Game 9 - Belhaven
1 p.m. | Nov. 4, 2017 | Shelton Stadium
Radio: 100.7 FM
Al Pickett - Play-by-Play; Travis Jones - Color
An HSU Win Would
►Make the Cowboys 8-1 on the year and 7-1 in conference play.
►Make the Cowboys 4-1 on the year at home and make the Cowboys 18-1 at home in the last four seasons in the regular season.
►Make Jesse Burleson 48-22 in his career and move him to third on the HSU career wins list moving past Frank Kimbrough and only behind Jimmie Keeling (181) and Warren Woodson (58).
Last Time Out
The Cowboy defense limited Southwestern to seven points and the offense scored on the first possession of each half and again late in the fourth quarter as HSU defeated Southwestern 21-7 on Homecoming.
The Cowboys will close the regular season at McMurry in a 1 p.m. game for the Wilford Moore Trophy. HSU has won 24 of the last 25 meetings with McMurry.
In The Polls
HSU is ranked fifth in this week's D3football.com poll and sixth in the American Football Coaches Association poll.
On the Air
You can listen to Cowboy football on 100.7 in Abilene and watch on the internet at www.hsuathletics.com. You can also listen on your mobile phone using the HSU Athletics app. Al Pickett is in his 12th season in the Cowboys' play-by-play chair and 14th overall on the broadcast team. Former Cowboy quarterback Travis Jones will handle the color commentary duties for home games and director of athletic communications Chad Grubbs will handle the color analysis for the road games.
Last Home Stand
This will be the final home game for the 26 Hardin-Simmons seniors. The Cowboys have nine senior starters this season and Alex Bell is out for the season with an injury. All combined the seniors have 195 career starts under their belt. Riley Owens and Vic Rodriguez are the senior starters on offense. Jim LaFond, Tam Cortez, Cody Taylor, Donavon Hailey, Josh White, Matthew Hawkins and Reggie Davis start on defense.
Jaquan Hemphill needs just 83 more yards to reach 1,000 for the season. He would be just the 10th back at HSU since bringing back football in 1990 to reach 1,000 yards in a season and would be the first since Tevin Mitchell in 2013. Push Them Back
Teams have only made 19 trips to the red zone against the Cowboy defense this season. In those 19 trips, teams have scored just eight touchdowns and have only scored any points on just 12 trips.
Moving Up The Charts
► Junior running back Jaquan Hemphill continues to move up the school career rushing charts. He is now No. 10 with 1,799 yards and he is tied for seventh with 24 career rushing touchdowns. His 6.38 yards per carry ranks third all-time.
► Junior wide receiver Reese Childress is now 10th on the career receiving yardage list. He has 2,168 yards. He is also 10th with 121 receptions and ranks fifth with 25 receiving touchdowns. He is seventh all-time in total touchdowns with 30.
► Senior Matthew Hawkins now has 268 career tackles, which ranks seventh all-time. He is two away from Brent Gailey and 10 away from former teammate Cory Ward.
► Senior Donavon Hailey has three blocked kicks, which ties the career record of Garrett Martin, Michael Tracy and Randy Hirsch.
► HSU ranks second in the conference in total offense, total defense, scoring offense and scoring defense.
► The Cowboys lead the conference in kickoff returns and punting. Junior Reese Childress handles both duties for the Cowboys.
► HSU was tied at halftime last week and HSU won 21-7. It is just the second time the Cowboys have won a game when being tied or trailing at halftime in the Burleson era. The Cowboys are now 2-16 in those situations. On the flip side, HSU is 46-6 when leading at halftime.
South Region Rankings
Hardin-Simmons was ranked second in the first NCAA regional rankings that were released this week. The regional rankings are part of the process for selecting the teams that will be in the NCAA playoffs.
Watson Finds Paydirt
Junior tight end Woody Watson is a big part of the Cowboy offense, especially as a blocking tight end. He contributed on the receiving end on Saturday with his first career touchdown pass, a 4-yarder from Landry Turner.
Linebackers Making Plays