The Hendrix College Warriors try to equal the best win total in modern history with a win over the Millsaps Majors on Saturday at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium.
The Warriors currently hold a 7-2 overall record and a 5-2 record in the Southern Athletic Association. Hendrix’s best record previously was an 8-3 record in 2015 that also came with a SAA championship and a playoff berth.
The Warriors sit behind Berry College and Centre College, both teams that gave Hendrix a loss, in the standings.
However, the Millsaps Majors (3-6, 2-5 SAA) stand in their way.
“They’re a lot better than their record shows,” Warriors coach Buck Buchanan said. “They’re similar to Rhodes in that aspect. They took Birmingham-Southern to overtime last week with a chance to win, and they probably played the best anyone in conference has played against Berry.”
Millsaps lost to Berry, who is the lone undefeated team in the SAA, 37-22 on Oct. 21.
“They’re a good defensive team,” Buchanan said. “We do not know who they will use at quarterback right now because they have about three they can use, but we will try to do what we do best.”
Buchanan said in last year’s matchup, the Majors played an “in your face” style against Hendrix, which the Warriors practiced against this week.
“They have good running backs, and they’ll put the game on their shoulders and see if our defense can tackle them,” he said. “They’ll try to keep the ball out of our offense’s hands and try to limit what we can do. We’ll have to come out and play our game.”
Millsaps’ pair of running backs Isaiah Talton and Andrew Warren have carried the bulk of the offense, rushing for 588 yards and 465 yards, respectively.
Hendrix is coming off a game where it set a program record in points scored with 70 against rival Rhodes College.
Warriors quarterback Miles Thompson continues to be one of the more dynamic offensive presences on the field, being a part of eight of Hendrix’s touchdowns last week, seven throwing and one rushing.
On the defensive side of the ball, Buchanan said the Warriors capitalized on turnovers, scoring off all but one turnover.
Saturday will also be the last day several Hendrix seniors will walk onto the field, but Buchanan said the team is treating it like any other game.
“It will be no different than any other week,” he said. “We want to be successful and our seniors want to go out on a win.”
The game between the Millsaps Majors and Hendrix College Warriors starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium.