Belhaven (1-7, 1-6 ASC) vs. No. 8/8 Hardin-Simmons (7-1, 6-1 ASC)
Saturday, Nov. 3 • 1 p.m. • Belhaven Bowl • Jackson, Miss. • 100.7 FM
Countdown To Kickoff
▶ HSU will play its final road game of the regular season with a 1 p.m. kickoff at the Belhaven Bowl in Jackson, Miss.
▶ HSU will close out the regular season next weekend when it hosts McMurry for Senior Day. The Cowboys will be looking to retain the Wilford Moore Trophy.
▶ The Cowboys were ranked fifth in the ASC West region in the first NCAA regional rankings of the year. The Cowboys obviously have to take care of business on the field and will also have to keep an eye on other one-loss teams in the nation. The Cowboys must win out to have any shot at one of the five at-large spots into the NCAA playoffs. HSU has earned an at-large berth each of the last three years with a 9-1 record but nothing is guaranteed when you put your fate into the hands of a NCAA selection.
▶ The future is bright for HSU football as the Cowboys have dressed 28 freshmen and 24 of them have played in a game this season. Seven of them have worked their way into the two deep this week. The developmental squad is 5-0 on the season.
▶ HSU had 593 yards of total offense and scored 49 points in the win at Southwestern.
▶ Bryson Hammonds continues his torrid pace since being moved to running back. He had 192 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
▶ Ty Hooper threw five touchdown passes and completed 19-of-28 passes for 394 yards. He had scoring strikes of 34, 31, 61, 14 and 77 yards.
▶ Bryson Hammonds has run for 672 yards and six touchdowns for the Cowboys and is averaging 9.0 yards per carry. He has recorded three straight and four overall 100-yard games.
▶ Reese Childress continues his climb up the record books. He is 18 yards away from 3,000 career receiving yards and 54 yards shy of passing Collin McCormick for fourth on the career receiving yards list. He also has 35 touchdown catches and he is three away from tying Jessie Ramos and Mychal Carrillo for second place all-time.
▶ Ty Hooper has completed 60-of-87 passes for 981 yards and 14 touchdowns with no interceptions over the last three games.
▶ The Cowboys have been over 550 yards of total offense in six of the eight games this season.
▶ Colton Kent had a nice 77-yard catch and run for his first touchdown of the season last week. The senior from Cisco is third on the team with 17 catches on the year.
▶ Hunter Creasey continues to make plays for the Cowboys up front and he has recorded seven sacks on the season. He is a half-sack away from joining the top 10 for sacks in a season. He ranks third in the conference in sacks behind the Longoria's (10 by Manny of TLU and 7.5 by Joey of Mary Hardin-Baylor).
▶ Chris Miller ranks third in the conference in tackles with 77. He has a chance to give the Cowboys a 100-tackle performer for the second time in three years.
▶ The Cowboys have held all eight opponents under 500 yards.
Special Teams Notes
▶ The Cowboys lead the American Southwest Conference with a 28.4 yard per kickoff average. HSU has returned three kickoffs for touchdowns on the year.
▶ Jamel LaFond leads the Cowboys with eight special teams tackles on the year.
▶ Jamie Pogue continues to lead the league in scoring by a kicker with 60 points. He is 48-of-52 on PATs and 4-of-7 on field goals. He is 12 extra points shy of the school record of 60 by Mark Smith in 1999.
▶ Reese Childress is leading the league in punting with a 41.0 yard average. He has also put 10 of his 26 punts inside the 20-yard line.
▶ The Blazers are averaging just 10 points per game on the year and allowing 30.6 points per game. Belhaven has not scored more than 20 points in a game this season and have scored fewer than 10 points four times on the year. The Blazers are averaging 259.6 yards per game, including 165.9 through the air.
▶ Hunter Mceachern has completed 104-of-197 passes for 1,183 yards and seven touchdowns with three interceptions on the year.
▶ Denarrius Noel leads the team with 53 tackles and has eight tackles for loss.
Last Year In Abilene
▶ The Cowboys rolled to a 55-7 win on senior day in Abilene last season. The Cowboys rolled up 579 yards of total offense and had 270 yards rushing.
▶ Landry Turner had 293 yards passing and five touchdowns to five different receivers in the game. Reese Childress, Devonte' Walker, Jaquan Hemphill, Breon Simmons and Colton Kent all had touchdown receptions in the game.
▶ The defense allowed just 317 yards of total offense and 51 yards on the ground.
▶ Hunter McEachern completed 31-of-53 passes for 266 yards in the game. The Cowboys sacked him seven times, Donavon Hailey and Jim LaFond each had two sacks in the game.
Head Coach Jesse Burleson
Head coach Jesse Burleson is starting his eighth season at the helm of the Cowboys. He has a career record of 56-24 and has led the Cowboys to three straight trips to the NCAA playoffs. He has produced a 14 All-Americans as the head coach and last year Vic Rodriguez was named the Rimington Award recipient as the top center in Division III. Burleson also coaches the offensive line.