A five-game home schedule, including four Great American Conference games in Carpenter-Haygood Stadium along with a meeting against Arkansas Tech University in the Murphy USA Boomtown Classic in El Dorado, Ark., highlight the 2013 football schedule for the Henderson State University Reddies.
Boomtown Classic chairman Matthew Shepherd made the announcement at a press conference.
Henderson State Reddies and Arkansas Tech will meet at Memorial Stadium on October 19, with kickoff slated for 3 p.m. The game will be the centerpiece event of a weekend filled with football fun for students, alumni and fans from around the state.
“We’ve always wanted to be part of this great event and we are excited about the opportunity,” said HSU head coach Scott Maxfield. “We have several players from the El Dorado area and our team is looking forward to playing in a bowl type of atmosphere.”
The Reddies open the season on Saturday, Sept. 7, when they play host to GAC opponent Southern Nazarene at 6 p.m.
“There is a lot of excitement after the success of last year and it will be nice to open the season at home,” said Maxfield, who begins his ninth season at Henderson. “It will be a challenging year for us. There are high expectations and with 10 conference games we will have to be ready to play each week.”
Henderson State, ranked No. 6 in the USA Today preseason top 25, will have the benefit of playing its first two games at home as the Reddies face non-conference opponent McKendree University on Sept. 14.
The Reddies hit the road for the first time on Sept. 21 as they travel to Durant, Okla., to face Southeastern Oklahoma. Henderson State has a 17-6 series lead over the Storm including a 56-20 win last year.
The 17th Annual Reddie Hall of Honor ceremonies will take place Sept. 28 as the Reddies host East Central. The Hall of Honor ceremony is set to begin at 11 a.m. with kickoff against the Tigers at 3 p.m.
Henderson State will make its longest road trip of the season on Oct. 5 as the Reddies travel 470 miles to Alva, Okla., to face Northwestern Oklahoma. It will be the first-ever meeting between the Reddies and the Rangers.
Southwestern Oklahoma will be Henderson’s homecoming opponent on Oct. 12. Last year the Reddies beat the Bulldogs 50-22 in Weatherford, Okla. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
Following the Boomtown Classic on Oct 19, the Reddies will make back-to-back road trips to Searcy and Monticello.
Henderson travels to Harding for the third straight year on Oct. 26. The Reddies beat the Bisons 38-10 in Searcy last year to increase the series lead to 30-17-1.
On Nov. 2, the Reddies will take on Arkansas-Monticello. It will be Henderson’s first trip to Monticello since 2006. The Reddies improved their series lead over UAM to 43-30-2 with a 71-0 shutout of the Boll Weevils last year.
Senior Day will be Nov. 9 as the Reddies play host to Southern Arkansas with kickoff set for 1 p.m. Henderson has won the last six meetings against the Muleriders and owns a 39-34-2 series advantage.
The regular-season culminates with the 87th Battle of the Ravine on Nov. 16 at A.U. Williams Stadium on the Ouachita Baptist University campus. Kickoff for one of the most unique games in the country is set for 2 p.m. The Reddies recorded a 42-7 win last year to take a 41-39-6 advantage in the series.
Henderson State returns 13 players that earned All-GAC honors in 2012 including All-American and Harlon Hill finalist Kevin Rodgers. Rodgers, the 2012 GAC Offensive Player of the Year, threw for 4,002 yards and 41 touchdowns helping lead the Reddies to their first-ever undefeated regular-season and NCAA playoff appearance.
The Reddies also return four of its top five receivers including team leader Robert Jordan who caught 65 passes for 1,074 yards.
Five All-GAC selections return on the defensive side of the football including GAC Freshman of the Year Tim Llewellyn. The Reddies also return two-time 1st team All-GAC linebacker Keaton Stigger who has recorded nearly 200 tackles in his career.
2013 Henderson State Football Schedule
(* indicates Great American Conference games)
Date Opponent Place Time
Sept. 7 *Southern Nazarene Arkadelphia, Ark. 6 p.m.
Sept. 14 McKendree Arkadelphia, Ark. 6 p.m.
Sept. 21 *at Southeastern Oklahoma Durant, Okla. 6 p.m.
Sept. 28 *East Central (Hall of Honor) Arkadelphia, Ark. 3 p.m.
Oct. 5 *at Northwestern Oklahoma Alva, Okla. 1 p.m.
Oct. 12 *Southwestern Okla. (Homecoming) Arkadelphia, Ark. 3 p.m.
Oct. 19 *Arkansas Tech (Boomtown Classic) El Dorado, Ark. 3 p.m.
Oct. 26 * at Harding Searcy, Ark. 2 p.m.
Nov. 2 *at Arkansas-Monticello Monticello, Ark. 3 p.m.
Nov. 9 *Southern Arkansas Arkadelphia, Ark. 1 p.m.
Nov. 16 *at Ouachita Baptist Arkadelphia, Ark. 1 p.m.
Courtesy Henderson State University Department of Athletics