GREENWOOD, IN - No. 14 ranked Franklin College (3-2, 3-0 HCAC) set one offensive record and tied another mark in a 55-27 victory over the College of Mount St. Joseph (3-2, 3-1 HCAC) in the 2013 Homecoming contest at Faught Stadium.
Senior quarterback Jonny West (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) tied a single-game school record with seven touchdown passes in the win, six of those strikes coming in the first half of play as the Grizzlies led 48-20 at the break.
Four of West's scoring strikes went to senior Kyle Linville (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) to set a regular-season game record.
For the day, West had 408 passing yards by completing 25 of 38 passes. Meanwhile, Linville had a team-high nine receptions for 142 yards and four touchdowns.
MSJ was paced by the quarterback play of junior Caleb Watkins (Middletown, Ohio/H.S.). Watkins finished 22 of 41 for 261 yards and three touchdowns against the Grizzlies' defense.
Franklin will look to stay perfect in league play as the Grizzlies welcome Anderson to Faught Stadium for a 1:30 PM kickoff Saturday.
Mount St. Joseph will return home to face Defiance at 1:30 PM.
In other action...
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (4-2, 4-0 HCAC) remained atop the league standings with a 34-26 comeback win at Bluffton University (1-5, 1-3 HCAC) Saturday. Rose-Hulman rallied from a 20-0 deficit in the first quarter to earn the eight-point win for its largest comeback since a 33-27 at Hanover College in 1988. Senior Ryan Landwehr (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe) finished 24-35 through the air for 285 yards and two touchdowns to lead the 518-yard offensive attack. Senior Danya Francis (Kissimmee, Fla./Celebration) provided balance with 151 rushing yards on 37 carries with two touchdowns, and Landwehr added 76 rushing yards and one score. Conner Sheehan (Monroeville, Ind./Heritage) led the Bluffton offense with an 18 of 30 performance through the air for 366 yards and four touchdowns in his first college start. Donovan Brown (Cincinnati, Ohio/Purcell Marian) had eight receptions for 203 yards and three touchdowns, including first quarter touchdown catches of 62 and 59 yards to help the Beavers build their early lead. The Fightin' Engineers finally gained the lead at 27-26 on their first drive of the fourth quarter. The 41-yard, eight-play march ended with a nine-yard scoring run by Francis with 13:29 left. Bluffton defended the two-point conversion, keeping the lead at 27-26. Rose-Hulman answered with another scoring march late in the fourth quarter to gain control of the game. The 11-play, seven-minute drive ended with a two-yard scoring run by Landwehr. Rose will return to action on October 26 at home against Franklin, while Bluffton is set to head south to Hanover for a 1:30 PM kickoff Saturday.
Defiance College (3-3, 3-1 HCAC) capped off homecoming week with a 27-12 victory over Manchester University (1-5, 1-3 HCAC) on Saturday afternoon at Justin F. Coressel Stadium. The win brings the Yellow Jackets win streak to three games after starting the season 0-3. Defiance forced four turnovers for the fourth straight week and Alex Larson (Highland, Mich./Milford) threw for three touchdowns in the first victory for the Yellow Jackets over the Spartans since 2010. Larson finished the game with 194 yards passing and three touchdowns while going 17-of-32. Andrew Feldhaus (Lutz, Fla./Steinbrenner) led the way for defensive turnovers for the Yellow Jackets. For the second straight week, Feldhaus had two interceptions and the sophomore defensive back also recovered a fumble early in the game. Defiance outgained Manchester 363 to 238 on the afternoon. The Yellow Jackets have forced at least four turnovers in each of the HCAC games this season. The Yellow Jackets started the streak with four fumbles recovered against Rose-Hulman. The next week against Anderson, the Yellow Jackets had two fumble recoveries and four interceptions. Last week against Earlham, the Yellow Jackets defense had four interceptions and recovered a fumble. In total, the Yellow Jackets have 19 turnovers during the four-game streak. DC will travel to Mount St. Joseph Saturday, while Manchester will head to Earlham.
Hanover College (1-4, 1-2 HCAC) found the win column for the first time this fall with a 44-23 win over Anderson University (0-5, 0-3 HCAC) Saturday afternoon. Junior running back Spencer Corrao (New Albany, Ind.) rushed for a career-high 182 yards and a touchdown in the win to lead the Hanover offense. Senior quarterback Dexter Britt (Louisville, Ky./Male) added 105 yards and two scores on the ground, while throwing for 102 yards and a touchdown. The victory was the fifth in a row against Anderson for Hanover. The Panthers' defense generated 10 sacks and forced the Ravens into 110 yards in losses. Sophomore lineman Jake Stilwell (Anderson, Ind.) had four sacks, including two in one series, and finished with nine total tackles and a forced fumble. Hanover will remain home to face Bluffton Saturday, while Anderson will travel to #14 Franklin.
Earlham College (1-4, 0-3 HCAC) was IDLE this week and will host Manchester at 2:30 PM Saturday.