ANDERSON, IN – Franklin College rolled past Anderson 69-10 on Saturday setting a single-game school record for points in the victory. The Grizzlies' 69 points were one better than the previous best mark of 68 FC scored against Manchester in 1989.
Senior quarterback Kyle Ray (Trafalgar, Ind./Indian Creek) threw four touchdown passes, junior running back Reece Craig (Bedford, Ind./Bedford North Lawrence) rushed for a pair of scores and freshman cornerback Zack Corpe (Granger, Ind./Elkhart Central) returned an interception for a TD twice to help the blue and gold improve to 6-0 in the HCAC and 7-1 overall.
Franklin, which has outscored its six HCAC opponents 304-56, leads Hanover and Defiance by one game, heading into its Nov. 6 home game with Earlham at Faught Stadium. The Grizzlies entered the AFCA Top 25 this afternoon, coming into the poll at No. 23.
Though FC’s offense put seven touchdowns up on the scoreboard, Corpe produced stand-out numbers on defense and special teams. The freshman made five solo tackles, one of which forced a fumble that he then recovered. That happened when the Griz punted on its first possession, and Corpe’s hit resulted in Franklin having the football at the Ravens’ 12-yard-line and scoring its first touchdown two plays later.
Corpe’s 21-yard interception return for a touchdown midway in the second quarter broke the game wide open, putting his team up 34-3. His other interception return for a TD was a 45-yard play early in the third period. Corpe also broke up two passes.
The Griz defense, which is 13th against the run among all NCAA Division III schools this week, held Anderson to just 25 yards on the ground.
Ray completed 14 of his 20 passes for 191 yards and four touchdowns on the day. Craig finished with 82 rushing yards on nine carries, including two touchdowns. The Grizzlies' offense finished with 397 total yards against the Ravens.
FC can clinch at least a share of the HCAC title with a win over Earlham Saturday afternoon, while Anderson travels to Terre Haute to face Rose-Hulman.