FRANKLIN, IN – Franklin College (8-1, 7-0 HCAC) continued to steamroll its competition on Saturday, clinching at least a share of the HCAC title with a 60-0 win over Earlham College (0-9, 0-7 HCAC).
Franklin can win its third HCAC outright championship in four years by beating rival Hanover this coming Saturday at Faught Stadium. Hanover and Defiance also remain alive for a share of the league title after notching wins on Saturday.
Franklin running back Darryl Stott (Indianapolis, Ind./Union City) rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries to pace the rushing attack. Stott also added a receiving touchdown for the Grizzlies.
Quarterback Kyle Ray (Trafalgar, Ind./Indian Creek) completed 14 of his 20 passes for 254 yards and four touchdowns and added a fifth score on the ground in the win. Ray currently ranks second in passing efficiency in NCAA Division III.
The blue and gold racked up 548 yards of total offense and limited Earlham’s offense to only 118 yards and six first downs on the afternoon.
The win was Franklin’s first shut-out victory since November of 2008 when the Grizzlies blanked Hanover 34-0 in the Victory Bell game.
The blue and gold have also cracked the D3football.com Top 25 poll for the first time this fall, entering the poll at No. 24 this week.
Franklin will welcome rival Hanover to Faught Stadium Saturday afternoon with the HCAC’s automatic bid on the line.
In other HCAC action...
Hanover College (7-2, 6-1 HCAC) earned a chance to win the HCAC championship and automatic bid this coming weekend after handling Mount St. Joseph (5-4, 4-4 HCAC) 25-15 Saturday afternoon. Hanover’s offense totaled 384 yards and the defense created four Lions turnovers in the win. The victory was Hanover’s sixth straight win and snapped a four game skid against the Mount. Junior quarterback C.J. Croft (Ft. Campbell, Ky./H.S.) piloted the Panthers’ attack, completing 17 of his 24 passes for 192 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Croft also led the ground attack with 92 yards on 19 carries. Junior wide receiver Daniel Passafiume (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier) hauled in a game-high eight passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns. Mount St. Joseph was led by senior quarterback Chris Howland (Loveland, Ohio/H.S.) in the loss. The senior completed 18 passes for 200 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions on the afternoon. The Lions closed their HCAC schedule with a 4-4 mark and will end their season on the road against rival Thomas More. The Saints enter the contest ranked 11th in the latest D3football.com Top 25 poll. Hanover will face off with Franklin in the annual Victory Bell game Saturday afternoon with the winner receiving the HCAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
Defiance College (6-3, 6-1 HCAC) head coach Rob Taylor became the all-time wins leader in Defiance history with a 10-7 win at Manchester College (2-7, 1-6 HCAC) Saturday. Taylor posted his 37th victory as the head coach of the Yellow Jackets, passing Malen Luke for the top spot in the DC record books. Defiance’s fifth straight victory set another program mark, as the Jackets climbed to 6-1 in the HCAC for the most conference victories for the squad since joining the league prior to the 2000 season. DC scored its lone touchdown early in the first quarter as quarterback Rick Powell (Rochester, Mich./Cousino) found the end zone on a 24 yard run. The junior threw for 83 yards and rushed for 67 more against the stingy Spartans defense. Senior kicker Tom Foos (Helena, Ohio/Lakota) added a 27-yard field goal midway through the third quarter, giving the visitors a 10-0 advantage. Manchester scored late in the third quarter on a one yard touchdown plunge from senior running back Adam Schell (Lakeville, Ind./LaVille) to narrow the gap to 10-7. The black and gold moved the ball to the Defiance 31 yard line with 39 seconds to play, but DC defensive back Kyle Longsdorf (London, Ohio/H.S.) hauled in the game-clinching interception in the end zone. Longsdorf finished the game with 17 tackles, one sack, and the game-saving interception, while helping the Jackets defense hold the Spartans to 189 yards of total offense. Defiance can earn a share of the HCAC title with a win over rival Bluffton Saturday and receive help with a Hanover victory at Franklin. Manchester will close the 2010 season at rival Anderson in the annual Bronze Ball game.
Rose-Hulman (5-4, 4-3 HCAC) outscored visiting Anderson University (2-7, 2-5 HCAC) 27-0 in the second half to defeat the Ravens 48-14 Saturday afternoon in Terre Haute. Sophomore quarterback Mitch Snyder (Casey, Ill./Casey-Westfield) led the offense, completing 19 of his 28 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns to mark the second-most touchdown passes in a game in RHIT history. Sophomore receiver Terrae Hall (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) hauled in three of the touchdown’s to mark the second-most touchdown receptions in a game in school history. Rose-Hulman’s offense also rushed for 200 yards against the Ravens’ defense. Sophomore Kyle Kovach (Munster, Ind./Andrean) went over 100 yards for the fourth-straight game, finishing with 105 yards and a score on 21 carries. Senior receiver Reed Eason (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway North) became the career leader for touchdown receptions in the victory. Eason hauled in six catches for 66 yards and his 23rd career touchdown, passing the mark set by Eric Gappa from 1992-95. Defensively for Rose, sophomore defensive back Jordan Martin (Shelbyville, Ind./Triton Central) grabbed three interceptions in the contest. Rose will close the 2010 season at home against Earlham in the Battle of the Borders Broadsword game Saturday afternoon. Anderson will play host to Manchester in the annual Bronze Ball game.