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Tigers Defense Shuts Down Grizzlies; Gardner Sets Field Goal Mark

October 12, 1996

PRE-GAME NOTES | STATISTICS

October 12, 1996, Franklin, Ind. - Behind the strength of a defense which held Franklin College to just 284 yards (219 below their Division III seventh-ranked total) of offense, the DePauw football team improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a 19-14 win over the host Grizzlies. Franklin fell to 3-2 and 0-1.

The Tigers made their defensive presence known from the beginning as Scott Farnham (Sr., Omaha, Neb./Westside) picked off the first of his two interceptions on the day on the game's first play from scrimmage. The Tigers turned the miscue into three points as Jason Gardner (Jr., Milan/Rockville) booted a 23-yard field goal. Gardner went on to kick two more field goals in the half to give DePauw a 9-0 halftime lead.

The Tigers' second possession of the second half resulted in another Gardner field goal of 27 yards. The four field goals broke the school mark of three held by Tom Downham in 1986 and Mike Kelly in 1988.

DePauw's bid for a shutout ended in the fourth when Rick Etienne scored from one yard out on a fourth-and-goal play with 12:43 left to make it 12-7. The key play in the drive was a 61-yard run by Etienne. The Old Gold responded with a solid drive that began at their own 20-yard line and ended on Ryan Law's (Tipton/Tipton) 17-yard touchdown run which was also his first rush attempt of the season. Gardner's extra point gave the Tigers a 19-7 lead.

Franklin quarterback Scott Sherry drove his Grizzlies to the DePauw nine-yard line, but a pair of sacks totaling 33 yards gave the ball back to the Tigers.

Franklin picked up its last score on after Adam Mergenthal blocked Matt Hollway's (Jr., Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) punt and returned it for a touchdown with six seconds left. The Tigers recovered the ensuing onside kick to preserve the victory.

DePauw totaled 272 yards with 135 on the ground. David Schubert (So., Coatesville/North Putnam) totaled 69 yards on 13 carries in the first half before leaving with an injury. Johnathon Stigall (So., Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda) finished with 68 yards on 19 carries. Joe Cheshire (So., Indianapolis/North Central) and Jay Pettigrew (Sr., Indianapolis/North Central) each caught four passes. Pettigrew extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 34.

Etienne led Franklin with 77 rushing yards on 18 carries with 61 coming on one carry. He entered the game as the eighth leading rusher in Division III with an average of 166.3 yards per game. Sherry completed 20 of 32 passes for 228 yards, but was intercepted four times. He entered the game rated 16th in the nation in passing efficiency with just one interception in 140 attempts.

Jon Holloway (Sr., Fishers/Cathedral) recorded 10 tackles including one for a loss and a pass deflection. Tim Capper (Sr., Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) anchored the defensive line with seven tackles and had four for losses.

DePauw's 4-1 start is the best since the 1986 squad opened the season with a similar record. DePauw goes after its fifth win of the season when it hosts Hanover next Saturday on Old Gold Day. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Franklin travels to Anderson.

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