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Bullets, Red Devils Battle for Little Brown Bucket

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GETTYSBURG, Pa.  – There's more on the line than just the first victory of the season for Gettysburg College (0-2, 0-1 CC) and Dickinson College (0-2, 0-1 CC) as the Bullets and Red Devils renew their annual battle for the Little Brown Bucket at Biddle Field this Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
 
GAME COVERAGE
Saturday's game will feature live stats at http://www.dickinsonathletics.com/sports/fball/2018-19/boxscores/20180915_nszz.xml and live video at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/dickinson/. You can also follow in-game updates on Twitter (@GburgBullets) and check out post-game coverage at GettysburgSports.com.
 
LITTLE BROWN BUCKET
The Little Brown Bucket or Old Oaken Bucket has been a staple of the Gettysburg-Dickinson rivalry since 1938. The trophy was created by S. Walter Stauffer and George Hummel, members of the Dickinson and Gettysburg Board of Trustees, respectively. The first game was played on Thanksgiving and the Bullets emerged victorious 14-0, kicking off a string of nine consecutive wins by the Orange and Blue. Since the introduction of the Bucket, Dickinson has led the rivalry 26-22-1.
 
THE SERIES
Gettysburg leads the all-time series 44-37-2. The two teams officially tangled for the first time in 1892, though two meetings not condoned by the institutions took place 13 years prior in 1879. After meeting nearly every year from 1892 to 1953, the two sides did not lock horns again until 1978. Gettysburg won the first three meetings upon joining the Centennial Conference in 1983, but Dickinson won 22 of 25 from 1986-2009. The Bullets had won three in a row prior to the Red Devils' recent two-game streak.
 
LAST MEETING
For the second consecutive season in the 125-year old rivalry, Dickinson slipped by Gettysburg by a field goal at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium. The Red Devils erased a 14-point second-half deficit and converted a 31-yard field goal by Ethan Fusco as time expired to upend the Bullets on Homecoming. The Orange and Blue seized the early lead with a 57-yard pass from Justin Davidov '18 to Ryan Thompson '18 in the first quarter and a three-yard touchdown run by Nick Rella '19 (Denville, N.J./Morristown-Beard) made it 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Gettysburg maintained its 14-point spread at the beginning of the third quarter, but Dickinson rallied with back-to-back touchdown passes from Robert Geiss to Chris Longo to tie the game. The Red Devils converted a pair of third down plays to set up the game-winning kick. Davidov finished 19-of-31 for 269 yards, while Kevin Benavente '20 (San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel) posted career highs with five receptions and 72 yards. Logan Aikey '19 (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg) and Ryan Greene '20(Easton, Pa./Easton) each posted 2.5 sacks. Geiss completed 26-of-45 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns for Dickinson. All three scores went to Long, who finished with seven receptions for 137 yards.
 
LAST TIME OUT
Gettysburg was held to 117 yards of offense in a 42-7 loss at Ursinus last Saturday. The Bullets opened with the first touchdown after recovering a fumble deep in Bears' territory. Junior Andrew Howard (Swansea, Mass./Moses Brown School) plunged in from a yard out for a 7-0 lead. Back-to-back touchdown passes by Thomas Garlick put Ursinus in front in the second quarter, and the rushing attack handled the rest of the offense in the second half with four touchdowns by Samuel Ragland. Sophomore quarterback Mike Welsh (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) logged 53 yards on 19 carries, while senior Jake Skinner (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) led the defense with 10 tackles. Aikey recorded nine tackles, three tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
 
Dickinson dropped a 14-3 decision to Muhlenberg last weekend. After forcing two empty possessions by the Mules, the Red Devils jumped on the board with a 29-yard field goal by Trystin Golowski at the end of the first quarter. That would be the end of the offense for Dickinson as Muhlenberg allowed just 148 total yards in the contest. The Mules took the lead late the first half and added an insurance score following a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter. Senior Billy Burger booted three punts over 50 yards in the game, including a 59-yarder at the start of the second half. Geiss and freshman Caleb Pruitt combined to go 12-of-22 for 109 yards, while junior Daniel Salamone caught four passes for 51 yards. Senior James Turner led the defense with 16 tackles.
 
GETTYSBURG OVERVIEW
It's the start of a new era of Bullets football as former offensive coordinator Kevin Burke '90 takes on the mantle of head coach. Burke spent 14 seasons as an assistant coach under Barry Streeter, who retired as the program's all-time leader with 196 victories over 39 seasons. Burke is looking for his first win as a head coach since coaching Juniata College to a 20-7 victory over FDU-Florham in 2003. Gettysburg was picked sixth in the Centennial Conference Preseason Poll.
 
GETTYSBURG OFFENSE
Gettysburg is looking to rev up its offense after averaging just 196.5 yards in its first two games of the year. In their last five meetings with Dickinson, the Bullets have posted at least 328 yards of offense, including 454 yards in a 42-7 victory in 2013. Most of the yardage in the last two seasons against the Red Devils came through the air with a total of 476 yards. Welsh has started both games under center this fall, posting 76 yards rushing and 213 yards passing. Sophomore Joey Razzano (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern York) leads the team with 58 yards on three catches.
 
GETTYSBURG DEFENSE
The Bullets have forced five turnovers through two games, picking off three passes against Bridgewater College in the season opener and recovering a pair of fumbles last weekend at Ursinus. Skinner has picked up where he left off last season as the team's leading tackler. The senior linebacker has 18 stops on the year along with 1.5 tackles for a loss and an interception. Aikey has 13 tackles and leads the team with 5.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. Over his last 12 games, the senior defensive end has totaled 23 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks. Sophomore defensive back Thomeir Richardson (Trenton, N.J./Trenton Central) has posted nine tackles, three pass break-ups, and an interception.
 
SPECIAL TEAMS
Junior Justin Geisel (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day School) hit his third career field goal of 40 or more yards in the season opener. Geisel has already climbed into fourth on Gettysburg's career list with 17 made field goals and is one behind Rich Eppleman '79 for third. Sophomore punter Evan Tannenbaum (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) set a program record with 448 yards on 11 punts against Ursinus. He is averaging 38.7 yards per punt this season. Richardson has returned nine kickoffs for an average of nearly 21 yards per return this fall.
 
DICKINSON OVERVIEW
Dickinson is looking for its first winning season since 2009 under second-year head coach Brad Fordyce. The Red Devils finished 3-7 last fall and were picked seventh in this year's conference preseason poll. The bulk of the lineup returned with 16 starters combined on offense and defense.
 
DICKINSON OFFENSE
Dickinson has averaged just 144 yards of offense in its first two outings. The Red Devils have tallied one touchdown on the ground and none through the air. Geiss has started both games at quarterback, going 12-of-21 for 81 yards. Sophomore Phillip Butler has paced the ground game with 29 rushes for 112 yards, while Salamone has reeled in six passes for 60 yards.
 
DICKINSON DEFENSE
The Red Devils opened the year by holding Washington and Lee, which went to the NCAA playoffs a year ago, to just 238 yards, only 31 of which came through the air. Junior James Turner set a program record with 23 tackles in the game on the way to being named Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Turner paces the conference with 39 tackles in two games and he has posted three sacks and seven tackles for a loss. Senior Matt Butz ranks second on the team with 19 tackles.
 
DICKINSON SPECIAL TEAMS
Senior Billy Burger has been named the CC Special Teams Player of the Week in both of the first two weeks of the season. Burger is averaging a league-best 40.4 yards per punt and has placed five kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He boomed a 74-yard punt against Washington and Lee in the season opener. Golowski and Fusco have each hit field goals this season for the Red Devils. Freshman Cole McCoy has averaged 16.7 yards on three kickoff returns.
 
LOOKING AHEAD
Gettysburg hosts McDaniel College for its Homecoming game next Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. The Bullets have beaten the Green Terror 51 times in 71 meetings since 1892. Last season's 27-20 win by McDaniel ended a six-game winning streak for the Orange and Blue in the series.

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