Sideline: Warriors, Bears and an interim lacrosse coach

Three Warriors in bowl game

 

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Hendrix College senior football players Seth Peters, Dayton Winn and Tyler Clifton will play in the Dream Bowl, a premier college football all-star game that features NCAA FBS,FCS, D-II, and D-III student-athletes, at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex on Monday, Jan. 16.

They will play for the Crusaders, coached by Warrior offensive cooridnator Jordan Neal and assisted by offensive line coach David Batson and wide receivers coach Lance Stone. Neal and Batson have coached each of the first four winners of the Dream Bowl and Stone has been a part of two winning teams.

Peters, a quarterback from Greenbrier, was 225-for-303 passing for a 74 completion percentage, 3,013 yards, 26 touchdowns and a 182.8 efficiency. Peters led the nation in completion percentage and was second in efficiency. Peters was an All-SAA First Team and d3Football.com All-South Region Third Team selection.

Winn, a running back from Pea Ridge, ran the ball 174 times of 1,372 yards and 22 touchdowns. He averaged 7.9 yards per carry and 137.2 yards per game. He also had 33 catches for 298 yards and a touchdown, 85 punt return yards, including a score, and 133 yards on kick returns. Winn scored 144 points on 24 TDs and averaged 188.9 all-purpose yards per game. He ranked second in the nation in yards per carry, third in rushing TDs and scoring, fourth in all-purpose yards per game and 12th in rushing yards and yards per game.

He was the SAA Offensive Player of the Year, All-SAA and d3Football.com All-South Region First Team pick and a semifinalist for the Gagliardi Trophy. Winn was also selected as a First Team All-American by the AFCA and d3Football.com and was an AP Little All-America Third Team pick.

Clifton, a defensive end from Sallisaw, Okla., had 44 tackles, 12 for a loss of 55 yards and 5.5 sacks for 40 yards. He also forced two fumbles. Clifton tied for fourth in the league in sacks and tackles for loss. Clifton was a First Team All-SAA selection.

Former Warrior wide receiver Casey Caton played in the 2015 game.

Bears place 5 on academic team

FRISCO, Texas _ The University of Central Arkansas had a league-high five football players named to the 2016 Southland Conference All-Academic teams.

UCA selections include wide receivers Desmond Smith and Jatavious Wilson, tight end/H-back Cody Dauksch and offensive linemen Stockton Mallett and John Austin Cook.

Smith, a senior from Bentonville, , has now been named to the Southland All-Academic team three times at UCA while Mallett, a junior from Harrison, earned his second honor. Smith, Wilson and Mallett were automatic selections after making the All-SLC first team.

Smith, who set the career receiving yards (2,828 yards) and career receptions (226) records at UCA this past season, has a 3.19 grade-point average in Biology.

Wilson, a senior from Bastrop, La., shattered the UCA career record for all-purpose yards, finishing his career with, 5,659, 866 yards more than the old mark set 23 years ago by UCA Hall of Famer Hosea Knowlton. Wilson has a 3.33 GPA in health education.

Dauksch, who already graduated with a 3.70 in math, caught seven passes for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns as a senior.

Mallett helped the Bears’ offense average more than 420 yards per game and 33.1 points a game. Cook, a redshirt sophomore from Grenada, Miss., helped UCA average 187.2 rushing yards per game, which ranked second in the SLC. He has a 3.87 in biology and was named to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star team last week.

To be an automatic selection, a student-athlete must be a first-team All-Southland Conference honoree, a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American/All-District selection or named to the FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team, which was announced this week leading up to the FCS national championship game.

Hendrix names interim lacrosse coach

Anthony Biondo has been named the men’s lacrosse interim head coach at Hendrix College, Director of Athletics Amy Weaver announced on Monday.

Biondo, who has been the assistant coach for the last three seasons, takes over from Curt Foxx, who left to take a coaching job at Chaminade Prep and 3D Lacrosse in California.

“Coach Biondo has been involved in every aspect of the program and we are very confident he can continue to move the program in the right direction,” Weaver said.

Biondo was responsible for coaching the Warriors’ defense as an assistant.

In Biondo’s first year as an assistant, the Warriors set program records in wins, ground balls and goals against average.

Biondo came to Hendrix after spending the 2013 season as an assistant at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. While with the Tigers, he coached goalkeepers and face-offs under legendary head coach Ray Rostan.

Foxx spent six seasons as the Warriors head coach, winning 34 games, including a program-record seven victories in 2014. He coached 19 all-conference selections and one Scholar All-American during his tenure.

 

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