Momentum on both sidelines


Franklin College junior quarterback Jonny West has been one of NCAA Division III's top passers the past two seasons. The Grizzlies open postseason play Saturday at Adrian (Mich.). PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

As regular-season-finales go, it’s hard to imagine finishing on a higher emotional note than the Franklin College football team did this past week.

In the annual Victory Bell Classic against archrival Hanover, the host Grizzles retained possession of the bell, won sole possession of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and earned a third-straight trip to the NCAA Division III playoffs with a decisive 58-29 win.

Season-finales don’t get better than that. Except for maybe Adrian College, which enters the postseason on an emotional high, as well.

Having already secured a playoff bid, unranked Adrian (Mich.) traveled this past week to No. 17 Division III Huntingdon College in Alabama with nothing to lose, except a meaningless out-of-conference road game.

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