Earl, Grizzlies roll past Earlham

Jacob Earl had a career day, rushing for 126 yards and four touchdowns on just 13 carries, to help lead the Franklin College football team to a 56-26 road win against Earlham on Saturday.

The Grizzlies (4-2, 4-0 HCAC) led by as many as 43 points before the Quakers tacked on a pair of late touchdowns.

Earl opened the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run with 9:22 left in the first quarter, and Franklin stretched its advantage to 21-0 on a pair of touchdown passes from Chase Burton to Deontez Alexander.

Up 28-13 late in the second quarter, Franklin put the game away before halftime with a 42-yard run by Earl and a 3-yard pass from Burton to Tanner Wroblewski. Earl scored again from 32 yards out in the third period, and Rylan Arihood scored the final Franklin touchdown.

Burton finished the day 21 of 28 passing for 254 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Wroblewski hauled in nine of those throws for 79 yards.

Austin Fleming paced the Grizzlies defensively with eight tackles, while Matt Shoufler added seven. Tyrone Thomas III forced and recovered a fumble to set up Wroblewski’s touchdown catch late in the first half.

Franklin is off this week before traveling to HCAC rival Rose-Hulman on Oct. 21.