WEATHERFORD, OK - Behind a big game from quarterback Evan Lassiter and two interceptions from defensive back Malik Brown, Henderson State defeated Southwestern Oklahoma State 37-14 on Saturday evening to extend the nation's longest road winning streak to 28 games.
- After the Reddies opening drive stalled, Lassiter pinned SWOSU deep with a quick kick that was downed at the Bulldog 3-yard line. The Reddies got on the board first seconds later, when Sam Johnson stuffed Bulldog runningback Kendall Burt in his own end zone for a safety, putting Henderson up 2-0. The Reddies immediately got the ball back and took advantage, as Lassiter hooked up with Darion Gray for a 21-yard touchdown pass that gave HSU a 9-0 lead with 7:49 in the first quarter.
- On the first play of the second quarter, junior defensive back Malik Brown picked off SWOSU quarterback Casey Freeman at the Reddies' 45-yard line to get Henderson the ball back. Two plays later, HSU capitalized again, as Gray and Lassiter hooked up for their second touchdown connection of the day, this one from 54-yards out, to stretch the Reddies' lead to 16-0.
- SWOSU got on the board on its next possession with a six-play 82-yard drive that ended with a 6-yard scoring run from Karltrell Henderson to cut the Reddies' lead down to 16-7 with 6:15 left in the first half.
- Henderson answered the scoring drive from the Bulldogs with one of its own, marching 52 yards in 10 plays and capped off by a 1-yard plunge from Blake Faulk on 4th-and-goal to give the Reddies a 23-7 advantage with 1:43 to go in the half.
- The first half scoring was not done, though, as SWOSU put together a quick seven-play, 72 yard drive which ended with a touchdown pass from Freeman to JR Omigie. The score cut the HSU lead down to 23-14 at halftime.
- After a scoreless third period, the Reddies got a boost on the first play of the fourth quarter, when Brown picked off his second pass of the night at the Reddies' 42-yard line to give HSU the ball back. Henderson was able to capitalize on the turnover after a 10-play 58-yard drive when Lassiter found Ben Johnson from three yards out for his third scoring toss of the game. Johnson's second touchdown reception of the season put the Reddies up 30-14 with 9:53 to play in the game.
- Sheldon Watson put the icing on the cake for the Reddies five minutes later, picking off Freeman on a 4th-and-10 in the HSU red zone and returning it 81 yards for a clinching touchdown. Watson scored a defensive touchdown against SWOSU last season on a scoop and score of a fumble.
- Evan Lassiter, in the second start of his career, was brilliant for Henderson, competing 29 of 45 attempts for 301 yards and three scores with just one interception.
- Darion Gray had three catches on the night for 89 yards and two touchdowns, while Ben Johnson led the team in receptions with six for 51 yards and a score.
- True freshman Cobra Jones carried 11 times for 36 yards to lead the Reddies on the ground. Blake Faulk punched in HSU's only rushing score of the night.
- Malik Brown had a big night for Henderson, leading the team in tackles with seven and picking off two SWOSU passes. Sam Johnson had a sack and a safety to lead the Reddies' front four.
- Henderson outgained SWOSU 346-341 and took advantage of three Bulldog turnovers in the win. The Reddies defense also sacked the SWOSU quarterback Freeman four times.
- The win moves Henderson to 2-2 on the season and extends the NCAA's longest road winning streak at any level of play to 28-consecutive games. The Reddies have never lost a road game since joining the Great American Conference in 2011.
UP NEXT: Henderson faces Southern Nazarene next Saturday at 2 p.m. in Arkadelphia, Arkansas on Hall of Honor Day.
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