Manchester Spartans

Overall record: 2-8 - Conference: 0-7
All times Eastern   (* Conference; • In-region)
9/11 at Waynesburg W, 39-37
9/18 vs. Olivet W, 37-21
9/25 at Albion L, 49-23
10/2 at Franklin * • L, 22-6
10/9 vs. Hanover * • L, 45-14
10/16 vs. Wabash * • L, 23-3
10/23 at Bluffton * • L, 26-10
10/30 at Wilmington * • L, 39-0
11/6 vs. Mount St. Joseph * • L, 28-21
11/13 vs. Anderson * • L, 27-25
Overall record: 2-8 - Conference: 0-7
All times Eastern   (* Conference; • In-region)
10/2 at Franklin * • L, 22-6
10/9 vs. Hanover * • L, 45-14
10/16 vs. Wabash * • L, 23-3
10/23 at Bluffton * • L, 26-10
10/30 at Wilmington * • L, 39-0
11/6 vs. Mount St. Joseph * • L, 28-21
11/13 vs. Anderson * • L, 27-25


Schools Conf All
Hanover 7-0 10-1
Wilmington 6-1 9-1
Bluffton 4-3 7-3
Franklin 2-5 4-6
Mount St. Joseph 2-5 3-7
Anderson 2-5 2-8
Manchester 0-7 2-8

What We're Reading

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  • Perhaps the most interesting number in the Top 25 isn't the Grizzlies' ranking. It's their record: 0-2.

Past Records

2014 (4-6, 3-5 HCAC)
2013 (3-7, 3-5 HCAC)
2012 (6-4, 6-2 HCAC)
2011 (4-6, 3-5 HCAC)
2010 (2-8, 1-7 HCAC)
2009 (5-5, 5-2 HCAC)
2008 (5-5, 3-4 HCAC)
2007 (3-7, 1-6 HCAC)
2006 (1-9, 0-7 HCAC)
2005 (2-8, 1-5 HCAC)
2004 (0-10, 0-6 HCAC)
2003 (2-8, 1-5 HCAC)
2002 (3-7, 2-4 HCAC)
2001 (2-8, 1-5 HCAC)
2000 (2-8, 1-5 HCAC)
1999 (2-8, 0-7 HCAC)

Team Quick Facts



Coach: W. Shannon Griffith (Ball State)
Conference: HCAC
Enrollment: 1276
Location: N. Manchester, IN
Colors: Black, Old Gold
Stadium: Carl W. Burt (4500)
Surface: Grass

News Releases

February 9, 2015
Two individual statistical titles highlight Manchester University's standing on final national listing
With the release of the final 2014 NCAA Division III football statistics, Manchester University...
December 28, 2014
Mitchell aids Team Stars and Stripes offensive attack at Tazon de Estrellas
Manchester University senior Josh Mitchell (Hoagland, Ind./Fort Wayne Heritage High School alum)...
December 17, 2014
MU's Mitchell on Stars and Stripes roster for Tazon de Estrellas
Manchester University senior offensive lineman Josh Mitchell (Hoagland, Ind.) has been selected to...
December 15, 2014
Dakota Nelson tabbed first team All-American
Manchester University sophomore football student-athlete Dakota Nelson (Fairland, Ind.)added another...
December 9, 2014
Manchester University releases 2014 team awards
Coach Shannon Griffith and his staff released Manchester University team awards for the 2014 season...
November 20, 2014
Manchester puts seven on top two all-HCAC teams
Manchester University put seven student-athletes on the top two squads of the 2014 all-Heartland...
November 17, 2014
Two Spartans earn conference Player of Week awards
Senior defensive end Jon Scribner (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and sophomore punt/kick returner Dakota Nelson...
November 17, 2014
Manchester staff names Anderson game Players of Week
Manchester University head coach Shannon Griffith and his staff announced the following as team...
November 15, 2014
Spartans send Class of 2015 out in style
ANDERSON, IND. – As has been the case throughout the 2014 campaign, Manchester University&rsqu...
November 13, 2014
Manchester closes 2014 slate, faces off with Anderson for Bronze Ball trophy
The annual Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash with Anderson University is next for...
November 10, 2014
Manchester University honors Hanover game Players of Week
Manchester University head football coach Shannon Griffith and his staff named the following as...
November 8, 2014
High-scoring battle closes MU’s home season
NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference battle between Manchester...
November 6, 2014
Manchester takes on Hanover in home season finale
Manchester University resumes Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action Saturday, Nov. 8.
November 3, 2014
Manchester University lauds Rose-Hulman game Players of Week
Manchester University head coach Shannon Griffith and his staff tabbed the following as team Players...
November 3, 2014
MU's Smith named HCAC Special Teams Player of Week
Freshman football placekicker Dakota Smith (Kokomo, Ind.) represented Manchester University on the...
November 1, 2014
Wild HCAC clash eludes Manchester University
TERRE HAUTE, IND. – A pair of school records compiled by junior quarterback Logan Haston...
October 31, 2014
Manchester, Rose-Hulman set for HCAC clash
A meeting at Rose-Hulman Saturday, Nov. 1, is on the docket for Manchester University.
October 28, 2014
Manchester University tabs Bluffton game Players of Week
Manchester University head coach Shannon Griffith and his staff tabbed the following individuals as...
October 24, 2014
Manchester begins back-to-back road trips with Bluffton clash
A 1:30 p.m. kickoff at Bluffton University of Ohio’s Emory Sears Athletic Complex is next for...
October 17, 2014
Manchester tabs Defiance week player awards
Head coach Shannon Griffith and his staff recently released Player of the Week honorees for the...
October 13, 2014
Manchester's Coe, Haston earn league weekly awards
Junior quarterback Logan Haston (Avon, Ind.) and freshman placekicker/punter Andrew Coe (Roanoke,...
October 11, 2014
Happy Homecoming: Big second half sends Spartans to win
NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A stout defensive effort, coupled with a 20-point outburst from the...
October 10, 2014
Defiance, Manchester set for HCAC meeting
Defiance College of Ohio makes its way to North Manchester Saturday, Oct. 11, for Heartland...
October 6, 2014
Manchester tabs Franklin game Players of the Week
Manchester University head coach Shannon Griffith and his staff announced awards for the Franklin...
October 4, 2014
Spartans push conference favorites to final minutes
In a game which featured a combined 50 first downs and better than 900 yards of total offense,...
October 2, 2014
Spartans go up HCAC preseason favorites Saturday
Manchester University’s six-game home schedule resumes Saturday, Oct. 4, with Franklin...
September 27, 2014
Second half rally subdues MU road effort
CINCINNATI, OHIO – Manchester University’s offense kept its roll going Saturday, Sept....
September 26, 2014
MSJ trip next for Manchester
A key early-season Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest spotlights Manchester University...
September 23, 2014
Manchester University tabs Players of Week for Earlham game
Manchester University head coach Shannon Griffith and his staff tabbed senior offensive lineman Mark...
September 20, 2014
Black and Gold offense continues to roll in HCAC opener
NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – An impressive run by the Manchester University offensive unit...
September 19, 2014
Manchester, Earlham open HCAC slate at Burt Field
The 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference campaign kicks off Saturday, Sept. 20, at four...
September 13, 2014
Wild offensive tilt on display at Burt Field
NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A second successive week of strong results through the air from...
September 9, 2014
Manchester University releases Trine week honors
Manchester University head coach Shannon Griffith and his staff has announced honorees for the Trine...
September 7, 2014
Second half comeback propels MU to home, season opening win
NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Grit. Determination. A “Never Say Die” attitude.
September 6, 2014
Friday night: Widener knocks off Rowan
The Pride got the season off on the right foot, while McDaniel rallied late and Trine and Manchester...
September 5, 2014
Manchester begins 89th season tonight wiht Trine clash
The 89th season of Manchester University football kicks off at Carl W. Burt Memorial Field Friday,...
August 6, 2014
Manchester University tabbed seventh on HCAC poll
Manchester University was picked seventh on the 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference...
July 18, 2014
Manchester University alum keeps gridiron in career plans
When he stepped off the Carl W. Burt Memorial Field for the final time in his collegiate playing...
July 16, 2014
Spartan safety’s favorite game, internship show similarities
Designs are something that Manchester University junior Taylor Anglemeyer has plenty of knowledge...
July 14, 2014
Griffith, youthful squad looking forward to gridiron slate
Shannon Griffith seeks to chart a journey to success in 2014.
July 14, 2014
Hecklinski, Rice join MU coaching staff
Manchester University Director of Athletics Rick Espeset has announced the hiring of assistant...
May 5, 2014
Manchester University places three on NFF Hampshire Society
The senior trio of defensive lineman Scott Barry (Plymouth, Ind.), defensive back Jacob Meyer...
January 31, 2014
Manchester University duo shines at Dream Bowl
Manchester University seniors Nick Williams (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Dylin Kennedy (North Manchester,...
December 13, 2013
Three Manchester University players set for D3 Senior Classic
Senior linebacker Zach Dashner (South Bend, Ind.) and senior offensive linemen Adam Cantwell...
December 12, 2013
Dashner, Nelson represent Manchester University on North Region teams
Senior linebacker Zach Dashner (South Bend, Ind.) and freshman return specialist Dakota Nelson...
December 2, 2013
Senior linebackers top Manchester University team honors
Senior linebackers Dylin Kennedy (North Manchester, Ind.) and Zach Dashner (South Bend, Ind.) shared...
November 21, 2013
Manchester University puts eight on all-HCAC top two teams
Freshman return specialist/wide receiver Dakota Nelson (Fairland, Ind.) highlighted the Manchester...
November 16, 2013
Manchester University claims Bronze Ball clash
NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A juggernaut rushing attack, coupled with some big takeaways from its...
November 14, 2013
Anderson, Manchester resume Bronze Ball series Saturday
Anderson University pays a visit to Carl W. Burt Memorial Field Saturday, Nov. 16, for the Heartland...
November 9, 2013
Manchester University, Hanover stage HCAC thriller
HANOVER, IND. – Freshman wide receiver Dakota Nelson (Fairfield, Ind.) added his name to an...
November 7, 2013
Manchester University resumes league slate, travels to Hanover
Manchester University takes its final road trip of the 2013 season Saturday, Nov. 9. The Spartans...
October 26, 2013
Mt. St. Joseph claims HCAC shootout at Manchester
NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Manchester University opened quickly Saturday, Oct. 26, scoring the...
October 25, 2013
Manchester University, Mt. St. Joseph square off Saturday
Mt. St. Joseph College of Ohio visits Carl W. Burt Memorial Field Saturday, Oct. 26, as the 2013...
October 19, 2013
Manchester University earns second win in last three games, tops Earlham
RICHMOND, IND. – Manchester University turned to a strong balance in its rushing and passing...
October 18, 2013
Manchester University continues brief road swing with Earlham trip
It’s week five of the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference campaign, as Manchester...
October 12, 2013
Turnovers thwart Manchester University in HCAC road test
DEFIANCE, OHIO – Manchester University’s defense held Defiance College to less than 400...
October 11, 2013
Manchester University visits Defiance for HCAC battle
Manchester University goes in search of back-to-back victories as it visits Justin F. Corresel...
October 7, 2013
Manchester University's Lehrman named NFF Scholar-Athlete semifinalist
Manchester University senior tight end Ryne Lehrman (Hoagland, Ind.) was one of 38 NCAA Division III...
October 5, 2013
Manchester University picks up first win at Homecoming 2013
NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A hardnosed rushing attack, coupled with a stingy defense, was an...
October 3, 2013
Bluffton visits Manchester University Saturday
Bluffton University of Ohio is Manchester University’s guest for its 2013 Homecoming game...
September 28, 2013
Rose-Hulman slips past Manchester in wild HCAC battle
NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – In a wild Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash that saw the...
September 26, 2013
Rose-Hulman, MU set for Saturday clash
Manchester University begins its second set of back-to-back home games at Carl W. Burt Memorial...
September 24, 2013
Manchester University, HCAC schools team up for Samaritan's Feet
Manchester University’s home football game against Rose-Hulman Saturday, Sept. 29, is part of...
September 21, 2013
Big first half sends Franklin past Manchester
FRANKLIN, IND. – Manchester University played No. 13-ranked Franklin College to a strong...
September 20, 2013
Manchester University begins HCAC play Saturday
The 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference slate opens for Manchester University Saturday,...
September 14, 2013
Second half rally sends Kalamazoo past Manchester
NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Manchester University managed nearly 400 yards of total offense, but...
September 6, 2013
Manchester toppled by Trine in opener
NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A strong aerial attack for Manchester University Thursday, Sept. 5,...
September 4, 2013
Manchester set for Thursday opener against Trine
Manchester University kicks off its 89th year of football Thursday, Sept. 5, when Trine University...
August 12, 2013
Best D-III road trips of 2013: Week 1, East
There's two nice road trips to take the opening weekend of the season. Here's one for the eastern...
August 12, 2013
High expectations greet Manchester University this fall
Shannon Griffith wants to see what last year’s season-ending six-game win streak and runner-up...
August 7, 2013
Manchester picked third on HCAC poll
NORTH MANCHESTER, IN. – Manchester University was picked for a third-place finish on the 2013...
August 6, 2013
Manchester University's Burt Field pressbox renovation photos
Check out the Manchester University athletics' Facebook page for photos through the progression of...
July 17, 2013
Spartan signal caller reaps competition rewards
A nine-yard run during Nick Williams’ freshman season became prophetic for Manchester...
June 20, 2013
Two join MU coaching staff
Manchester University Director of Athletics Rick Espeset and head football coach Shannon Griffith...
November 29, 2012
Monix selected for Tazon de Estrellas
Manchester University senior wide receiver Kurt Monix (Crown Point, Ind.) was recently named to the...
November 10, 2012
Spartans close season in style
ANDERSON, IND. – A stout defensive effort and a quick start helped Manchester University put...
September 2, 2011
Getting the weekend started
Trine rode its defense to an opening-night win, as did Baldwin-Wallace. Dubuque held on, while...