Rollins runs for 211 and two TDs
CARLISLE, Pa. – Dickinson outscored McDaniel 35-3 over a 23-minute, 23-second span en route to a 38-31 Centennial Conference (CC) football victory on Saturday.
Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) led the Green Terror (1-6, 1-5 CC) with his program record-tying eighth 200-yard rushing game, accumulating 211 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns. He added 45 receiving yards and 39 return yards to finish with 295 all-purpose yards and pass Rob Johnson for second place on the program's all-time list.
Shawn Wilson paced the Red Devils (3-4, 3-3 CC) with 129 rushing yards as part of a 352-yard attack on the ground. Dickinson finished with 392 yards of total offense.
Ryan Yamada (Brookeville, Md./Good Counsel) kept it a balanced attack for McDaniel, passing for 238 a touchdown. He also ran for another score. The Green Terror finished with 477 yards of total offense.
Sean Montgomery (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) returned the opening kickoff to midfield but a holding call set up first down from the team's own 10-yard line.
After two Rollins runs gained eight yards, Ryan Yamada rolled out and hit Nick O'Melia (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) for what turned into an 82-yard catch-and-run for a 7-0 lead just 1:36 into the game. It was the longest pass for the Green Terror since Brad Baer hit Jamie Unger against the Red Devils for a program-record 98-yard touchdown play on Oct. 16, 2004.
On Dickinson's second play, Nick Chuong (Alexandria, Va./Annandale) intercepted his first pass of the season, giving the offense the ball back near midfield.
A heavy dose of Rollins, including a four-yard direct snap to cap the drive, moved the ball 51 yards in just seven plays and 3:14 for a 14-0 lead with 9:30 on the first-quarter clock.
Six straight Red Devils rushes moved the ball 62 yards, trimming the deficit in half with 7:29 to play in the first quarter. Cole Ahnell capped the drive with a one-yard dive for the score.
A tipped pass on third-and-4 from its own 25 resulted in a Connor Thompson 31-yard interception return for a touchdown and tie game with 14:07 to play in the second quarter.
After a 13-play yard drive that featured Rollins eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the season before stalling at the Dickinson 6, Bill Castor (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell-Egan) converted a 23-yard field goal to put the Green Terror back on top 17-14 with 6:54 to play in the first half.
A 20-yard Todd Smolinsky run on a fake punt on fourth-and-2 from the McDaniel 42 set up a 19-yard Ahnell-to-Eric Ondo touchdown connection with 3:22 on the clock for a 21-17 lead.
Wilson added a 19-yard touchdown run with 57.3 seconds left in the first half to extend the lead to 28-17 at the break.
A Copone one-yard run capped an eight-play, 83-yard drive to stretch to lead to 35-17 with 11:06 to play in the third quarter.
Rollins broke a 61-yard run down the right sideline late in the third quarter but Ned Emala swatted away a pass in the end zone on fourth down to keep it an 18-point lead on the first play of the fourth quarter.
The defense forced a punt on the ensuing Dickinson possession and Rollins broke a 25-yard return to set the offense up at the Red Devils 21. A 17-yard pass play to Mike Oliveto (Robesonia, Pa./Conrad Weiser) and a four-yard touchdown run by Rollins followed by a two-point conversion catch by Keith Woodrow (Taneytown, Pa./Francis Scott Key) closed the deficit to 35-25 with 12:08 to play.
Aided by 30 yards in penalties, Dickinson's Adam Kaminski was able to attempt and convert a 41-yard field goal with 9:32 showing, stretching the lead to 13.
Yamada engineered a 12-play, 56-yard drive that he capped himself, escaping a near sack and scampering for a seven-yard touchdown run that closed the deficit to 38-31. The ensuing PAT was blocked, keeping it a seven-point game with 2:58 showing.
O'Melia finished with 104 receiving yards on four catches. Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) led the defense with 12 tackles while Shane Douglas (Fort Washington, Md./Friendly) added a career-best 10.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Juniata on Saturday. Game time is 1:30 p.m.