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Franklin holds off second-half comeback by Thomas More to claim NCAA First Round victory

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FRANKLIN, Ind. – Franklin College withstood a second-half comeback by visiting Thomas More and prevailed 24-21 in their NCAA Division III first round football playoff game at Faught Stadium this afternoon.

Ranked 17th in the D3football.com Top 25 poll and rated 16th in the AFCA Division III Top 25 ranking this week, the Grizzlies (10-1) advanced to the second round where they will meet defending champion Wisconsin-Whitewater (11-0) on Saturday, Nov. 26.

The Warhawks, rated first in both D-III national polls, advanced by routing Albion (Mich.) 59-0 today.

Franklin dominated play most of the first half and took a 17-0 advantage into the halftime intermission. But the Saints (9-2) struck back in the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns to pull to within three points.

The Grizzlies got some breathing room when sophomore quarterback Jonny West hit a wide open senior wingback Logan Worley on a 6-yard pass play to put FC up 24-14 with 13:14 to play.

Thomas More fought back to within three points again though when sophomore running back Domonique Hayden rushed for a 6-yard TD with 6:20 left, but Franklin kept the visitors off the scoreboard the rest of the way to win its first NCAA III football playoff game at home in three tries.

FC scored the game's only first-quarter TD when freshman running back Sam Otley scored on a 1-yard run, capping an 80-yard drive.

In the second period, junior kicker Cole Richards booted a 30-yard field goal at the 12:13 mark and sophomore running back Ethan Cook for a 1-yard TD with 3:07 left before the break.

The Saints stunned the hosts and the crowd when sophomore Kendall Owens returned a punt 84 yards to put Thomas More on the board. The visitiors then pulled to within three points when Hayden rushed for his first TD on a 2-yard play midway in the quarter.

West completed 26 of 44 passes for 228 yards and one touchdown with an interception. Sophomore split end Kyle Linville made eight catches and Cook rushed for 44 yards and his TD on 12 carries.

Franklin gained 323 yards of total offense as a team to Thomas More's 246 total.

Oct. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
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Oct. 21: All times Eastern
3rd - 07:11
14 Westfield State
29 Framingham State
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10 Moravian
10 Juniata
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4th - 12:41
7 Endicott
28 Salve Regina
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3rd - 05:56
7 St. Vincent
56 Thomas More
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Hobart at Union
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17 Colby
14 Hamilton
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William Paterson at Christopher Newport
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0 St. John Fisher
0 Ithaca
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Kenyon at Allegheny
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7 SUNY-Maritime
7 Mount Ida
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27 Middlebury
7 Bates
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0 Catholic
48 Springfield
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Wesleyan at Amherst
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2nd - 03:27
7 Bowdoin
43 Trinity (Conn.)
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2nd - 01:13
14 Husson
7 Gallaudet
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2nd - 15:00
7 Wabash
14 Oberlin
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6 Buffalo State
13 Utica
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0 Ohio Northern
6 Muskingum
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0 Montclair State
24 Frostburg State
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Rowan at Wesley
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10 Albright
5 Stevenson
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24 Wittenberg
3 DePauw
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14 Alma
14 Albion
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13 Shenandoah
21 Guilford
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20 Plymouth State
0 Massachusetts Maritime
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30 Wooster
12 Hiram
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28 Washington and Lee
0 Hampden-Sydney
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7 Alfred State
16 Anna Maria
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25 Bridgewater
10 Emory and Henry
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Wilkes at FDU-Florham
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10 Lebanon Valley
0 Misericordia
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Rochester at St. Lawrence
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RPI at Alfred
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7 Nichols
17 Curry
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0 Southern Virginia
28 Salisbury
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10 Ferrum
14 Brevard
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0 Ursinus
7 Susquehanna
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17 Cortland
13 Morrisville State
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14 Hope
27 Trine
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17 Trinity (Texas)
0 Sewanee
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7 Wartburg
7 Luther
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Dickinson at Franklin and Marshall
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0 Tufts
0 Williams
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2nd - 14:49
28 Mount Union
0 Wilmington
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7 MIT
0 Coast Guard
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7 Maine Maritime
14 Norwich
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7 Heidelberg
7 Marietta
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14 Franklin
3 Rose-Hulman
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14 John Carroll
0 Capital
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7 Bluffton
14 Manchester
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Mount St. Joseph at Anderson
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UW-Whitewater at UW-River Falls
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Kean at TCNJ
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0 Greensboro
0 LaGrange
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0 Mass-Dartmouth
0 Worcester State
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0 Muhlenberg
0 McDaniel
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7 Western New England
0 Becker
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1st - 13:05
0 Methodist
0 Maryville (Tenn.)
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0 Adrian
0 Kalamazoo
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Denison at Ohio Wesleyan
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Westminster (Pa.) at Washington and Jefferson
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Berry at Millsaps
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0 Olivet
0 Benedictine
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1st - 13:45
7 Birmingham-Southern
0 Austin
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Belhaven at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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UW-Stevens Point at UW-Stout
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Eureka at MacMurray
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Carthage at Illinois Wesleyan
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7 Nebraska Wesleyan
0 Buena Vista
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0 Lakeland
0 Wisconsin Lutheran
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0 Rockford
0 Aurora
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0 Concordia (Wis.)
0 Concordia-Chicago
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Carleton at St. Olaf
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0 Gustavus Adolphus
7 St. John's
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0 Augsburg
0 Concordia-Moorhead
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St. Thomas at Hamline
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0 Westminster (Mo.)
0 Greenville
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Coe at Loras
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Monmouth at Cornell
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Wheaton (Ill.) at North Park
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Northwestern (Minn.) at Martin Luther
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Lawrence at St. Norbert
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St. Scholastica at Crown
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Minnesota-Morris at Iowa Wesleyan
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Merchant Marine at WPI
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Rhodes at Centre
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Hanover at Earlham
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Augustana at North Central (Ill.)
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East Texas Baptist at Louisiana College
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Chapman at La Verne
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Pacific at Lewis and Clark
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Pacific Lutheran at Willamette
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Puget Sound at Whitworth
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Redlands at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
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George Fox at Linfield
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Sul Ross State at Howard Payne
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Dean at Castleton
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N.C. Wesleyan at Averett
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Baldwin Wallace at Otterbein
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Case Western Reserve at Geneva
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Carnegie Mellon at Thiel
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Knox at Illinois College
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Whittier at Cal Lutheran
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Occidental at Pomona-Pitzer
Oct. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
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Oct. 21: All times Eastern
1:00 PM
Rowan at Wesley
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2nd - 15:00
0 Montclair State
24 Frostburg State
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24 Wittenberg
3 DePauw
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0 Catholic
48 Springfield
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7 Wartburg
7 Luther
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2nd - 14:49
28 Mount Union
0 Wilmington
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7 Heidelberg
7 Marietta
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2:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Washington and Jefferson
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2:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Texas Lutheran
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2:00 PM
Belhaven at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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2:00 PM
St. Thomas at Hamline
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13:08 1st
0 Gustavus Adolphus
7 St. John's
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2:00 PM
Carthage at Illinois Wesleyan
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1st - 13:02
0 Augsburg
0 Concordia-Moorhead
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2:00 PM
Berry at Millsaps
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2:10 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Eau Claire
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3:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-La Crosse
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3:00 PM
Augustana at North Central (Ill.)
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Hartwick at Brockport
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George Fox at Linfield
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Case Western Reserve at Geneva
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