NORTH MANCHESTER – Offense was on full display at Burt Field on Saturday afternoon as the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers and Manchester University Spartans traded blows to begin Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

RHIT totaled 550 yards of offense to MU's 426 and came away with a hard-fought 52-35 victory.

Rose-Hulman broke loose for several big plays in the opening half and jumped out to a 35-7 lead through two quarters of action.  Andrew Dion threw TD passes of 37 and 90-yards to begin the game.

MU's lone score came in the second quarter.  Facing a 3rd and 15, Donavan Henderson, Jr. busted out a 32-yard touchdown run to get the Spartans on the scoreboard.

Manchester found its footing in the second half, outscoring Rose-Hulman 28-17.

Austin Roberts threw four touchdown passes in the second half.  Roberts connected with Braxton Dewey for a 9-yard score on the Spartans' first possession of the third quarter.  Dewey's reception was the first of his career.

 Roberts teamed up with Harrington Greer for three touchdowns.  Roberts' final TD connection with Greer came at the 6:16 mark of the fourth quarter that drew the Spartans within 10 at 45-35.

On the day, Roberts threw for 128 yards.  Greer finished with six receptions for 102 yards.  The bulk of the Manchester offense came from Donavan Henderson, Jr.  Henderson carried the ball 36 times for a career-best 290 yards. Donavan finished just 6-yards shy of the school record of 296 yards set by Donnie Lewis against Rose-Hulman in 1993.  Henderson's longest rush of the day went for 46-yards.  He averaged 8.1 yards per carry against the Fightin' Engineers.  Henderson also caught one pass for eight yards.

For Rose, quarterback Andrew Dion threw for 349 yards and two scores.  Running back Garrett Wight rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns.  He also caught four passes for 104 yards and a score.

The Spartans (1-3, 0-1 HCAC) will be off next week before hosting Mount St. Joseph for homecoming at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Burt Field.

Visiting Scots Edge Spartans

NORTH MANCHESTER – The Manchester women's soccer team fell in non-conference action against Alma College at Good Field on Saturday. Alma grabbed an early lead and never looked back en route to a 4-0 victory.  

The Scots scored in the 10th minute following a header by Makenzie Rajewski.  AC added goals in the 20th, 53rd, and 73rd minutes.

Katie Green and Violet Dusek both registered one shot on goal.

Manchester will have a week off to prepare for its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent, Hanover College at 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Field.

No. 7 Calvin Too Strong for Spartans

NORTH MANCHESTER – Manchester hung around with No. 7 Calvin University, the 2018 NCAA Division III National-Runner Up, for the early stages of Saturday's game, however a flurry of goals midway through the first half distanced the visiting Knights from the host Spartans on Saturday afternoon at Good Field.

Leading 1-0, the Knights scored four goals in seven minutes to pull away from the Spartans.

MU did find the back of the net against a tough Calvin defense.  Alex Baker scored his first goal of the season in the 84th minute.

Manchester will have a week off to prepare for its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent, Hanover College.  The Spartans will host the Panthers at 3:30 p.m.  Saturday at Good Field following the conclusion of the women's contest.