Warriors, Panthers features a matchup of longtime friends

Two young teams will meet in a Southern Athletic Association contest at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

 

The Panthers (1-3, 0-2 SAA) comes into the game with 10 seniors.

With the young team comes new coach and longtime friend of Warrior coavh Buck Buchanan.

In Nov. 2016, the Panthers hired Tony Joe White away from Centre to be their head coach.

“He’s bringing a winning formula from Centre to Birmingham-Southern,” Buchanan said. “They brought in about 80 freshman and are preaching ‘turnaround.’ They need to beat teams like us and have played well against good teams.”

The Panthers have lost by fewer than a touchdown to LaGrange, Huntingdon and Trinity, but fell by 26 to Rhodes.

“Trinity was up 26-0 in the fourth quarter, but Birmingham came back and scored 20 unanswered by the end of the game to make it dramatic,” Buchanan said.

Hendrix (4-1, 2-1) has been familiar with dramatic finishes.

It beat Austin College 36-24 Sept. 23 when it went up 36-10 at the end of the first half.

However, it was outscored 14-0 in the second half with Austin having time to take the game away from the Warriors.

Last week, Hendrix led Sewanee, 42-21 at the start of the fourth quarter against the Tigers, but was outscored 21-6 with time to spare in the fourth.

Hendrix was able to hold off those teams, but Buchanan said the team can clean things up where it doesn’t have to be close.

“We can’t commit foolish penalties,” he said. “I’d rather learn those things when we win, but we have to clean up a lot of things and finish games out. Last week, we played great football for much of the game, but we let them get back in the game. We have to be disciplined because every week; we are coming out with a target on our back.”

Buchanan said he challenged the team to play a complete game against the Panthers.

“If we lose, but play a complete game, I think we can rest a bit easier knowing we tried our hardest because they have a good team,” he said. “We need to keep winning to be in control of our own destiny and the goal this week is to go 1-0.”

 

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