BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Hendrix College’s Warriors, comeback kids in their rookie season of football, fell just short of pulling one off for the second week in a row Saturday.
The Warriors fought back from deficits of 21-3 and 35-21 to fall, 35-32, to Birmingham-Southern, the defending Southern Athletic Association champion in the teams’ conference opener. It ended 53 years of the Warriors being unbeaten in football. Hendrix (1-1) is playing football for the first time since 1960.
The Warriors (1-1) stunned the Panthers (2-0) by scoring 21 straight points and taking a 24-21 lead with 13:11 left in the game. That came after a 2-yard pass from Seth Peters to Travis McMahon that capped a 67-yard, eight-play drive.
The Panthers regained the lead 2:07 later on an 11-yard pass form Tyson Beachum to Tyler Johnson. They took a 35-24 lead with 8:05 left on a 12-yard run by Isaac Nichols that capped a 65-yard drive in five plays.
The Warriors, who rallied past Westminster in the last seconds last week, came back again to drive 88 yards in seven plays, capped by Peters’ 12-yard touchdown pass to McMahon. Peters then passed to Caleb Blake for the two-point conversion with 1:13 left to draw within 35-31.
The Panthers recovered an onside kick to run out the clock.
Trailing 14-0 in the first quarter, the Warriors scored on a 43-yard field goal by Steve Crenshaw. The Panthers led, 21-3, with 8:54 left in the second on a 7-yard run by Joe Moultrie.
The Warriors drew within 21-10 with 3:33 left in the half on a 75-yard, 13-play drive, capped by a 14-yard pass from Peters to Casey Caton.
Hendrix drove 75 yards in 10 plays early in the third quarter to score on a 10-yard pass from Peters to Caton. The Warriors took the 24-21 lead on a 67-yard, eight-play drive with McMahon taking a 2-yard pass from Peters for the touchdown.
Hendrix had no turnovers and 379 yards of offense. BSC had 403.
Peters completed 32 of 46 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns. Caton had 13 receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Dayton Win rushed for 51 yards and had 69 more receiving.
Hendrix returns home Saturday, Sept. 28, to host Southwestern of Texas, another start-up football program.