BC vs. Franklin preview
By Ben Risinger, SID
October 27, 2003
Where: Franklin , Indiana - Faught Stadium
On the Radio: Listen live to Bluffton College football on WDOH 107.1 FM. The game can also be found on the internet at www.wdoh.com.
The Bluffton Beavers enter the contest with a 2-5 overall record.
is 1-6 on the 2003 season.
Bluffton coach Greg Brooks is 2-5 on his career this season. Brooks is no stranger to the Bluffton program having been the offensive coordinator for the past 23 years. He is a 1977 graduate of Ohio University where he was a quarterback and a four-year letterman for the Bobcats.
Franklin is led by Mike Leonard, who is 1-6 on his career. Leonard graduated from Hanover College and was the offensive coordinator at his alma mater from 1999-2002 before going to Franklin .
The Grizzlies and the Beavers will meet for the seventh time on Saturday. Bluffton
owns a 5-1 series advantage over
. The last time that BC was defeated by the Grizzlies was in 1998 when they were ousted
This Year's contest
Bluffton will enter the contest at 2-5 (0-3 HCAC).
is 1-6 (1-2HCAC) for the 2003 campaign.
's only win of the season came against
27-21 on October 18.
Last Week for Bluffton and
Bluffton continued their Heartland conference season, battling the College of Mount St. Joseph. Final score of the game was 24-0 in favor of the Lions. Quarterback Jared Owen went
Franklin lost to Defiance 34-31 in overtime. The loss was their second OT loss of the year, the fist going to Millikin 28-13. Grizzly quarterback Jerremy Neibert threw for 236 yards (39-22-0). Neibert also led the team in rushing with 86 yards off of 14 carries. Kevin Clark led the team in receiving with six catches for 77 yards and one touchdown.
Leading the Beavers on the year
Quarterback Jared Owens enters the contest with 1003 yards on the season with two
touchdowns from the air. Owens is 138-80-6 for a completion percentage of 58.0 %.
Ben Dodds leads the rushing attack with 724 yards on 165 carries (4.4 avg. per carry).
Dodds currently leads the HCAC in All-Purpose yards, averaging 181.3 ypg. Mark Gable
leads the receivers again with 22 catches for 352 yards on the year (16.0 avg. per
catch). Defensively, Chris Sommers posts 83 tackles (31 solo, 52 assisted) with three
pass break ups and one tackle for loss for the season.
Leading the Grizzlies on the year
Grizzly quarterback Jerremy Neibert has thrown for 926 yards and five touchdowns for the season. He is 175-95-4 on the year with a completion percentage of 54.3 %. Neibert averages 154.6 yards per game. Joliba Brogran leads the rushers with 190 yards on 47 carries (4.0 avg. per carry). Luis Galeano leads the Franklin receivers with 29 catches for 317 yards (10.9 avg. per carry). Ryan Vest posts 27 receptions for 253 yards (9.4 avg. per carry). On the defensive side, Clayton Darlage has 77 tackles on the year (32 solo, 45 assisted), 3.5 TFL's and one pass break up.
Bluffton in the Heartland Conference
As a team the Beavers lead the HCAC in rushing offense, averaging 187.6 yards per game (1312 total yards). Bluffton ranks fourth in total offense with 337.9 ypg. The Beavers defense ranks second in HCAC rushing defense allowing opponents only 117.9 ypg on the ground. In total defense Bluffton is fourth, allowing opponents a total of only 401.1 ypg. The Beavers are fourth in scoring offense, averaging 18.4 ypg.
Beaver individuals in Heartland Conference
Ben Dodds continues to lead the HCAC in all purpose yards for the fourth week,
averaging 181.3 ypg (1269 yds. total). Dodds currently ranks third in the conference
in rushing with 724 total yards (103.4 ypg) with Jared Owens following at sixth in
the league with 292 total yards (41.7 ypg). From the air Owens currently ranks third
in passing with 1003 total yards (115.1 ypg). In total offense Owens ranks fourth,
averaging 185.0 ypg. Chris Sommers leads the conference defensively with 83 tackles
for the season (11.9 tackles per game).
Last Season Overall
Bluffton finished the 2002 campaign at 3-7 (1-5 HCAC). Franklin finished 2-8 (2-4 HCAC) in 2002.
Next up for the Beavers and Grizzlies
Bluffton will host Manchester , with Franklin traveling to Anderson for two conference matchups. Kickoff for both games are scheduled for