Battle of the Ravine

The Reddies were defeated by OBU in this year’s BOTR. Story by Jordan Williams, Sports Editor Photo by Kyle Chassells, Staff Photographer

After returning home with a record of 31 consecutive wins on the road, the Reddies took a trip across the ravine to take place in the age old rivalry game against the Ouachita Baptist Tigers.

The first half of this game could not have gotten off to a worse start as junior Melvin Walters fumbled the opening kickoff, which was quickly recovered by OBU at the HSU 14 yard line. Just three plays later, OBU scored off a 9 yard touchdown pass to take a lead of 7-0 mere minutes into the game.

The Reddies took charge with their actual first possession going on a 13 play 79 yard drive highlighted by a 1 yard rush from Andrew Black. The drive took 7:12 taking up a good chunk of the first quarter score evened up at 7-7. OBU wouldn’t allow that drive to go unanswered as they responded with a 58 yard completed pass that would cap off a 4 play 74 yard drive that saw OBU once again taking the lead with 14 -7 going into the second quarter.

Reddies scored the first touchdown of the second quarter on an extremely quick 8 play 54 yard drive totaling only 2:12 of the clock. However, it was nothing com- pared to the run OBU started.

After getting their first possession of the quarter, OBU needed only two plays to respond and deflate the Reddies’ defense as they took 42 seconds of the play clock to take the lead again. They doubled a possession later after an 8 play 81 yard possession that the Reddies were all but helpless to stop.

The Reddies locked in near the end of the half forcing OBU into a bad offensive possession and converting that success into a 10 play 80 yard drive that would end with a short 2 yard Evan Lassiter pass connected with Darion Gray that would see the score going into the half HSU 21 – OBU 28.

The second half would continue would to be as close knit as the first.OBU would open up the half going on a commanding 13 play 80 yard drive scoring off a 16 yard Devin Harris rush but was met with an 8 play 77 yard drive that was capped with a 12 yard Blake Faulk rush.

OBU took yet another offensive possession in a quarter dominated by offense and score what would be the last touchdown of the third quarter on a 1 yard rush by Drew Harris. As the third quarter ended OBU had what seemed to be full command of this one the score now OBU 42 – HSU 28 with the Tigers retaining possession of the ball going into the fourth.

OBU took the first possession of the fourth, and forced their way into the opposing end zone against a failed defense. Just 8 plays into it, OBU held an insurmountable lead with the score at OBU 49 – HSU 28. The Reddies, however, refused to quietly fade out of this affair and locked in to take advantage of what little time that remained to rally back.

TheHSU defense was actually able to stop what had appeared to be an unstoppable juggernaut in OBU’s offense. An impressive 11 play 78 yard drive ended in a rush touchdown by Freshman Cobra Jones and an even more impressive run by Evan Lassiter as the clock wound down, OBU 49 – HSU 42. The Reddies rally came in too little too late.

Though we may have lost this one, there was a lot on which to reflect happily. Evan Lassiter completed 47 of 64 passes for a career high 463 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions his 47 passes a new HSU single game record. Both of the freshman backs in the starting lineup found the end zone with Cobra Jones scoring twice in the afternoon.Reddies out-gained OBU with a season high 54 yards to 395 and ran 88 plays that afternoon.

This loss snaps Reddies’ NCAA DII 31 game road win streak, ending a streak that had spanned over 7 seasons. Our last loss on the road came from South Alabama in a 28-3 defeat in the 2011 season. Reddies ends the season 6-5 and sixth in the conference.