Hendrix football coach Buck Buchanan is faced with helping spoil the homecoming of his alma mater Saturday afternoon.
The Southern Athletic Association Warriors (3-3) will take on the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s ‘Roos in Sherman, Texas, which is close to Buchanana’s hometown of Denison and where he played college football.
"It’s the only time coach (defensive coordinator Reid) Heim gets to come back for homecoming," Buchanan said. "When I was at Louisiana College we played them. I get to see people I haven’t seen in awhile. The hardest thing is we’re playing friends — coaches we know and we root for over the years, except for one week."
The teams have a long-term agreement for the nonconference game. "It should be a good matchup for us over the years. We’re like-minded institutions and we’re not far away," he said.
Hendrix evened its record last week with a 30-17 victory over Berry College, a game in which the defense came up with four interceptions, a safety and several big plays.
"Our defense came up big when our offense was struggling," Buchanan said. "I’m a former defensive coach and we’re going to rely more and more on our defense as the program develops. Last week we won, but we did not play up to our capability in many things we are good at. We lost our composure a little bit."
Austin is 2-4 this season.
"They are much improved over last year," he said. "They are playing better than a team with just two wins. They have an opportunity for their best record in three or four years, so it’s a big game for them. It will be a fight to the finish.
"They have two good tailbacks. When they’ve struggled, they’ve gotten down and had to throw. When they control when they have to throw, they’ve done a good job."
Buchanan said quarterback Seth Peters, who has a knee injury, will miss his second straight game. His backup, Tanner Frye, helped lead the Warriors to victory last week.
"We’re being overly cautious with him; Seth has a lot of football ahead of him," he said.