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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, September 28, 2017 1:00 am

Manchester at Franklin

Records: Manchester 1-2, Franklin 2-2

When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Where:Faught Stadium, Franklin

Outlook: Manchester is 0-1 on the road, losing its opener 35-12 to Trine. After beating Alma 33-31, the Spartans lost 31-14 last week to Mt. St. Joseph. ... Alex Downard has completed 41 of 71 passes for 473 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions, Dakota Nelson has 17 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown, and Donovan Henderson Jr. has rushed for 74.3 yards per game with three TDs. ... The Spartans have won the battles of discipline; they have 12 penalties for 86 yards and opponents have 23 for 240 yards. ... The Spartans have also averaged more than 3 minutes more than their opponents in time of possession. ... Franklin is 1-1 at home and coming off victories over Defiance and Bluffton. ... It's outscoring opponents 40.5 to 30 points per game, with much action coming in passing attacks where Franklin averages 373.8 yards and allows 294 per game. ... The Grizzlies have players from northeast Indiana: kicker Stephen Colligan (Bishop Dwenger), wide receiver Jake Torrie (East Noble), tight end Alex Smith (Whitko) and defensive back Fazaun Stephens (Leo).

– Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette

jcohn@jg.net