Taking advantage of turnovers were momentum-changers for the Hendrix College Warriors in their 70-42 win over Rhodes College on Saturday night at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium.
The 70 points broke the previous Hendrix (7-2, 5-2 SAA) highest score total of 63 against Sewanee on Nov. 12, 2016.
Both teams traded scores for the first quarter, ending with a 28-20 Warriors score after Hendrix quarterback Miles Thompson connected with Nate Hodapp on a 39-yard touchdown.Thompson was able to evade Lynx (3-6, 3-5 SAA) defenders in the backfield before Hodapp beat a defender deep.
On Rhodes’ opening second-quarter drive, Lynx quarterback PJ Settles was intercepted by Warrior defensive back Michael Kramer at the Hendrix 25-yard line. This was the beginning of Hendrix’s 42-20 halftime lead.
The Warriors took advantage of the interception when Thompson connected with wide receiver Daylen Johnson on an 11-yard touchdown for a 35-20 lead at the end of a 75-yard drive.On Rhodes’ ensuing possession, Settles was intercepted by Hendrix defensive back Cory McGonigal in the Lynx end zone. He returned the interception to the Rhodes’ 20, but was called back because of a personal foul at the Warriors’ 32.
Hendrix would capitalize again with a 48-yard touchdown pass from Thompson to wide receiver Michael Spainhour with 2:08 left in the half for a 42-20 lead. The Warriors increased their lead with a 16-yard strike from Thompson to Hodapp midway through the third quarter.
The two teams traded scores on the Lynx’s ensuing possession when McGonigal picked off Settles for the third time.This time, however, he returned the interception 35 yards for a touchdown, bringing the score to 56-20 with 5:19 left in the third.
On the kickoff, Rhodes’ wide receiver Adam Martinez returned the kick from the end zone for a touchdown, making the score 56-27.The Lynx would add two more scores, while the Warriors also added two.
Thompson was involved in all but one touchdown for Hendrix, passing for seven (70, 18, 39, 11, 48, 16 and 15) and rushing for one (7 yards).Hodapp reeled in four touchdown passes, while Spainhour caught two.
Settles threw for three touchdowns (44, 10 and 16), while running for two (55 and 8).
The Warriors will finish their season with their best record since the program’s revitalization in 2013 at 1 p.m. Saturday at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium against Millsaps.