Turnovers prove costly as football falls to Manchester

Collin Hauschild

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Three turnovers on fumbles and a pair of returns that all led to touchdowns proved to be too much for Earlham Football and the Quakers dropped a 69-0 decision to Manchester University, Saturday afternoon at Carl W. Burt Field.

The day was not without bright spots for the Quakers. Earlham finished with a season-high 266 yards of total offense, and the Maroon and White's 97 yards on the ground was also a season benchmark.

Connor Bray logged 39 yards on nine carries, while Melvin Davis finished with 36 yards rushing on 16 attempts. First year quarterback Collin Hauschild also posted positive yardage with 23 yards on seven scrambles.

Hauschild turned in his best passing performance thus far in his rookie campaign. He went 15-of-30 with one interception for 125 yards through the air, and paced an Earlham passing attack that finished with 169 yards.

Malcolm Jones hauled in seven receptions for 89 yards to lead the receiving corps, while Jamel Barnes had a pair of catches for 37 yards. Barnes' 28-yard hookup with Joe Enwright in the fourth quarter was the Quakers' longest pass play of the day.

Manchester amassed 451 yards of total offense – 359 yards on the ground and 92 yards through the air. The Spartans began the game by returning the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown, one of two special teams scores for Manchester on the day. MU had an 85 yard punt return for a TD late in the fourth quarter, capping the day's scoring for the Spartans.

Earlham was handicapped by three turnovers on fumbles, all of which led to touchdowns for Manchester.

Defensively, sophomore linebacker Rance Albert led Earlham with 12 total tackles including eight solo stops. Junior linebacker Kobe Walker charted eight tackles while sophomore defensive lineman Harrison Rice finished the game with seven tackles.

Earlham stays on the road for its next contest on Saturday, Oct. 6, when the Quakers travel to Hanover, Ind., to face Hanover College. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m.

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