Grizzlies rout Manchester in football

Forcing five turnovers on the day, the Franklin College football team beat Manchester 69-19 Saturday at home.

The Grizzlies (3-2, 3-0 HCAC) got on the board early with a 19-yard pass from Chase Burton to Deontez Alexander. Minutes later, Burton hit Alexander again for a 57-yard touchdown.

“The offense got right to scoring and the defense played incredibly well to hold [Manchester] today,” Franklin coach Mike Leonard said. “I’m really pleased with the hard work put in by the team and the outcome of the game.”

Jordan Brown scored the Grizzlies’ third touchdown of the first quarter, and his fifth of the year, on a 1-yard run. After a Spartan turnover, Burton added a 4-yard touchdown run.

The Spartans got on the board halfway through the second quarter, but Burton got the ball to Brown for another Grizzly touchdown and followed with a pass to Tanner Wroblewski for another score late in the first half.

Lee Wroblewski caught a 15-yard pass from Burton to increase the lead in the third quarter, and the Grizzlies’ refused to slow down in the fourth. Jacob Earl scored on a 1-yard run, followed by a 41-yard pass from Braden Smith to Tayjon McKinney-Cole. Smith capped the scoring with a 9-yard run.

Burton had 417 yards passing on the day with five touchdown passes, while Earl carried the ball 19 times for 90 yards.

The Grizzlies travel to Richmond this Saturday to take on Earlham College.