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The Grizzlies' fight to keep up with the UW-Platteville Pioneers. 

The Franklin College Grizzlies (2-1) fell to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneers (1-2) Saturday at Franklin’s second home game of the year. The two teams swapped the lead several times before UW-Platteville took it for good in the fourth quarter.

The Pioneers started the game with several big plays early on. Colin Shuetz passed the ball to Brandt Stair, who ran it for 36 yards before being brought down at Franklin’s own 32-yard line. This set UW-Platteville up for a 22-yard touchdown completed by Ben Wilson early in the game, putting the team up 7-0 after Andrew Schweigert scored the extra point.

Dane Andrews began Franklin’s first possession with a pass to #82 Devon Mueller, who ran for 29 yards before being forced out of bounds. But a sack, a loss of yards and an incomplete pass pushed them back to their own 47-yard line. Andrews let loose a pass to Dylan McKinney for a 22-yard gain, but a holding penalty for the Grizzlies canceled their progress. An incomplete pass to McKinney on 4th down ended their first drive.

On their second possession, UW-Platteville pushed themselves deeper into Franklin’s defensive territory; however, a holding penalty nullified what would have been a 21-yard touchdown for Donald Allender, nullified the play and pushed the team back 10 yards. In a last ditch effort, the Pioneers attempted a field goal. The attempt came up no good, with the ball kicked wide and to the left.

During Franklin’s responsive charge, Andrews was sacked by #98 Tyler Bacon and fumbled the ball. UW-Platteville's Garret Schomaker recovered the ball at Franklin’s 41-yard line and gave control of the game back to the Pioneers.

 

Not to be undermined, Franklin’s defense held strong against UW-Platteville, preventing the team from advancing downfield. On fourth-and-5 on Franklin’s 36-yard line, the Pioneer’s Schuetz made a big pass to Allender who had moved well past the first down line but couldn’t complete the catch, landing out of bounds. 

During the second quarter, the Grizzlies began to show promise. On second-and-10 at UW-Platteville’s 48-yard line, Andrews completed an impressive pass to Jarrett Gibson for a 48-yard touchdown. A successful field goal by Carter Brown tied the game up at 7-7.

After an unsuccessful drive by the Pioneers, Franklin fought their way back and #9 Garret Cora completed an 11-yard touchdown, putting Franklin into a 14-7 lead, with the help of Brown's extra point. UW-Platteville tried to even things out with a 54-yard field goal return by Tyler Lamer, but the Grizzly defense held them off. 

When the Pioneers inherited the ball once again, Andrew Schweigert successfully kicked a field goal to close out UW-Platteville’s drive, bringing them up to 10 points to Franklin’s 14.

At the start of the second half, a pass intercepted by Samuel Tausz gave the Pioneers the ball in their end zone. They eventually scored with a 2-yard rushing touchdown by Schuetz.

During Andrew Schweigert’s extra point attempt, Franklin’s Tory Evans caught the ball, and bolted down to the other end of the field for a two point defensive PAT. This tied the score up at 16-16.

After UW-Platteville forced Franklin to punt, Colin Schuetz scored the third touchdown of the day for a 23-16 lead in the Pioneer’s favor. Later, an interception at the end of the third quarter allowed #81 Lucas Petersen scored a 14-yard touchdown, which stretched UW-Platteville’s lead to 30-19.

The Pioneer’s Tyler Lamer scored the Pioneer’s fifth touchdown of the day with a 30-yard rush and Tyler Bacon intercepted a ball and returned it for a 50-yard Pioneer Touchdown, giving UW-Platteville a comfortable 44-19 advantage over Franklin.

With the game clock winding down, the Grizzlies made one more field goal attempt from the 40-yard line, but it bounced off the upright and marked the end of the game.

The Grizzlies have the next week off before taking on Manchester at home for the Football Alumni Day. The gametime will be 1:30 pm Saturday, October 2.

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