By COURTLIN HAYGARTH | HSU Sports Network
ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State head coach Scott Maxfield came into the 2022 season with 117 wins and second on the all-time wins list in program history. On Saturday, Sept. 17, Maxfield reached his 120th victory, surpassing Sporty Carpenter for the most wins in HSU football history as the Reddies defeated Arkansas-Monticello inside Carpenter-Haygood Stadium, 37-27.
In what was only his second career start, Andrew Edwards, in relief of starting quarterback Landon Ledbetter, recorded five total touchdowns as he completed 21 of 33 passes for 310 yards and four scores while finding the endzone on the ground once. Edwards’ 300+ passing yards is the most yards to be thrown for since Adam Morse tallied 373 yards at Oklahoma Baptist back on Nov. 6, 2021.
As a team, HSU recorded 523 total yards, including 203 rushing yards. For the second consecutive game, Korien Burrell surpassed 100 yards, led the ground attack on the evening with 121 yards on 17 carries. The defense once again was exceptional in getting to the quarterback, recording six sacks, two of which came from Shaq’ke Robinson. For the season, Henderson has registered 16 sacks.
Both offenses started slow before the Reddies got on the board first with an Edwards touchdwon run from the half-yard line to cap off an 8 play, 81-yard drive to put HSU ahead, 7-0. After a forced punt by the Henderson defense, Edwards found paydirt again, this time through the air on a 31-yard pass to Texas A&M-Commerce transfer Matt Childers for the two-score advantage.
Robinson’s first of two sacks on the evening stalled UAM’s offense after it drove the ball into HSU territory to open the second quarter before another deep pass from Edwards, this time to Xavier Malone, who totaled 53 yards on the drive, to give the home favorites the 20-0 lead. Moments later, a Tristan Heaton 49-yard field goal – the longest made field goal in HSU history – extended the lead to 23-0.
Monticello broke through with a touchdown with 5:14 on the clock to make it 23-7 and after a Boll Weevil-forced fumble and recovery, looked to cut the lead to single digits before halftime. A stout defensive effort forced UAM to turn the ball over on downs at Henderson’s 27-yard line with 1:21 remaining in the half, which HSU took advantage of to the tune of Malone’s second score of the game off a 35-yard dart down the right sideline.
With the Reddie defense doing its job in the third quarter, the score remained 30-7 heading into the fourth before both teams added to their point total to bring the tally to 37-14. A couple of late garbage-time scores from the Boll Weevils cut the lead to 10, but the outcome was never truly in doubt over the last half of play as Henderson reached win number 120 in the Maxfield era, 37-27.
Henderson State (3-0) remains within the borders of the Natural State this Saturday when it heads to Magnolia, Arkansas – a site where HSU has not played a football game since 2012 – to face 1-2 Southern Arkansas Saturday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.