FORT WAYNE – Quarterback Nick Williams accounted for 241 of Manchester Colleges 361 total yards to lead the Spartans to a 17-14 come-from-behind victory Saturday over Mount Saint Joseph on homecoming at Manchester.
Williams ran 24 times for 129 yards and a touchdown and completed 10 of 18 passes for 112 yards and a score for Manchester (4-4). His 35-yard strike to Kurt Monix with 13 seconds to play in the third quarter accounted for the winning points. Monix caught four passes for 177 yards.
The Williams-to-Monix connection capped a 10-play, 71-yard drive that consumed 4:46 and rescued the Spartans in a game they seemed on their way to giving away.
Manchester jumped out to a 10-0 lead after one quarter, thanks to Kyle Evans 40-yard field goal and Williams 1-yard run. The Evans field goal at 7:59 of the first finished off a 13-play, 47-yard drive that ate up 6:53.
Not quite six minutes later, the Spartans scored again, this time going 74 yards in 5 plays.
But Mount Saint Joseph did not go quietly. A pair of James Clay touchdowns – the second with 5:06 to play in the third quarter – erased the Spartans lead and set up Williams strike to Monix.
DAYTON 45, VALPARAISO 0: At Dayton, Dan Jacob rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns and Connor Kacsor added 124 yards and two scores as the Flyers cruised over the winless Crusaders.
Rob Washington also had two touchdowns on 75 yards rushing for Dayton (4-4, 3-2 Pioneer Football League), which won its third straight game.
After the Flyers stormed to a 31-0 lead with 7:40 to go in the first half, Jacob and Kacsor broke away for long TD runs in the second – Jacob for 83 yards and Kacsor for 77. The pair combined for only 19 carries in the game.
Dayton rolled up 473 yards on the ground, compared to just 76 for the Crusaders (0-7, 0-4). Dayton finished with 631 total yards, the most since it became a non-scholarship program in 1977, with Valparaiso amassing only 164.
HANOVER 47, DEFIANCE 14: The Panthers outscored the Yellow Jackets 20-0 in the second half to turn a comfortable lead into a rout.
Dexter Britt threw for 210 yards and a career-high five touchdowns for Hanover (5-2, 5-0 HCAC), which snapped its three-game home losing strteak to Defiance. It was the Panthers first home win over Defiance since 2004.
Hanover notched a pair of early strikes within 24 seconds of each other to race to a 14-0 lead in the opening quarter.
Hanover downed a punt on the Defiance one-yard line. Hanover then forced a quick three-and-out and ran the ensuing Yellow Jackets punt back 28 yards to the Defiance 14.
The Panthers found the end zone two plays later for a 7-0 lead, before hauling in an interception on the first play of the next Defiance drive. Hanover again needed only two plays to double the spread to 14-0 with 4:03 remaining in the first period.
Joey Chester led the ground game for Defiance (2-6, 2-4 HCAC), rushing for a career-high 94 yards, while Andre Doran ran for a career-best 55 yards.