Football Season Ends with Second-Round Playoff Loss at UW-Whitewater
Whitewater, Wis. - The Franklin College football team lost 33-3 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs on Saturday. The No. 20-ranked Grizzlies ended the season with an 8-4 record and a fourth straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, while this year's senior class ended their careers with 36 wins and three straight second-round playoff appearances.
UW-Whitewater (12-0), ranked No. 5 in the D3football.com national poll, took a 7-0 lead on a nine-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Behrendt to receiver Jake Kumerow at the 10:52 mark of the opening quarter.
The hosts added 10 points in the second quarter to build a 17-0 halftime advantage. Behrendt threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Justin Howard and Eric Kindler converted a 29-yard field goal.
In the second half, senior placekicker Mike Wood (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) made a career-long 46-yard field goal with 9:34 remaining in the third quarter.
UW-Whitewater answered with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Behrendt to Kumerow take a 23-3 lead midway through the quarter. The Warhawks added 10 points in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.
UW-Whitewater has won four national championships since 2007.
Individually, Franklin senior quarterback Jonny West (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) threw for 297 yards on 33 completions. Senior Kyle Linville (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) led the receivers with 11 receptions for 105 yards and junior Jonny Hession (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) added six catches.
West holds school career records for passing yards (10,653), completions (894), touchdowns (105), attempts (1,407) and total offense (10,910).
Linville ends his career holding every single-season and career receiving record. He recorded 106 catches this season and 306 career receptions. Linville, a Gagliardi Trophy finalist, had 53 career touchdowns and 4,691 receiving yards – the most of any active NCAA wide receiver.
The game concluded the careers of 18 seniors that became the first football program to win four consecutive HCAC titles. The class had a 36-11 record overall and 31-1 mark in conference play.