Coaches poll predicts Grizzlies winning HCAC Division

Franklin College is predicted to win its eighth-straight consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football title this season, according to a recent coaches’ preseason poll.

The nine HCAC head coaches gave the Grizzlies seven first-place votes and a total of 88 points in this year’s annual poll.

Head Coach Mike Leonard and the Grizzlies, who have a total of nine HCAC football titles, will be aiming to win their tenth.

Players like last year’s HCAC’s Offensive Most Valuable Player Chase Burton, senior quarterback, helped Franklin edge out second-place Rose-Hulman by eight points. In order, Bluffton, Mt. St. Joseph, Hanover, Defiance, Manchester, Anderson and Earlham followed.

The Grizzlies will face Thomas More on September 2 for their first game of the season.

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Ashley Steeb is the sports editor for The Franklin. She is a Multimedia journalism major with minors in History and Public Relations. Ashley covered the 2016 Republican National Convention for and is a contributing author in the Greatest Sports Stories in the History of Indiana. In her limited spare time, Ashley loves watching Butler basketball, San Francisco Giants baseball, Golf, and NASCAR.

This is Ashley’s third year on The Franklin staff and her first year in a leadership role. She previously held positions as a reporter for the News, Sports and Opinion sections.

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