HAUTE, IND. -- No. 25 ranked Franklin College improved to 4-0 in
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a 55-24 victory
over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in college football action
Jonny West finished 28-38 through the air for 407 yards and four
touchdowns to lead the Franklin offense. Kyle Linville had
eight receptions for 91 yards and two scores, with Logan
Worley contributing seven catches for 106 yards and one
Junior Mitch Snyder (Casey, Ill./Westfield)
finished 21-44 for 216 yards and one touchdown to pace the
Rose-Hulman offensive attack. Freshman Dominic Sena
(Moss Beach, Calif./Half Moon Bay) emerged as Snyder's
favorite target on the day with 10 catches for 77 yards.
Junior Kyle Kovach (Munster/Andrean) rushed for
113 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries to lead the ground
attack and reach the 100-yard mark for the fourth straight
game. Senior Jordan Nielson (Syracuse,
Utah/Clearfield) contributed four catches for 63
Defensively, senior Brad D'Agnillo (Cincinnati,
Ohio/Colerain) paced the Rose-Hulman effort with 16
tackles and one interception. Sophomore Chad Compton
(Lafayette/McCutcheon) and sophomore Mark Fitz
(Fort Worth, Texas/Eastern Hills) added fumble
Franklin jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a 10-yard scoring run by
Reece Craig early in the first quarter. Rose-Hulman marched
28 yards in eight plays, keyed by a 10-yard rush by Kovach and a
nine-yard third-down scamper by Snyder, to tie the score at
7-7. Kovach scored on a diving one-yard, fourth-down
Franklin took a 14-7 lead into the second quarter on a
seven-yard pass from West to Linville.
Rose-Hulman relied on a piece of school history to move within
14-10 midway through the second quarter. Senior Nick
Schneider (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) became
Rose-Hulman's career leader in field goals with his 26th successful
boot from 23 yards out to bring the Engineers within 14-10.
Schneider surpassed the mark of Vern Vannostran (1982-85), who was
in attendance to watch the accomplishment.
Franklin answered with 20 points to take a 34-10 lead into the
intermission, relying on touchdown passes to Worley and Reece
Craig, along with a six-yard run by Ethan Cook. The Grizzlies
later built the lead with two touchdown passes and a rushing
Rose-Hulman scored the final 14 points for the final
margin. Kovach scored from 37 yards out with several moves
early int he fourth quarter. Nielson hauled in a 36-yard
scoring strike from Snyder on the game's final drive for the last
points of the day.
Franklin improved to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in league play, while
Rose-Hulman dropped to 2-3 and 2-1 in conference games. The
Fightin' Engineers return to action on Saturday at home against
Mount St. Joseph.