Henderson State Reddies Dominate


The Henderson State Reddies Dominate Southern Nazarene in Season Opener

Henderson State Reddies football coach Scott Maxfield picked up his 50th win as his team rolled to an 82-10 win over Southern Nazarene, Saturday at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium in Arkadelphia, Ark.

Maxfield is third all-time in wins at HSU behind legendary coach Sporty Carpenter who had 119 victories and Duke Wells who totaled 73 wins.

The 82 points were the most by a Reddie team since Henderson scored 99 against Arkansas Baptist in 1932.

Henderson State, 1-0 on the season, also set several records including a HSU and Great American Conference best 855 yards of total offense, 55 yards shy of the NCAA Division II all-time mark of 910. The Reddies also totaled a GAC record 557 yards passing.

2012 GAC Offensive Player of the Year Kevin Rodgers put up Peyton Manning like numbers, completing 17 of 25 passes for 468 yards and six touchdowns in under three quarters of play.

The junior from Rockwall, Texas was 13 for 19 with 444 yards in the first-half, with all six scoring tosses coming in the first 30 minutes.

Rodgers’ only blemish was an interception in the first quarter which led to SNU’s lone touchdown.

Three receivers went over 100 yards including Israel Valentin who collected 118 yards on three receptions. Valentin had touchdown catches of 59, 5 and a 29-yard acrobatic reception.

Dustin Holland totaled 124 yards on three catches and a 59-yard score, while Robert Jordan had four grabs for 111 yards and a 41-yard touchdown to open the game.
Darius Davis was just shy of the century mark having 91 yards on two receptions and a 71-yard score.

Henderson State also put points on the board with the ground game as the Reddies totaled 298 yards rushing led by Ryan McDonald who ended the night with 139 yards on 16 carries. The sophomore from Charleston, Ark. had touchdown runs of 49 and 9 yards.

Freshman Daniel McCoy added 94 yards on 11 carries including a touchdown run of 45 yards, while Kevin Nichols had 35 yards on eight attempts and a 4-yard score.
The Reddie defense also had a strong performance allowing the Crimson Storm just 324 yards of offense with a majority of the yardage coming in the fourth quarter.

Turell Williams and Keaton Stigger both had 10 tackles, while Ricardo Mendez chalked up nine stops.

Ricky Cortes added a 23-yard scoop and score after Gary Vines delivered a big-time hit on Denzel Idris midway through the fourth-quarter.

Additional defensive highlights included an interception by Tim Llewellyn and a blocked punt by Joseph Snapp.

Henderson State will next play host to McKendree on Saturday, Sept. 14 with kickoff slated for 6 p.m. at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium.

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