CINCINNATI, OH - Franklin College (4-1, 3-0 HCAC) forced four turnovers and turned three in for touchdowns in a 41-10 win at previously unbeaten Mount St. Joseph (3-1, 2-1 HCAC) Saturday. The Grizzlies used a balanced offensive attack to improve to 3-0 in HCAC play and take over first place in the league standings. MSJ fell to 2-1 in conference play after the loss.
Franklin avenged a 10-point loss to the Mount at home last season and continued the road team’s dominance in the all-time series between the two schools. Since 2002, the home team has won just twice with the last six HCAC championships going to MSJ or FC.
The Franklin offense racked up 528 yards of offense and limited the host Lions to 159 yards on the day.
Senior quarterback Kyle Ray (Trafalgar, Ind./Indian Creek) completed 19 of his 30 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Senior receiver Matt Zmich (Westfield, Ind./Washington) caught six passes for 84 yards and two scores to lead all receivers.
The Grizzlies’ ground game was also potent against the Lions, totaling 254 yards in the win.
Junior tailback Reece Craig (Bedford, Ind./Bedford North Lawrence) finished with 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 22 carries in the win. Craig also hauled in three passes for 49 yards, totalling 181 yards of total offense.
Mount’s offense struggled against the Franklin defense all day long, managing only 10 first downs and 159 yards of offense. MSJ lost two fumbles and tossed a pair of interceptions in the loss.
Franklin returns home to face Rose-Hulman Saturday afternoon, while MSJ travels north to face Defiance.
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