Ex-Cubs wrap up football careers at Franklin in NCAA tournament
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 10:00 AM
Two former Madison Cubs wrapped up their collegiate football careers last weekend in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.
IT’S A WRAP: Former Madison football players Zach Zehren and Trey Thurston wrapped up their football careers as players for Franklin College last weekend in the NCAA Division III playoffs. The two seniors are pictured in action earlier this season when Franklin played at Hanover. Zehren (above) and Thurston (below) were both standouts for Madison who graduated there in 2010. (Courier file photos by Mark Campbell)
Madison's Zach Zehren and Trey Thurston were members of the Franklin College Grizzlies squad that bowed out of the playoff in a 33-3 loss at Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday.
Both seniors at Franklin, Zehren was his team's starting safety this season while Thurston was a backup wingback on a Franklin squad that went 8-4, won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs and defeated Washington (Mo.) 17-10 in the opening round of the playoffs.
Both standout players at Madison who graduated in 2010, Zehren played varsity in all 12 games for Franklin as both a junior and senior and he was a starter for the Grizzlies this season with 35 tackles - including 24 solos - to go with there interceptions, three tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery.
Zehren, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound strong safety, had a solo tackle and two assists and broke up to passes Saturday in the loss to Whitewater. He had two solo tackles and two assists in the playoff win over Washington.
Thurston, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound wingback, played in three games for Franklin in 2013 and had one carry.
The two former Cubs played their collegiate careers at Franklin for former Hanover standout quarterback and assistant coach Mike Leonard.