Hendrix loses to RV/RV Birmingham-Southern

CONWAY — RV/RV Birmingham-Southern (Ala.) defeated Hendrix, 43-6, on Saturday in Southern Athletic Association action at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium. The Warriors faced their second-straight league opponent which was receiving votes in the AFCA and D3football.com Top 25 polls.

Hendrix (1-4, 0-2 SAA) forced a three and out on the first offensive series by Birmingham-Southern (5-0, 2-0 SAA), but a fumbled punt return gave the Panthers the ball at the Warriors 30. Four plays later, Tavion Fleming crossed the goal line from 21 yards out to give his team a 7-0 advantage.

Photo by Jenn McKenzie

Birmingham-Southern scored three more touchdowns in the first half to make the score 34-0 at intermission.

Hendrix hit paydirt on its third play from scrimmage in the third quarter, as Hunter Holden connected with Chris Childress on a post route for a 61-yard touchdown pass.

The Panthers responded with two drives that each were 14 plays and lasted 7:07. Birmingham-Southern went 57 yards on a series which lasted 7:07, but an Aidan Hood 40-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right. The Panthers’ only second-half touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a one-yard plunge, capping an 80-yard drive. On their next offensive series, a sack-fumble forced the Warriors to fall on the ball in their own endzone, resulted in a safety for Birmingham-Southern.

Trey Patterson went 13-of-18 passing for 182 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers and was sacked once.

Grayson Stacey and Robert Shufford each carried 16 times for Birmingham-Southern and combined for 181 of their team’s 285 rushing yards. Shufford rushed for two scores. Tavion Fleming and Gibbs Sherrell each scored a rushing touchdown.

The Panthers’ Branden Rew caught five balls for 104 yards and a score. Gentry Neese also had a receiving touchdown.

Cameron DeArman had two tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble, and quarterback hurry for Birmingham-Southern.

Holden finished with 112 yards through the air and a touchdown. Ryan Hollingsworth completed both of his pass attempts for 40 yards.

Childress went over the century mark in receiving yards for the third time this year, ending with 106 yards on three catches and a touchdown.

Childress has nine receiving touchdowns this season, which moved him into third place on the school’s single-season list. He moved into ninth place on the touchdowns scored list.

Childress has 10-career receiving touchdowns, which is tied for sixth in program history. His 10 touchdowns scored ranks 10th.

Tajae White compiled 105 all-purpose yards – 59 on kickoff returns and 46 receiving – for the Orange and Black.

Eli Martin and Mitchell Johnson each totaled 10 tackles for the Warriors. Martin and Cole Tierce each forced a fumble. Brody Plemons and Timothy Curran each had a sack. Plemons, Curran and Dylan Chappell recorded one tackle for loss apiece. Matthew Scirto and Alek Taylor each broke up a pass. Hunter Lawrence had a quarterback hurry.

Hendrix eyes its fourth-straight win over Rhodes (Tenn.) when the Warriors hit the road on Saturday Oct. 16 for a 6 p.m. kickoff.