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Juniata football upended by Dickinson's second-half surge

(Posted November 6, 2010)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College stayed within striking distance of visiting Dickinson College through the first half, but four second half touchdowns by the Red Devils resulted in Dickinson posting a 41-14 win over Juniata on Saturday afternoon at Knox Stadium.

Juniata (0-9, 0-9 Centennial) made the best of a Dickinson turnover, to post an early lead over the Red Devils. Shane Yuhas (West Mifflin, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic) forced a turnover at the Dickinson 30, which led to a 10-yard Gino Ramires (Johnstown, Pa./Richland) touchdown pass to Dominic Bornman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) at the 6:00 mark of the opening quarter.

The Red Devils knotted the game at 7-7 later in the first on a five-yard TD strike from Ricky Martz to Tyler Rosa. Dickinson's lead stretched to 10-7 at the 2:11 mark of the second quarter on a 27-yard Gordon Craig field goal, and the Eagles went into the locker room at halftime trailing by three points.

After Juniata stopped Dickinson's second possession of the third quarter on the Eagles' one-yard line, Juniata's Zach McCaulley (Bellwood, Pa./Bellwood-Antis) was tackled in the end zone for a safety to put the Red Devils in front 12-7 with 9:13 showing on the clock.

Four plays and less than two minutes later, Martz connected with wideout Craig Helfer on a 27-yard touchdown pass. Dickinson went for the two-point conversion, and the Red Devils lead was 20-7.

Dickinson scored three more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take a 41-7 lead, before Juniata answered with some points of its own.

Abe Mellinger (Ronks, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg) took the kickoff return following Dickinson's third TD of the quarter, and sprinted 76-yards for the touchdown with eight seconds remaining in the game. The kickoff return for a touchdown was the first since Brandon Spayd's 90-yard KO return for a touchdown on October 11, 2008, versus fifth-ranked Muhlenberg College.

Juniata tallied 132 yards of offense against the Red Devils, with Ramires accounting for 83 yards through the air on 11-of-21 passing for a pair of interceptions. Bornman had five receptions for 25 yards to lead the receiving corps, while Julian Valdiserri (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) had four catches for 28 yards.

David Smyers (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic) entered the game in the third quarter, and completed five of his 12 pass attempts for 26 yards.

McCaulley carried 10 times for a net of 10 yards on the ground, while Kevin Peoples (Forestville, Md./Archbishop Carroll) had 26 yards rushing on eight carries.

Defensively, lineman Jason Marquis (Jeannette, Pa./Jeannette) had a stellar performance, finishing with 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, with one fumble recovery. Linebacker Kevin Gorman (Waverly, N.Y./Waverly Central) recorded nine tackles, while Andrew Masullo (Bellefonte, Pa./Bellefonte) tallied eight stops.

Dickinson (3-6, 3-5 Centennial) finished with 398 yards of offense, including 213 yard rushing. Martz was 14-of-25 passing for 177 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception - a pick by Ed Cooney (Douglastown, N.Y./St. Francis Prep) at the Juniata six-yard line late in the third quarter.

Juniata wraps up its 2010 season next Saturday, Nov. 13, when it hosts Washington & Lee University out of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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