The Journal Gazette
Saturday, October 19, 2019 8:30 pm

History made as Manchester beats Franklin


FRANKLIN – History was made twice on Saturday as Manchester defeated Franklin 30-21 for it first win over Franklin since 1997 and senior running back Donavan Henderson, Jr. broke the school's all-time rushing record.

Henderson ran for 188 yards to bring his career total to 3,196. Henderson surpassed Dan Taylor's record of 3,122 rushing yards that was set over four decades ago.

The Spartans opened the scoring as Austin Roberts capped a 10-play, 64-yard drive by connecting with Darren Lathrop for a 27-yard strike in the first quarter.

Manchester added a 24-yard field goal from Andrew Kibler in the second quarter to increase its lead to 10-0. The Grizzlies narrowed the gap to 10-7 at halftime.

The Spartans' defense came up with a pair of critical goal line stands in the first half. Facing a 3rd and Goal on Franklin's first possession of the game, Willis Sands intercepted a Braden Smith pass on the 1-yard line and returned it 35 yards to promptly halt the Grizzlies' opening drive. Manchester denied Franklin yet again on the Grizzlies' second possession of the game.Smith had yet another pass intercepted, this time by Jaquan Walker in the end zone. Walker returned the pick 44 yards.

The host Grizzlies scored early in the third quarter to grab a 14-10 lead. Manchester drove 66-yards in 12 plays to retake the lead from Franklin. Henderson capped the lengthy drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to put Manchester ahead 16-14.

With just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Roberts threw his second touchdown pass of the game, this time a 7-yard completion to tight end Charlie Peterson to put Manchester ahead 23-14.

Franklin answered right back with a 54-yard TD strike to claw back with two at 23-21.

The Spartans then promptly shut the door as Henderson broke loose for a 65-yard touchdown run that sealed Manchester's win.


 Roberts finished 13-of-23 passing for 139 yards. Freshman Chico Ward caught two passes for 45 yards. Charlie Peterson and Darren Lathrop finished with 39 and 33 receiving yards respectively.

Manchester's defense racked up four sacks to go along with its two interceptions. Devontay Moore had 1.5 sacks for 15 yards. Logan Poll tallied a sack and Deion Gilmore was credited for half a sack (0.5) against Franklin.

Manchester(2-4, 1-2 HCAC) will be on the road at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26, at Hanover College. 

Franklin fell to 3-4, 2-2 HCAC this season.

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