Quick Start Leads Manchester to 48-13 win Over Football

Quick Start Leads Manchester to 48-13 win Over Football


RICHMOND, Indiana - Manchester University racked up 446 yards in the first half and scored on its first five drives in a 48-13 victory over the Earlham College football team in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action from Darrell Beane Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The first four Spartan drive all ended in rushing touchdowns. Dakota Nelson opened the scoring with a 52-yard touchdown scamper from Dakota Nelson 48 seconds into the game. After holding Earlham to a 3-and-out, Cornelius Hawki found pay dirt after a 28-yard run to put the visitors up 14-0. The touchdown run from Austin Roberts that followed ended the first quarter and put Manchester ahead by three scores.

Manchester scored the only three touchdowns of the second quarter to take a 41-0 lead into halftime.

Earlham's two touchdowns came in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard pass from Wesley Hundley to Elijah Bilal and a 16-yard Hundley run.

Manchester outgained Earlham 578-258 including a 359-144 margin on the ground. The Spartans were 4-9 on third down while the Quakers converted 8-20 third down attempts.

Hundley finished with 105 yards rushing and 114 yards passing to account for 85 percent of the Quakers' offense. The Gardnerville, Nevada, native now has 819 yards rushing on the season and needs just 82 yards over the next two games to break Manny Myers' record of 900 yards in 2005.

Bilal caught a dozen passes for 44 yards and a score to lead the Quakers' receiving core. Freshman Jamel Barnes caught four passes for 35 yards.

Donovan Henderson Jr. and Cornelius Hawkins both rushed for over 100 yards for Manchester. Alex Downard completed 10-14 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns through the air, both caught by Austin Roberts.

Defensively, Gavin Farrar made 10 tackles individually while Kobe Walker and Rance Albert both made nine wrap-ups.

Earlham travels to Bluffton University for the final road game of the 2017 season next Saturday.

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