Franklin, Ind. - Franklin College's No. 14-ranked football team set one offensive record and tied another mark in a 55-27 victory over the College of Mount St. Joseph in the 2013 Homecoming contest at Faught Stadium. The Grizzlies remain unbeaten in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action with a 3-0 mark, while being 3-2 overall for the season.
Senior quarterback Jonny West (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) tied a single-game school record with seven touchdown passes. Chad Rupp threw seven touchdowns in a first-round playoff victory over Otterbein during his All-American season in 2008.
Four of West's scoring strikes went to senior Kyle Linville (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) to set a regular-season game record. West found Linville on a 15-yard touchdown score just 28 seconds into the game as the hosts had 21 first-quarter points and held a 48-20 halftime advantage.
MSJ (3-2, 3-1 HCAC) tried to keep pace with the high-powered Grizzlies by tying the game at 7-7 on a 65-yard touchdown pass at the 13:42 mark of the first quarter. Junior Jonny Hession (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) was on the receiving end of a 38-yard score on Franklin's next offensive drive to give Franklin a 14-7 lead.
After leading 14-10 in the first quarter, the Grizzlies pulled away on a 15-yard touchdown pass to senior Joey Pasquale (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) and a 71-yard scoring aerial to junior Zach Cole (Middletown, Ind./Shenandoah) -- the longest offensive play of the season for the Grizzlies. That score gave Franklin a 28-17 lead.
Junior Sam Otley (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) culminated a nine-play drive with an one-yard touchdown plunge in the final minute of the first half.
Franklin's scoring was capped with West's final TD pass of the day, a nine-yard effort to Linville with 10:28 remaining in the third quarter.
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. Cole and Hession also went over 100 yards receiving in the game. Both had six catches, including one touchdown catch each.
Defensively, senior Jordan Segner (Anderson, Ind./Highland) had a game-high eight tackles. Senior Matt Walker (North Vernon, Ind./Jennings County) made 3.5 tackles for loss and senior Dominique Boyd (Louisville, Ky./DeSales) had two sacks in the contest.
Franklin stays at home on Saturday, October 19 at 1:30 p.m. when it hosts Anderson University on Community Day from Faught Stadium. The team will also partner with the HCAC's Samaritan's Feet initiative. Live video and statistics of the game will be available here. In-game updates will also be available on Twitter (@FCAthletics) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinCollegeAthletics).