Football unable to keep pace with Franklin in HCAC contest

Melvin Davis

FRANKLIN, Ind. – Earlham College football set season highs in both points and total offense, but that was not enough to upend defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) champion Franklin College on its home field in a 64-20 loss to the Grizzlies, Saturday afternoon at Faught Stadium.

Earlham (0-8, 0-6 HCAC) finished with 384 yards of total offense, the most since the Quakers amassed 395 yards in last season's matchup with Franklin at Darrell Beane Stadium.

The Quakers finished with 210 yards rushing, with first year Melvin Davis carrying 21 times for a season-high 99 yards and a touchdown, his second of the season. Davis' score came on a one-yard carry at the 7:24 mark of the fourth quarter, capping an eight-play, 66-yard drive that started on the Earlham 34.

First year Malcolm Jones crashed the end zone for Earlham's second touchdown of the day with just 47 seconds showing on the game clock, also on a one-yard TD run. Jones' score closed out a nine-play, 72-yard drive that started on the Quakers' 28-yard line and consumed 4:43 on the game clock for Earlham's longest timed TD drive of the season.

First year quarterback Collin Hauschild finished with 95 yards rushing on 10 carries, including a 38-yard scamper in the first quarter on a 1st-and-10 from the Earlham 37, that had the Quakers knocking on the door of the Franklin red zone early in the contest

Hauschild was nine-of-28 through the air of 104 yards with one interception, while senior Joe Enwright completed all three of his pass attempts for 70 yards.

Sophomore wideout Jamel Barnes hauled in three passes for a team-best 69 yards, while senior Elijah Bilal paced the Quakers with four receptions for 23 yards.

Quaker first year kicker Javier Lopez put the first Earlham points on the scoreboard with a season-long 35-yard field goal with 7:34 to play in the first quarter, trimming Franklin's lead to 13-3 after the Grizzlies scored a pair of quick touchdowns to open the contest.

The Grizzlies responded by scoring four more touchdowns and forcing an Earlham safety before the end of the half, and went into the intermission with a 43-3 advantage.

Lopez booted a 26-yard field goal at the 8:25 mark of the third quarter for the first points of the second half, but Franklin answered with two more rushing touchdowns in the third quarter and another rushing TD to open the fourth.

That advanced Franklin's lead to 64-6, before the two late Earlham touchdowns narrowed the gap to 64-20.

Franklin, who entered the game with the number one-ranked offense in the country with 578.3 yards per game, finished the game with 789 total yards versus Earlham.

Defensively, sophomore Rance Albert led Earlham with 12 total tackles including 10 solo stops and two tackles-for-loss. Austin Baker charted eight stops, while Kobe Walker and Harrison Rice had seven each.

Earlham has a bye next week, and will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 3, when it hosts Defiance College at 1:30 p.m. at Darrell Beane Stadium.

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