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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, October 05, 2017 1:00 am

Manchester at Defiance

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Records: Manchester 1-3 (0-2 in HCAC), Defiance 1-4 (1-2)

When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Justin F. Coressel Stadium, Defiance, Ohio

Outlook: The Spartans' lone victory came on the road, 33-31 at Alma on Sept. 9, but they are 1-2 away from home, including last week's 69-19 loss at Franklin. ... Alex Downard has completed 58 of 93 passes for 680 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions, as turnovers have been a problem for the team. Opponents have had more interceptions (6-4) and fumble recoveries (7-3). ... Dakota Nelson has been a bright spot as usual, racking up 24 catches for 250 yards and two touchdowns, completing 1 of 3 passes for a touchdown, rushing for 64 yards, and averaging 28.4 yards with a touchdown on kickoff returns. ... Austin Coughlin has intercepted two passes for the Spartans and De'Lon Barnes has a team-leading 19 solo tackles. ... Defiance is coming off a 34-14 home victory over Earlham and has been outscored, on average, 34.6 to 12.4. ... Corey Bennett has rushed 73 times for 282 yards with one touchdown. DeVonte Cravin has 31 catches for 360 yards and a touchdown. ... On Defiance's roster are running back Tanner Hughes of Whitko, quarterback John Mc-Kinney of Northrop, safety Beau Barkley of Churubusco, safety Jacob Bickel of Concordia, offensive lineman Colin Schwartz of Bluffton and defensive lineman Austin Pearish of Wawasee. Hughes has rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown, McKinney has passed for 160 yards, Barkley has 33 tackles, Bickel has 10 tackles and Pearish has four tackles.

– Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette

jcohn@jg.net