North Manchester, Ind. - Amassing 449 yards and six touchdowns through the air, No. 19 Franklin College football picked up a commanding 41-27 victory at Manchester University on Saturday in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action.
Junior quarterback Chase Burton completed 28 of 38 passes for 395 yards and six touchdowns in three quarters on the field.
Franklin (4-1, 3-0 HCAC) scored touchdowns on its first two drives of the game to take an early 14-7 lead. Burton hooked up with junior split end Deontez Alexander for a 13-yard pass for the first score. Then, junior wingback Darrell Crenshaw was on the receiving end of a 1-yard touchdown pass with 1:27 left in the first quarter.
Crenshaw added a touchdown reception on a nine-yard catch from Burton to give Franklin a 20-7 lead at the 13:32 mark of the second quarter.
The Grizzlies took a 27-7 lead in the final two minutes of the first half as senior running back Ty'Ronte Files caught a 42-yard touchdown pass.
In the second half, Burton added two touchdown passes to junior split end Tanner Wroblewski (19 yards) and Alexander (27 yards) in the third quarter as the visiting Grizzlies built a 41-13 lead.
Manchester scored two touchdowns in the final 7:41 to cap the scoring in the contest.
Alexander caught six passes for 112 yards and two scores, while Crenshaw added seven catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, senior linebacker Austin Day had a team-high seven tackles, including three tackles for loss. Junior defensive Ryan Conner intercepted two Manchester passes, while junior linebacker Jared Wesley also added an interception.
Franklin returns to action on Saturday, October 8 at 1:30 p.m. when it hosts Earlham College on Homecoming from Faught Stadium.