DEFIANCE, Ohio – Donavan Henderson, Jr. rushed for 139 yards and set a career-high and new school record with 5 rushing touchdowns as Manchester defeated host Defiance 52-21 on Thursday.
Henderson currently holds the school's all-time records for rushing touchdowns and career touchdowns by a non-QB with 40. He is also just 575 yards shy of breaking Manchester's all-time career rushing mark set by Dan Taylor in the early 1970s. Henderson moved into a tie with Brandon Wells for second place on the all-time list Thursday for career rushing yards with 2,547.
The Spartans (1-2) used a 7-play, 65-yard drive on their opening possession capped by a Henderson 29-yard touchdown score. Later in the quarter, Manchester converted a blocked punt into three more points and grabbed a 10-0 lead after one quarter.
The Spartan's broke the game open in the second quarter, outscoring the Yellow Jackets 28-7. Henderson rushed for a pair of touchdowns. Senior quarterback Austin Roberts added an 11-yard touchdown run and Joseph Garling recovered an errant Yellow Jackets (0-3) snap in the end zone for a touchdown.
Jaquan Walker and Michael Cross both intercepted passed in the first half, helping the Spartans to a 38-7 halftime lead.
In the second half, Henderson was able to punch in two more scores as Manchester built its largest lead of the night of 52-13 midway through the third quarter.
Manchester will play host to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at 1:30 p.m Sept. 28 at Burt Field in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game.