No red faces this time

  • Linebacker Joe Heffernan tackles a pop-up dummy during a Dartmouth football practice at Memorial Field in Hanover, N.H., on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. valley news / report for america photographs — Alex Driehaus

  • Wide receivers Dale Chesson, left, and Jonny Barrett run a drill during a Dartmouth football practice at Memorial Field in Hanover, N.H., on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. valley news / report for america — Alex Driehaus

  • Quarterback Jackson Proctor runs the ball during a Dartmouth football practice at Memorial Field in Hanover, N.H., on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Alex Driehaus

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 11/12/2021 10:00:04 PM
Modified: 11/12/2021 10:00:13 PM

HANOVER — While the Dartmouth College football team is looking to repeat history this weekend, it will simultaneously look to avoid repeating history.

With wins in their final two games, the Big Green (7-1, 4-1 Ivy) will capture at least a share of the Ivy League championship, just as they did in 2019.

Their one loss that season came to Cornell (2-6, 1-4 Ivy), their opponent on Saturday at Memorial Field. This year’s game kicks off at 1:30 p.m.

Dartmouth head coach Buddy Teevens hasn’t brought up the 2019 matchup to the team much this week. He said his veterans are taking care of that for him.

“The players have talked about it more than I’ve talked about it and to me, that’s a good sign,” Teevens said. “They know what happened. Half the squad wasn’t here. The other half, they remember it. You’ve got to play your best football every week that you line up.”

The Big Green could still win the Ivy League outright as well. In addition to winning their games, Dartmouth would need Yale to defeat Princeton this week before losing to Harvard next week.

However, a Dartmouth loss — either this week or at Brown next week — would deal a significant blow to its league title hopes.

Quarterback Jared Gerbino left the Cornell game in 2019 with an injury, which impacted the remainder of the contest — an eventual 20-17 loss — for Dartmouth. That forced then-freshman Nick Howard onto the field as the running quarterback. He has more experience in that role now as a junior; fifth-year QB Derek Kyler will once again lead the Big Green offense.

A recent catalyst in Dartmouth’s attack has been junior wide receiver Dale Chesson. After an injury during preseason camp, Chesson missed much of the campaign. But he made his debut against Harvard and has been a key player in both the Harvard and Princeton games. Chesson led Dartmouth in receiving yards in both games, and he also led the team in receptions — and scored his first career touchdown — against the Tigers.

His teammates’ faces lit up talking about him after that Princeton game.

“Dale is an explosive man. He’s a great character. Everyone loves Dale. He brings such a great energy, and he’s just so happy all the time,” Kyler said on Saturday. “But he’s different during the game. Dale is a phenomenal athlete, and I think everyone’s been able see that in the two games he’s been back. He’s been really excited, and he’s looking forward to keeping it going.”

Teevens and his staff noticed some “interesting” things, from alignments and blitzes the Big Green aren’t used to facing to trick plays, while studying film on Cornell.

Teevens said a fast start and playing physical will set his team up for success against the Big Red. He said Cornell is apt to take shots downfield, so the coverage and pass rush will be particularly important. Offensively, he wants the Big Green to maintain the balance they’ve shown the last two weeks.

“From an offensive standpoint, I think the variety and the mix and match (is important),” Teevens said. “We gotta establish the run. We got away from it a couple weeks back, and it’s been good last few weeks. Just the collection of plays we’ve put together, we need that type of presentation on Saturday.”

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Notes: Dartmouth senior linebacker Jalen Mackie has been added to the watch list for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the national defensive player of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision. Mackie is the Ivy League’s leading tackler on the season with 78, including eight tackles for loss and two assisted sacks. … Dartmouth is ranked for the second time this season — this time in both polls. The Big Green are No. 23 in the FCS Coaches Poll, and tied for No. 22 in the STATS Perform FCS Top 25. They were previously No. 22 in the STATS rankings after beating New Hampshire, but fell out one week later after losing to Columbia.

Seth Tow can be reached at stow@vnews.com.




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