CONWAY, Ark. - The Sewanee football team kept the Hendrix Warriors in check during the second half and earned a road win, 38-31, Saturday afternoon from Young-Wise Memorial Stadium.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Sewanee (3-2, 2-1) 38, Hendrix (1-4, 0-3) 31
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Tigers' opening drive resulted in points. Starting at their own 40-yard-line, the visitors recorded three pass completions, including a 15-yard run by Alex Darras. Darras, after a false start penalty that pushed the Tigers back to a third down and 16, found Allan Puri for a 30-yard reception that found the end zone.
-The Warriors responded on their first drive of the game with an 11-yard touchdown reception to Kip Vanhoose from Mason Doerr.
-On Sewanee's next possession, Darras led the offense with a seven-play 70-yard drive that ended in a nine-yard touchdown catch by Micah Maes.
-Leading 14-7 with eight minutes remaining in the opening quarter, the Warriors began their second drive of the game. The home team was able to drive the ball into the red zone, but a fumble by Travis England changed things for the Sewanee defense. Jo Jo Matlock recovered the fumble to give Sewanee possession late in the opening quarter.
-After Sewanee converted a key fourth down and short play at their own 43, Darras surrendered an interception to give possession back to the home team.
-After a Doerr rush of eight yards, he was picked off thanks to Pierce Johnson in the Sewanee secondary.
-That interception sparked an offensive rally, capped off by a Zach Milan four-yard carry in for a score and a 21-7 Tigers lead.
-The Sewanee defense swarmed again on the next Warriors possession. After a completed pass for a first down, Doerr was sacked by Sam Blackstock and helped popped the football free. Rocky Tips was there to recover, and the Purple and Gold had excellent field position at the Hendrix 30.
-The offense responded quickly with a three-play, 30-yard drive that saw Maes make his second receiving touchdown of the game with an 18-yard reception to push Sewanee's lead to 28-7 with 8:57 left in the opening half.
-Hendrix responded on the ensuing kickoff. Vanhoose returned Michael Jacobs' kickoff 97 yards to cut the Sewanee lead in half, 28-14, with 8:37 to go.
-The Warriors added another score with 2:25 left in the opening half with an 85-yard pass from Doerr to Hinton to make it a one-score game, 28-21, at the halftime break.
-With the Warriors getting the football to start the opening half, the momentum coming out of the locker room was in the hands of the home team. However, the Sewanee defense kept them out of the end zone, and the 12-play, 55-yard drive was halted at the 10-yard-line. Hendrix converted a 27-yard field goal to make it 28-24 in favor of the visitors.
-Sewanee responded with a field goal of their own on their first drive of the second half. Jacobs drained a 21-yarder to put the lead back to seven points, 31-24.
-After a three-and-out by Hendrix, the Tigers, with 4:20 left in the third, Sewanee used another long drive that resulted in a 13-yard completion to Sam Everette to give Sewanee the 31-24 lead as the contest moved to the final quarter.
-The Warriors would get within a touchdown of the Tigers thanks to a blocked punt returned for a touchdown with six and a half minutes left in the game, but the home team failed on back-to-back fourth down conversions on their final two possessions to give Sewanee the win on the road.
-The Tigers outgained the Warriors, 491-407, including 401 yards through the air.
-Sewanee earned its first win over Hendrix since 2013 when the team won 35-9 in Conway.
-Sewanee also accomplished something that has not been done in 17 years: having a better than .500 record at the end of September. Sewanee's 3-2 record after one month of play is the second-best in the opening month since 2001, when Sewanee started 4-1.
SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Micah Maes earned the first 100-yard receiving game of his career with a 175-yard performance on 11 catches and two touchdowns.
-Alex Darras fired 364 yards through the air on 29-of-41 passing and a career-best four touchdowns.
HENDRIX KEY STATISTICS
-Mason Doerr went 28-of-40 for 339 yards and two touchdowns.
-Blake Hinton also recorded a 100-yard day through the air with 144 yards on seven catches.
-Kip Vanhoose recorded 145 yards on kickoff returns, including a 97-yard score.
-Tanner Hartsfield tallied 12 tackles for the Warriors.
The two-game road swing concludes next Saturday, as Sewanee travels to No. 16/18 Berry for a 6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. CT kickoff.