After a tough loss to Texas Lutheran in Seguin, Texas, the Hendrix College Warriors start Southern Athletic Association competition against Centre College at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium.
The Warriors sit at 1-1 after beating Lyon College 37-27 at home and lost 19-14 on the road to TLU in a game junior quarterback Miles Thompson left because of an injured shoulder.
Hendrix football coach Buck Buchanan said Thompson will be a game-time decision.
He also said the loss to the Bulldogs wasn’t a low point for the team, but more of a rally of sorts.
“The biggest thing is TLU is a good team,” he said. “It gets us ready to play in our conference. Lyon was better when we played them this year than when we played them in the past. We are going to keep playing TLU because its going to be a better team and a better program. It prepares us for our conference schedule.”
This week, the Centre College Colonels come to town, who holds a 3-2 edge over the Warriors.
Last season, the Colonels won 52-42 after going up 21-0 in the first quarter.
Hendrix came back to make the game interesting, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
In 2016 and 2015, the Warriors beat Centre but lost to the Colonels the previous two games.
“They made a couple plays at the end of the game last year when we had some chances to take over,” he said. “A couple years ago, we had Dayton [Winn] get 52 carries and ran the ball a lot. There’s a lot of parity and it’s not just against them but against the rest of the league. Centre is a real physical team that has two victories. One of those wins came against Hanover, where they had to score 21 in the fourth quarter to win that game and beat Maryville pretty good last week.”
This week, however, the Warriors have a chance to give the Colonels their first loss.
They will have to do that by stopping Centre’s special teams, which returned the opening kickoff against Hendrix last year and returned a kick last week.
“They are one of the best special teams in the league,” he said. “We’ve never beaten them in special teams in any of our matchups, so if we are going to have a chance, we need to play better in special teams.”
Centre is also a team that has experience.
“They have a lot of seniors back,” he said. “A lot of guys that are back from last year’s team. Their offensive line has a lot of upper class returners, so the game will have to be won in the trenches. We’ll be tested up front.”
Buchanan said it will be two winning programs going toe-to-toe and it will be a good starting SAA matchup.
The game starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium at Hendrix College.