Hendrix put itself in a hole within seconds Saturday afternoon and could never get out of it in a 52-42 loss to Centre at Danville, Ky., in its Southern Athletic Association opener
The Colonels’ Cody Estep ran the opening kickoff back 95 yards for a touchdown. Quickly Centre quarterback Devin Hayes passed 5 yards to Jordan Gunter and Trevor Carnell scampered 75 yards for another as the Colonels built a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Hayes passed 17 yards to Estep and the Colonels got a total of four more points on a safety and a return of a blocked kick on an extra point.
The Warriors (2-1) had only a 1-yard run by Kody Smith and a 28-yard pass from Miles Thompson to Blake Hinton in trailing 32-13.
Beginning with the second half, Thompson who completed 19 of 37 passes for 311 yards and five touchdowns, got hot leading the Warriors to a touchdown on the opening kick. He later threw two touchdown passes of 51 yards each to Josh Williams and Hinton. Smith and Ben Luedke each ran for conversions and the Warriors drew within 42-36 on 22-yard pass from Thompson to Luedke.
Centre (3-0) drove to a field goal, then Tommy Kuczuche return an interception 15 yards for a touchdown that made Thompson’s TD pass to Williams in the final minute irrelevant.
Nate Hodapp had 126 yards on nine catches for the Warriors. Mason Millsap rushed for 110 yards on 25 carries.
Carnell rushed for 161 yards for Centre and Hayes passed for 238 yards.
The Colonels amassed 575 total yards to Hendrix’s 450.
The Warriors return home Saturday for a conference game against Austin College.