Nationally Ranked Franklin Tops Rose-Hulman

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short-fcTERRE 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 on Saturday.

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 touchdown.

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 yards.

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 recoveries.

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 leap.

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 touchdown.

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.