"Our offensive line was just meshing and playing as a group," Santorine said of his line-mates as Dickinson rushed for 258 yards and allowed just one sack. "We were running on them and gaining confidence."
The Crusaders got off to a quick start, taking the opening kickoff 58 yards in 12 plays for a 7-0 lead on Tyler Kolmer's 1-yard quarterback sneak with 10:49 left in the first quarter.
Dickinson marched right down the field, but Jared Minori recovered a Shawn Wilson fumble to end the Red Devils' threat.
Dickinson (1-2, 1-1) tied the game on its next possession, marching 93 yards in 14 plays, a drive that consumed nearly seven minutes.
After struggling to stop the Red Devils in the first half, the Susquehanna defense got on track, forcing a punt on Dickinson's first drive. Duke Hyacinthe knifed in from the outside to block it and Quinton Gierlatowicz recovered on the Dickinson 25. Seven plays later -- all rushes by Ian Richardson -- a TD from the five gave Susquehanna a 14-7 lead with 8:52 left in the third quarter.
After three consecutive punts, the Red Devils offense got going thanks to the feet of Ahern, who had 76 yards rushing in the fourth quarter. Dickinson ran for 140 yards in the final stanza.
"(Choosing to run) was more on the play," Ahern said. "We've got a young offensive line and with an adjustment we made, they were able to get more of a push."
Dickinson put together drives of eight plays, 78 yards and 10 plays, 80 yards to salt away the game.
Shawn Wilson (22 carries, 95 yards) scored on a 21-yard TD run with 11:36 left in the game to tie the score at 14.
After Susquehanna was forced punt, Mike Capone scored from 7 yards out with 3:03 left in the game to take a 21-14 lead.
Susquehanna was forced to go for it deep in its own territory and failed. That led to a Dickinson field goal and a 24-14 advantage.
The Crusaders did get a 67-yard TD pass from Kolmer to Kwane Hayle to cut the lead to 24-21 with 31 seconds left, but Colin Rodgers recovered the ensuing onside kick to clinch the game for the Red Devils.