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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, October 12, 2017 1:00 am

Rose-Hulman at Manchester

Records: Rose-Hulman (5-1, 4-0 in HCAC), Manchester (2-3, 1-2)

When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Carl W. Burt Memorial Stadium, North Manchester

Outlook: In its last time out, Manchester's Kody Graham kicked a 22-yard field goal with 24 seconds left to lift the Spartans to a 23-21 win over Defiance. ... Alex Downard has completed 75 of 129 pass attempts for 854 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions. He has rushed 45 times for 102 yards and two scores. Dakota Nelson has been the primary target with 28 catches for 275 yards and two scores. Nelson has also completed 1 of 3 passes this season for 37 yards and a score, has five punt returns for 38 yards and 742 yards on 24 kick returns, amassing 1,144 all-purpose yards. Jared Bourff has caught 10 passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns. ... Defensively, Jack Kay leads Manchester with 21 solo tackles and 16 assists with one forced fumble, while WanYa Thomas has 31/2 tackles for a loss of 17 yards with one sack. ... Rose-Hulman is coming off a 35-10 homecoming win over Mount St. Joseph. The only loss this season was a 28-26 loss to Millikin on Sept. 9. ... The Fighting Engineers have averaged 36.2 points per game and 39.5 points against conference competition. ... Andrew Dion has completed 78 of 134 pass attempts for 1,092 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also has 104 yards rushing on 31 carries with two scores. Garrett Wight leads the ground game with 443 yards on 89 carries. Major passing targets are Zack Murphy (26 receptions for 499 yards and four scores) and Raymond Burtnick (27 catches for 322 yards and nine TDs). ... John Kirby leads the Rose-Hulman defense with 33 solo tackles.

– Aubree Reichel, The Journal Gazette

areichel@jg.net