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Football Team Advances into NCAA Playoffs; College to Host Washington University-St. Louis

FRANKLIN SHIELD NAVY-GOLDThe Franklin College football team has been selected to host Washington University-St. Louis in a NCAA Division III first-round playoff contest on Saturday, November 23 at noon from Faught Stadium.

Advance tickets for Saturday’s game will be on sale in the Franklin College Business Office in Old Main only, starting at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 20 through noon on Friday, Nov. 22. Tickets will be available on game day at the box office at Stewart “Red” Faught Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students each.  Children under age 2 will be admitted free. College I.D. cards and other college-related passes will not be honored.  Gates will open on game day at 10:30 a.m.

The Grizzlies were the only Indiana school to make the 32-team Division III playoff field. Franklin earned the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s (HCAC) automatic bid.

The Grizzlies captured their fourth consecutive conference title after a 59-21 win at Hanover College on Saturday. The playoff appearance marks the sixth postseason trip in the last seven years, including four straight seasons. Franklin made second-round playoff appearances in 2011 and 2012. The team advanced to the quarterfinals in 2008. This marks the fourth home playoff game in program history. The Grizzlies hosted a quarterfinal contest in 2008 against Wheaton College (Ill.) and first-round playoff games in 2007 against North Central College and in 2011 against Thomas More College (Ky.).

Franklin stands 7-3 on the season and went 7-1 in HCAC play. Senior Jonny West (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) leads an offensive attack that is averaging 48.6 points per game. The preseason All-American quarterback leads all NCAA Division III quarterbacks with 38 touchdown passes. He has thrown for 3,362 yards and completed 67.5 percent of his passes this season. West has set career school records for completions and passing yards during the 2013 season.

Senior Kyle Linville (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) has caught 83 passes for 1,155 yards this season. The preseason All-American has also had 13 touchdown receptions.

Junior Joey Pasquale (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) leads the rushing attack with 439 yards and six touchdowns. Pasquale has caught 34 passes from the backfield. Washington University went 8-2 and received an at-large bid after winning the University Athletic Association title.

The Bears defeated Carnegie Mellon 9-7, Case Western Reserve 29-0 and the University of Chicago 17-7 in conference play this season. The team enters the playoffs on a seven-game winning streak. This will mark the program’s first playoff appearance since 1999.

For more information about tickets, please contact the Business Office at (317) 738-8031.

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