RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College football team hosts Manchester University for a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) game scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Darrell Beane Stadium on Saturday.
The Teams: Earlham and Manchester. The Quakers are 0-7 on the season and 0-5 in conference play after a 49-14 loss at the hands of Hanover College on Saturday. The Spartans are 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the HCAC after a 28-21 win over Bluffton University last weekend.
The Coaches: Nick Johnson enters his third year as Earlham's head football coach. The HCAC Coach of the Year in 2015, Johnson played football for the Quakers from 1997-01 and later served the program as defensive coordinator from 2007-12. He also held the position of head track and field coach for 12 seasons. Nate Jensen, a former Spartan assistant coach, enters his second season leading the Black and Gold.
The Offense: Senior Wesley Hundley has accounted for 1,785 of 2,136 yards (84 percent) of the Quakers' offense through seven games this season while leading the team in passing and rushing. Senior wide receiver Marcaus Cooper as hauled in 47 receptions for 442 yards and seven touchdowns. Donovan Henderson, Jr. has led the Spartans' ground game to the tune of over 78 yards per game. Alex Downard averages nearly 150 yards per game through the air.
The Defense: Sophomore Kobe Walker leads the Quaker's defense with 60 wrap-ups. Junior Joe Enwright has forced two fumbles while freshman Alfago Shumake has a team-high 4.5 tackles for loss. Sophomores Dan O'Donnell and Cole Burrell combined for 10 pass breakups in the Quakers' secondary. Jack Kay bolsters the Manchester defense as he's make 59 tackles including 30 solo wrap-ups.
Chasing Records: Wes Hundley is on pace to break Manny Myers' (2005) record of 900 rushing yards in a season. The Gardnerville, Nevada, native needs to average 62 yards rushing of the final five games of the season to break the record.
Recent History: Earlham is 0-7 against Manchester since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010 season. The closest game during that span was a 17-13 win for the Spartans on Sept. 17, 2011.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the game will be available – visit the links above.
Social Media: Earlham athletics is represented on Facebook (Earlham Quakers Athletics), Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@Earlham Quakers). The Quakers also have a mobile application (Earlham Athletics Front Row) available for download on the App Store and Google Play.
Up Next: Earlham travels to Bluffton University for the final road game of the 2017 season next Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m.