Their Long Awaited Return

HSU Football Opens Their Season Against SWOSU


Donovan Lee, Oracle Sports

Reddies open their 2021 season on the road against SWOSU. HSU has not played a game since December of 2019.

Donovan Lee, Sports Editor / HTV Station Manager

WEATHERFORD, OK– It has not been the same for Reddies football since the fall of 2019. The sounds of referee whistles and pads smashing against each other have been missing,

as players and coaches have sat in the locker rooms waiting for this day to come. On Sept. 2, the wait is finally over. Henderson State football will open their 2021 season with a Thursday night matchup on the road against conference foe Southwestern Oklahoma State (SWOSU).

With their conference title hopes coming to an end at the hands of neighboring Ouachita Baptist in 2019, redemption is on the minds of head coach Scott Maxfield and his Reddies. Fortunately, they are bringing back a star-studded roster to hunt down that conference title that has eluded the program since 2015.

Returning players for Henderson include the conference’s premiere receiving tandem of redshirt seniors L’liot Curry, a Preseason All-American for the upcoming season, and Chase Lodree, who was an All-GAC honoree back in 2019. Curry has already made himself at home in Arkadelphia and the GAC in his one season on the field for the Reddies, when he accounted for more than 1,100 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns. He is projected to be one of Division-II’s best athletes to pay attention to this season. Lodree has also had his fair share of receptions and scores in the Red and White, making him a force to be reckoned with in 2021.

On the other side of the ball, some familiar faces have come back to make their presence felt on defense for Maxfield. Those names include redshirt senior and defensive lineman Antoine Roshell, who is credited with just under 40 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss during the 2019 campaign. The linebacker barrage will be spearheaded by veteran Jake Chatman. The junior tallied 62 tackles two years ago. The secondary rounds out the defense for HSU, led by seasoned safety Patrick Jones and cornerback Dedric O’Bryant. The duo combined for over 80 tackles and five picks in their last season of action.

With the chance of more history to be made and records to be broken, Reddies football focuses on exceeding their success from their remarkable season almost two years prior. However, the arm in the pocket will be different for Henderson, with senior Adam Morse as QB1 to begin the season. Morse has reps under center from 2019, including playing in the Live United Bowl.

HSU has historically been great in season openers and even better against SWOSU since the establishment of the GAC in 2011. Hopes are high in Arkadelphia for the 2021 season, and eyes will be on the Thursday night showdown in Weatherford. The game kicks off at 6 p.m.