With effective offense and efficient defense, the Hendrix Warriors whipped Southwestern of Texas by 48-29 Saturday at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium
The victory gave the Warriors their second win of the season and their second at home. They have lost once on the road. Southwestern, like Hendrix in its revival year of football, dropped to 0-4 for the year.
Warrior coach Buck Buchanan said, “We had some good moments and some not so good. The first quarter was good (Hendrix jumped to a 14-0 lead). Our defense did well and made some big plays.”
Hendrix made good use of its backfield combo of quarterback Seth Peters and running back Dayton Winn. Peters threw for three touchdowns, ran for another, and Winn scored twice on runs. Casey Caton caught two of Peters’ touchdown throws.
Peters connected with Caton halfway through the first quarter for a 41-yard touchdown pass. Caton made the catch near the scrimmage line, escaped a tackle and sprinted to the goal. Steve Crenshaw kicked the extra point.
Late in the opening period, Peters found Caton deep and connected again, with the play covering 33 yards. Crenshaw again converted.
Southwestern began clicking in the second quarter, largely on the running and throwing of freshman quarterback Dante Smith, 6-2, 200 pounds and an athlete.
Smith took the Pirates on a 55-yard march in eight plays that stalled on the Warrior 2-yard line. Laith Tucker kicked an 18-yard field goal to get Southwestern on the scoreboard with 3:22 left in the first half.
The Pirates struck again when linebacker Kyle Zarosky grabbed a Warrior pass and ran it back to the Hendrix 43. A run gained 3 yards, Smith passed to John Free for 26 yards, then Smith hit Colton Shea for 17 yards and a touchdown. The extra point try was wide.
Southwestern went ahead in the third quarter after a short Hendrix punt. The Pirates went 42 yards on six pass plays, the last a scoring throw by Smith to Colten Shea. Tucker kicked the extra point to make the score 16-14..
Hendrix quickly regained the lead on a drive of 56 yards in five plays. Two Peters completions and a 17-yard run by Winn helped, and Winn scored from three yards out. Crenshaw converted.
The Warriors had a drive of 10 plays and 69 yards from late in the third period to early in the fourth. It ended with Winn’s 7-yard dash through the left side for the score. The extra point try was wide.
Hendrix quickly took over again when Matt Ramirez grabbed a Southwestern fumble at the Pirate 36. Three plays later, Peters kept the ball on a quarterback draw and sprinted 29 yards to the end zone. Crenshaw kicked good.
Southwestern still had punch and drove 75 yards in 10 plays with Smith passing to Taylor Stephens for the last three yards. A try for two points failed.
Hendrix took the next kickoff and rolled 76 yards in 7 plays. Peters passed 11 yards to Taylor Tibbits for the touchdown, and Crenshaw converted.
Warrior defenders Ben Cunningham and Broc Smith sacked Pirate backup quarterback Austin Ranier for a long loss, forcing a punt that Smith blocked at the Southwestern 5. Austin Sevier ran for a touchdown for the Warriors, and Crenshaw converted.
Southwestern got in another score with 1:39 lef. Ranier threw to Shea for 20 yards and a touchdown. Tucker kicked the extra point.
Buchanan said, “It was really good today to see the support from the fans and everyone. That means a lot. We had some spots when we didn’t do so well, but we are mostly freshman,. Southwestern is too. They have 91 players, a lot more than us.”
Winn was the day’s leading ball carrier with 126 yards on 23 runs. Peters collected 123 yards on 11 carries. Peters threw 32 times, had 22 completions and one interception for 244 yards.
Southwestern’s Smith and Ranier combined for 357 yards of passing, 33 completions on 60 attempts. But the Pirates had just 79 yards on the ground.
Buchanan said, “We have won two at home and didn’t do so well at Birmingham-Southern. Now we go to Millsaps (Saturday at Jackson, Miss.) That will be a tough one. Millsaps is probably the strongest team we will play this year.”