CARLISLE, Pa. - Greg Lord rushed for 115 yards and three touchdowns to lead Dickinson to a 34-20 win over Franklin & Marshall Friday evening. The win leaves the Conestoga Wagon Trophy in Carlisle for the fifth straight year.
Lord's final two touchdowns were the difference in the fourth quarter. He plunged in from a yard out early in the period, capping a 72-yard drive to make it 28-20 in favor of the Red Devils (2-1, 1-0 Centennial Conference). The Diplomats (1-2, 0-1 CC) responded with a 58-yard drive that left them deep in Devils territory.
On third and goal from the Dickinson two-yardline, John Harrison was hurried into a low throw that was picked off by Matt Stone, who immediately fumbled the ball forward. Dickinson recovered the ball on their own 18, and then marched 82 yards on 12 plays to set up Lord's final score, a three-yard jaunt to make it the 34-20 final.
Dickinson outgained Franklin & Marshall 251-123 on the ground and piled up 470 total yards to F&M's 260. The bulk of F&M's offense came through the air. Harrison went 18-for-26 with 191-yards, a pair of touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. The second interception came on the final desperation drive when Mike Maxwell sprawled to lift the ball off of the turn in the front of the end zone.
George Eager caught seven passes for 62 yards and a score. He also returned a kickoff 85-yards for a touchdown with 1:06 left in the first half. Dickinson scored before the half expired when Pat O'Connor came open in the back of the end zone on a Ian Mitchell scramble. O'Connor caught 12 passes for 161 yards. Mitchell threw for 245 yards on 22 completions.
The Red Devils captured the 100th meeting between the two schools and opened up Centennial Conference (CC) play with a win. The game was Dickinson's 1,000th in school history, and the first night game on Biddle Field.
Jeff Kellar recorded 14 tackles, 11 solo, and broke up a pass. Zach Romash had 10 tackles, nine solo, an intercepted pass and a pass breakup. His interception thwarted a Red Devils' drive in the end zone.
F&M returns to action at home next week against Juniata. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.
Notes: The Diplomats' problem in the red zone grew deeper at Dickinson. F&M was inside of the Dickinson 20 five times Friday night, but managed to score just twice. In the past two games, the Diplomats have made eight trips to the red zone, having scored just three times. Dickinson cashed in on five of six trips into the red zone... John Harrison (Fr. / Flourtown, PA / La Salle College HS) threw his first multiple touchdown game in Carlisle. He also posted his best average per pass attempt in his young career, gaining 6.8 yards per throw. George Eager (Jr. / Lititz, PA / Manheim Twp.) was as all-purpose as a player can be. He returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, caught seven passes for 62 yards, and rushed three times for 32 yards... After winning four straight games with a 100-yard rusher, F&M has dropped two straight without producing a 100-yard rusher. John Kaschak (Fr. / Lake Hoptacong, NJ / Jefferson Twp.) and Ryan Murray (Jr. / Sebastian, FL / St. Elizabeth) combined for 84 net yards on 26 carries in Carlisle... On third down, it's how you start and finish. The Diplomats are 3-of-10 on third down in the first quarter, and 1-of-10 on third down in the final quarter. That number improves to 10-of-19 in the third quarter when the Diplomats have scored 14 points. F&M has scored 24 second quarter points this season with the Diplomats converting in the neighborhood of 39 percent on third down.