By Megan Powell
The football team clinched its third straight win in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) with a shutout against Manchester Saturday.
“We can always improve because we are not perfect,” sophomore and quarterback Chase Burton said. “We have a 3-0 record and we have to keep building off of that. We have to prepare like we are the underdogs, like coach always says, and go out there are execute.”
The team defeated the Knights with a score of 42-0 and won its second consecutive game at home. This was the second shutout of the season for Franklin. The first was against Anderson with a 56-0.
“The defense came out and shut them out,” junior and running back Ty’Ronte Fields said. “As for the offense, we did a pretty good job and did not have too many turnovers. The offensive line always does a wonderful job opening up big holes for me.”
This matchup was record breaking for a few of the players. Burton threw a career high of 413 yards in the game while scoring two touchdowns. Junior and running back Kole Stogner had a game high of 60 yards rushing. Senior and linebacker Lucas Windell registered 11 tackles.
“We are fortunate to have stable guys who can make things happen when they touch the ball and a solid offensive line that does a great job of pass blocking and opening up running lanes for the backs,” Offensive Coordinator and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Matt Theobald said.
This win marks 23 straight home conference victories.
The Grizzlies face Earlham on the road tomorrow with kick off at 2:30 p.m.
“Like coach says, right now, we are in the driver’s seat,” Fields said. “We have to keep playing hard, move forward as a team and finish the season undefeated in the conference for a chance to be in the playoffs.”