Bell, berth on line for Grizzlies in HCAC finale


Franklin College football coach Mike Leonard encourages the Grizzlies during a Sept. 1 game visiting University of Mount Union. Franklin will host Hanover for the annual Victory Bell game Saturday. FILE

Incentives? There’s no shortage of those.

Bragging rights, a coveted trophy and a trip to the postseason all are on the line Saturday when the Franklin College football team hosts Hanover in the annual Victory Bell Classic.

Win, and the Grizzlies advance to the postseason for a third straight year and for the fifth time in the past six. Lose, they stay home and hand the Victory Bell to the Panthers for the first time in eight seasons.

Stakes simply don’t get higher than that.

The Grizzlies don’t need a reminder.

“It’s the Bell game. It’s been a rivalry for over a century,” said senior co-captain Brooks Bemis, a three-year starting offensive lineman from Center Grove. “It means a lot more than a normal game because of the rivalry and also because it’s deciding who gets to go to the playoffs.

“It’s got a lot riding on it.”

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