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Lions' football team drops Delhi Day match-up to Franklin College, 38-0

Sunday, October 07, 2012
by Dane Neumeister

HCAC-leader Franklin College used a strong passing game today, jumping out to a 21-0 lead at the half, as they went on to post a 38-0 win over the Mount in the Lions' Delhi Day game match-up. The Lions, 2-3 overall, 1-3 in the conference, will resume action on Oct. 13 when they play at HCAC-foe Defiance College. The Grizzlies improve to 3-2 overall, 3-0 in the HCAC.

Franklin's defense stifled the Mount's offense early and often in the game, as the Lions had the ball for seven possessions in the first half, with four series ending with a punt, and two others ending in turnovers (a fumble and an interception). The Grizzlies defense keyed on stopping the Mount's rushing attack, holding the Lions to under 100 yards of offense in the opening half. The Grizzlies offense, however, employed a solid passing game, and after two punts to open the game, scored on three straight possessions - all on TD passes - to take a 21-0 lead with 8:39 to play in the first half. Franklin would add another TD pass nearly halfway through the third quarter. The Grizzlies tacked on 10 more points in the final quarter, on a field goal and short TD run.

Overall, the Lions got the ball four times in Franklin territory, with their deepest drive going to the Franklin 13-yard line, with that drive ending in a first quarter interception. The Mount drove to the Franklin 39-yard line on their last possession of the game, as the final horn sounded.

James Clay (Louisville, KY/duPont Manual) had 65 yards rushing as the Lions gained 118 yards on the ground. Cody Meade (Paintsville, KY/Pike County Central) added 46 yards on four carries. The Mount completed five-of-11 passes in the game for 53 yards, as five different receivers grabbed had one reception each. Juan Gomez (John's Creek, GA/Chatahoochee) led the defense with seven tackles, including two tackles for loss yards. Marvin Draper (Columbus, OH/Whetstone) had an interception.

The Grizzlies held a 22-9 advantage in first downs and out-gained the Lions, 356-171 yards as they won their third straight game in the all-time series between the two teams. The Lions had the edge in possession time, 33:04-26:56 but went three-of-14 on third down conversions, while allowing Franklin to convert four-of-11 third down attempts.

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