Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College football team will host Earlham College in the college's annual homecoming game on Saturday, October 11, starting at 1:30 p.m., from Faught Stadium.
After starting the season with two losses, the Grizzlies have responded to win three consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) games. The latest triumph was a dramatic 29-28 triumph at Manchester University last Saturday.
Senior quarterback Grant Welp (Ferdinand, Ind./Forest Park) is the reigning HCAC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring in three different ways at Manchester. He threw two touchdown passes, rushed for another score, and caught the game-winning two-point conversion pass with 1:55 left in the game.
Welp orchestrated the key 12 play, 86-yard game-winning drive to keep the Grizzlies atop the league standings after three weeks. He has thrown 16 touchdown passes and for 1,516 yards in his first season under center. The senior also is tied for team-high honors with 198 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Senior wing back Zach Cole (Middletown, Ind./Shenandoah) leads a balanced receiving unit with 23 catches, and is averaging 11.3 yards per reception. Classmate Jonny Hession (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) has scored on three of his 22 catches this fall.
Senior running back Joey Pasquale (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) has recorded 19 receptions and three touchdowns. He also is tied with Welp with 198 rushing yards on the season.
Sophomore running back Ty'Ronte Files (Ocala, Fla./Vanguard) is averaging five yards per carry this season, and has scored three rushing touchdowns.
Defensively, junior linebacker Jeremiah Windell (Corydon, Ind./Corydon Central) leads the unit with 46 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss. Senior Jameson Brock (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) has tallied 26 stops, a pass interception, and a fumble recovery.
The Franklin Athletic Department will recognize the three latest inductees to the Athletic Hall of Fame during halftime. The inductees are former football and track athlete/football coach Bill Unsworth, women's basketball player Jackie Ferguson, and All-American men's basketball player Jason Sibley.