DEFIANCE, Ohio – Manchester University intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble to grind past the Defiance College Yellow Jackets 19-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday November 9.
After Manchester's offense getting got stopped on the one-yard line early in the first quarter, the MU defense quickly generated some points. Defiance's jet sweep was stalled in the end zone by Kobe Roberson (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City), resulting in a safety and a 2-0 Manchester advantage.
After a hectic spurt in the second quarter that saw both teams combine for four turnovers in a span of six plays, the Manchester defense was able to generate the first touchdown of the game. Defiance's Kardierre Love had his pass intercepted by Willis Sands (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) and returned 15 yards for a touchdown. MU led 9-0 following the extra point.
Andrew Kibler (Cape Coral, Fla./Mariner) connected on a 38-yard field goal attempt as time expired in the second period to give the Spartans a 12-0 advantage at the intermission.
Senior running back Donavan Henderson, Jr. (Hollywood, Fla./Hollywood Hills) once again provided the bulk of the Manchester offense. Henderson carried the ball 31 times for 216 yards and one touchdown on Saturday afternoon. Henderson now has 1,315 rushing yards this season, breaking his own record set last year for most rushing yards in a single-season in Manchester history.
Brian Antoine (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Treasure Coast) led MU with five receptions for 61 yards.
Defensively, Manchester racked up 10 tackles-for-loss for 45 yards as a team. Devontay Moore (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) continued his outstanding freshman season, tallying three sacks for 19 yards. Moore now has 10 sacks in just his first season for the Black and Gold. Moore finished Saturday's contest with four tackles-for-loss for 25 yards.
Willis Sands, Jaquan Walker (Hawthorne, Fla./Interlachen), and Nick Tillman (Lawrenceburg, Ind./East Central) registered interceptions. Senior linebacker Justin Thomas (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) had five tackles, one tackle-for-loss, and recovered a fumble.
The Yellow Jackets were limited to 181 yards of total offense.
The Spartans (3-6, 2-4 HCAC) will host rival Anderson next weekend on Saturday November 16 at 1:30 p.m. Saturday's annual Bronze Ball contest will also be Senior Day for the Spartans. Manchester will also play its final game in the 85-year history of historic Burt Field.