Quakers Face Manchester in First HCAC Contest

Quakers Face Manchester in First HCAC Contest
NO. MANCHESTER, Ind. — Saturday marked the beginning of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference era for the Earlham College football team.

Unfortunately for the Quakers, they were on the wrong side of a 28-7 score against Manchester College. “It was a tough day for us,” Earlham Head Coach Gerry Keesling said. “We are working very hard to become a better football team, but our progress isn’t happening as fast as we would like.”

Manchester (2-1, 1-0) scored on its first two possessions to grab an early 14-0 advantage by the 4:40 mark of the opening stanza.

The Quakers responded to close the gap with a four-play, 81-yard drive that was completed in 1:41. Earlham quarterback Dorian Jenkins and Kyle Ripperger hooked up for a 55-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-7 with 2:59 left in the first period.

The Spartans bounced back with another touchdown on their third straight possession. The score came on the first snap of the second quarter. The scored remained 21-7 at halftime.

With two seconds remaining in the third period, Manchester scored the final touchdown of the contest to go up by 21 points.

Jenkins paced the Earlham offense by completing 13-of-24 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown. Ripperger finished his afternoon with seven receptions for 149 yards and Earlham’s only visit to the end zone.

Lenden Bowsman topped Earlham’s defense with 11 tackles. John Metcalf added nine tackles and a quarterback sack.

Earlham (0-3, 0-1) returns home next Saturday to face Anderson University at Darrell Beane Stadium. The HCAC contest starts at 1:30 p.m.

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