Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College football team looks to even its season record when hosting Bluffton University in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Service Tribute Day this Saturday, September 27 at 1:30 p.m. in Faught Stadium.
In pregame ceremonies, the athletic department and football program will recognize military personnel and members of the Indiana State Police, Franklin and Indianapolis Metropolitan police departments, Johnson County Sheriff's Office, and Franklin College Security Office.
Franklin Head Football Coach Mike Leonard will also be participating in the American Football Coaches Association's Coach to Cure MD initiative. He will be wearing a patch to raise public awareness for monetary donations to help fund research to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The Grizzlies are 1-2 on the season after a 62-14 victory in their HCAC opener last Saturday at Anderson University. The team scored touchdowns on its first four offensive drives.
Senior quarterback Grant Welp (Ferdinand, Ind./Forest Park) is this week's HCAC Offensive Player of the Week. He threw five touchdown passes and for 321 yards against Anderson. Welp leads the team with 842 passing yards and 132 rushing yards.
Franklin earned 634 yards of total offense last Saturday, including 227 rushing yards. Junior Patrick Ellis (Shelbyville, Ind./Shelbyville) led the ground attack with 58 yards. Sophomore Ty'Ronte Files (Ocala, Fla./Vanguard) scored two rushing touchdowns and added a receiving touchdown. Senior Joey Pasquale (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) is averaging nearly five yards per carry and gained 123 yards on the season.
Senior Zach Cole (Middletown, Ind./Shenandoah) is Welp's favorite target with a team-high 14 receptions. Classmate Dylan Jenney (Floyds Knobs, Ind./Floyd Central) has caught 12 passes for a team-best 213 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Jonny Hession (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) rounds out the talented receiving corps with 11 catches.
Defensively, junior Jeremiah Windell (Corydon, Ind./Corydon Central) leads the team with 27 tackles. He has made three tackles for loss and had one quarterback sack this fall. Lucas Windell (Corydon, Ind./Corydon Central) ranks second on the team with 17 tackles. The Grizzlies recorded three interceptions at Anderson.
Bluffton, 0-2 on the season, is playing its league opener on Saturday. The team is coming off a 32-20 loss at Baldwin-Wallace University on September 13.