After 53 years and two games, Hendrix gets to take on a football program in the same boat.
Southwestern University of Georgetown, Texas, which has revived its program after 63 years, will be the Warriors’ second opponent on their home field at noon Saturday.
The Warriors (1-1), are coming off an open week and will return to their home field for the first time in three weeks. The Pirates, a former foe of the Warriors in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Association, are 0-3 with losses to Texas Lutheran (44-14), Bacone (32-14) and East Texas Baptist (56-10). “They (the Pirates) played well at times in all three games,” said Hendrix coach Buck Buchanan. “They are a start-up program at a like-minded institution. Coming in here after three losses, they are probably looking at it as one they can win.
“They run to the ball well on defense and they have some good skill folks on offense.”
One possible disadvantage of the Warriors having an open week early in the season is a loss of momentum.
“When you are playing well, you sometimes don’t like to have a break,” Buchanan said. “But we also had a chance to refresh and get healed up.
“But we have emphasized what we have all season — just get better every day. We spent the open week trying to get better at what we do. We’ve worked on things that we haven’t played against. We’ve had a chance to work on a lot of things in practice we haven’t had the opportunity to play or run.”
“Our players were kind of excited to get a chance to sleep-in some mornings,” Buchanan said.