GREENWOOD, IN - Franklin College (5-2, 5-0 HCAC) scored four different ways in earning a decisive 64-14 victory at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (4-3, 4-1 HCAC) on Saturday afternoon.
The victory gives the Grizzlies sole possession of first place in the HCAC and moves the team to No. 11 in the latest D3football.com Top 25 poll.
Franklin scored through the air, on the ground, defensively, and had a safety in the contest. The team has scored 50 or more points in four consecutive games.
The blue and gold held a 34-0 lead at halftime and added another 30 points in the third quarter of play.
Senior preseason All-American split end Kyle Linville (Speedway, Ind./H.S.) had season highs with 16 catches and 200 yards receiving, hauling in a pair of touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Jonny West (Speedway, Ind./H.S.) ended the game throwing for 473 yards and completing 39 of his 53 passes, becoming the program's career leader for completions.
For the game, Franklin totaled 31 first downs with 578 yards of offense.
Franklin returns to action on Saturday for its final home game of the season against Defiance, while Rose-Hulman will look to bounce back at home against Mount St. Joseph.
In other action...
The College of Mount St. Joseph (5-2, 5-1 HCAC) continued its winning ways in the HCAC with a 41-27 win on Saturday afternoon at Manchester University (2-6, 2-4 HCAC). With the win, MSJ moves into second place in the conference standings, one-half game behind Franklin. The Spartans jumped out to a 13- 0 lead against the Lions by the end of the first quarter, scoring on two one-yard runs. The Lions responded with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to knot the score at 13-13 heading into the break. The Mount would go on a 21-0 run to begin the second half, putting the game out of reach. The Mount held a 25-16 edge in first downs, and rolled up 477 yards of total offense to Manchester's 249 yards of offense. MSJ's Caleb Watkins (Middletown, Ohio/H.S.) finished the game 26 of 38 for 333 yards, four TDs and one interception. Leonard Riston (Cincinnati, Ohio/Withrow) had 10 receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown to lead all receivers. MSJ will travel to Terre Haute to face Rose-Hulman Saturday in a battle of one-loss HCAC teams. Manchester will return to action on Saturday, November 9 at Hanover.
Hanover College (3-4, 3-2 HCAC) rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Defiance College (3-5, 3-3 HCAC) 25-21 Saturday afternoon. The win was the third straight league win for the Panthers. Senior quarterback Dexter Britt (Louisville, Ky./Male) lofted a 36-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Spencer Corrao (New Albany, Ind./Our Lady of Providence) in the final minute to earn the win. The Panthers were limited to just seven offensive yards but managed a 12-0 lead at halftime. Defiance scored twice in the third period to surge ahead 14-12 and increased the margin to 21-12 with a touchdown in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter. Defiance had the ball with 30 seconds left in the contest. However, sophomore lineman Jake Stilwell (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) had two sacks and forced a fumble to seal Hanover's victory. The Hanover offense totaled only 162 yards against the stout Defiance defense, while the host Jackets tallied 233 yards of offense. Hanover will travel to Earlham Saturday, while Defiance will head south to face Franklin.
Earlham College (2-5, 1-4 HCAC) came from behind to earn a 21-20 win at Anderson University (0-7, 0-5 HCAC) Saturday. The host Ravens held a 20-0 lead at the half, but the Quakers rallied with three second half touchdowns to earn the win. With the Quakers trailing 20-14, Matt Couch (Versailles, Ky./Woodford Co.) connected on a 39-yard scoring strike to Jalen Kenner (Reserve, La./East St. John) to put the Quakers on top with 8:45 left in the final quarter. From that point, the Ravens had the ball four more times and failed to find the end zone as two of the drives ended with fumbles. The Quakers also forced the Ravens to punt and then they had another failed fourth down play. Couch completed 14 of his 33 passes for 204 yards and two scores. Kenner was his favorite target on Saturday with seven catches for 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Anderson quarterback Chandler Farrow (San Pedro, Calif./H.S.) ended the afternoon 26 of 53 for 287 yards and two touchdowns. Earlham will return home to face Hanover Saturday afternoon, while Anderson will look for its first win of the season at Bluffton.
Bluffton University (1-6, 1-4 HCAC) was IDLE this week and will host Anderson at 1:30 PM Saturday.