-3. Four minutes into the second quarter the Mules scored another touchdown to bring the score to 21-3. As the game edged further away from the Devils, their defense gained new momentum and stopped the Mules for tacking on more points. The defense held, until an interception at Dickinson’s 11 yard line with only a minute left in the half set up great field position and an easy touchdown for the Mules. 

The team appeared to come out with new life in the half. Phil Petrina ’20 intercepted the opposing quarterback at the Muhlenberg 38 yard line to set up good field position for the Devil’s struggling offense. The Devils were able to reach the five yard line off a strong performance from Philip Butler ’21 as he contributed 17 yards to the drive. However, the offense stalled after failing a fourth down conversion at the 5 yard-line. Neither team scored in the third quarter. Muhlenberg ran up the score early in the fourth after scoring a touchdown and field goal to increase the Devil’s deficit to 38-3. The final score was 38-9. The Devils dropped to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference after the loss. The Devils go on the road to face the Gettysburg College Bullets at 1:00 next Saturday.

The Dickinson Red Devils will look to make it 2-1 on the year with a win next week. The game next week will be big for playoff hopes for the team as it is a conference game.