NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – After tying the NCAA record with 8 rushing touchdowns in Manchester's 70-54 win over rival Anderson on Saturday, senior running back Donavan Henderson, Jr. (Hollywood, Fla./Hollywood Hills) was named to the D3football.com National Team of the Week on Tuesday morning.
Henderson helped the Spartans retain the coveted Bronze Ball Trophy for ninth straight year. Manchester scored the second-most points in a game in program history against the rival Ravens. The 124 combined points ranked as the second-highest scoring game in program history.
The three-time Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, Henderson became one of just five NCAA players ever to rush for 8 TDs in a single game. Donavan is just one of two NCAA Division III players to accomplish that feat. 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. Henderson averaged 13.1 yards per carry on Saturday afternoon.
Henderson ranked second in the nation with 1,709 rushing yards and third with 20 rushing TDs this season. He broke his own Manchester records of 1,268 yards and 17 TDs set last year. Donavan also ended his Spartan career as the school's all-time leading rusher with 3,969 career yards and 53 TDs.