Grizzlies roar into Texas: Football team faces Mary Hardin-Baylor in national tournament


Coach Mike Leonard, center, has led the Franklin College football team to the NCAA Div. III playoffs four times in the last five years. The 16h-ranked Grizzlies play a second-round game Saturday at No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor. Photo by Steve McClure

Once upon a not-too-distant time, shock and awe might have ruled.

But not anymore.

When the Franklin College football team takes the field today against the No. 2-ranked team in NCAA Division III, the tournament-tested Grizzlies won’t be intimidated.

They’ll be focused on their objective: Getting to the third round of the national playoffs.

Coming off of a 42-10 first-round win at Adrian (Mich.) last week, the No. 16 Grizzlies (9-2) have played against the nation’s best teams multiple times the past three seasons and have no fear of the host Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders (11-0).

Lots of respect, to be sure, but no fear.

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