FORT WAYNECollege preview: Manchester vs. Earlham – When: 1:30 p.m. today
Where: Carl W. Burt Memorial Stadium (3,500/grass), North Manchester
Radio: 89.5 FM
Records: Manchester 2-4, 2-2 HCAC; Earlham 0-5, 0-3
Series: Manchester leads 35-31
Scouting report: Since losing its first four games of the season, Manchester has won its last two, including a 34-28 victory over Defiance last Saturday. Junior quarterback Nick Williams threw for 182 yards and a touchdown and ran 72 yards and for two scores as Manchester overcame four turnovers (two interceptions, two fumbles). Receiver Kurt Monix had a big game with six receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. The Spartans own an edge in time of possession, holding the ball an average of 32:15 minutes while the opponents have had the ball an average of 27:45. Earlham, which had a bye last week, has struggled this season. It averages just 29.4 rushing yards per game, and it has been plagued by turnovers – 17 interceptions and nine lost fumbles. Earlham lost its last outing, 34-10, to Defiance.