NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – If you're a fan of offense, Carl Burt Memorial Stadium was the place to be on Saturday afternoon. Manchester University defeated Anderson University by a final score of 70-54 as the two historic Indiana Division III institutions renewed their heated rivalry. The Spartans retained the coveted Bronze Ball Trophy for a ninth consecutive year. The Spartans scored the second-most points in a game in program history. The all-time MU mark was 71 points set in 1927 against Concordia.
The Spartans and Ravens combined for 1,301 yards of total offense. Yes, you are reading that figure correctly. The 124 total points was the second-most in a Manchester football game in program history.
For Manchester, the record-setting career of senior running back Donavan Henderson, Jr. (Hollywood, Fla./Hollywood Hills) could not have ended on a higher note. Henderson broke the Manchester single-game record for rushing yards – by nearly 100 yards – as he racked up 394 yards on the ground. The previous record of 296 yards was set by Donnie Lewis in 1993 against Rose-Hulman.
Even more impressively, Henderson rushed for 8 touchdowns tying the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns in a single game – again, you are reading that correctly. Hendeson is just one of five NCAA players EVER to accomplish the feat and is just the second Division III player to reach that threshold. Henderson broke his own record for rushing touchdowns in a single game, which he set earlier this season in a 52-24 win at Defiance. Donavan also tallied a career-long, 69-yard touchdown sprint in the fourth quarter in which he broke numerous tackles en route to the end zone. Henderson averaged 13.1 yards a carry on Saturday afternoon.
Henderson, Jr. finished his four-year career as MU's all-time leading rusher with 3,969 yards. He is MU's all-time leader in touchdowns by non-QB with 53. He owns the top two rushing seasons in school history. Last season, Henderson ran for 1,268 and 17 TDs. This season, Henderson posted totals of 1,709 rushing yards and 20 TDs.
Senior quarterback Austin Roberts (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) ran for the other two Manchester touchdowns. He finished with 92 yards on the ground while completing 6-of-10 passes for 120 yards. Freshman receiver Brian Antoine (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Treasure Coast) caught four passes for 58 yards.
Senior linebacker Justin Thomas (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) finished with 13 total tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-loss for seven yards against the Ravens. Devontay Moore (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) added another sack, bringing his HCAC-leading total to 11 this season.
Anderson's offense totaled 657 yards to Manchester's 644. The Spartan's 644 yards of total offense was also a new program record. AU's quarterback Tyson Harley completed 47-of-65 passes for 573 yards and five touchdowns.
Manchester won back-to-back games to conclude the 2019 season. MU finished with a record of 4-6, 3-4 HCAC. Anderson ended the 2019 season with a record of 3-7, 1-6 HCAC.
The Spartans played their final home game at historic Carl Burt Memorial Stadium. Manchester has been playing on the ground located at the stadium since 1934. The stadium was named after Carl Burt, the "Father of Manchester Football" in 1988. Next season, Manchester will transition to playing in its new athletic stadium that will feature an artificial turf field with modern amenities.