By Stephen Yates for SWARK Today
Homecoming was a success this weekend in Arkadelphia on the campus of Henderson State University. Highlights from the weekend started with Thursday’s pep-rally (which involved the school’s annual bonfire and Phi Lambda Chi Drumbeat), a Block Party downtown on Clinton St., finishing off Saturday with a full day of tailgating, crowning of a new queen and a Reddie victory.
The 2018 homecoming court was ripe with 24 worthy candidates with Hope Smith, a senior Health and Human Performance major from Camden, emerging to be crowned Homecoming Queen during the pregame ceremony Saturday. First runner-up was Keanna Peck, a senior political science major from Little Rock, and Keira Bates, a junior aviation major also from Little Rock, was second runner-up. The rest of the court included Nicole Scoggins, Jessica Horn, Adrienne Prince, Kally Tran, Dinah Russell, Amy Westbrook, Mirela Tornatore, Suzanne Sorrells, Candy Bruno Estrada, Madison Newton, Savannah Moore, Peyton Bradshaw, Viola Simmons, Jordan Bridges, Susana Loarca, Ashley Zeiler, Paige Elizabeth Powell, Brooke Roberson, Emily Green, Cynthia Perez, and Chandler Simmons.
Following the ceremony, the Reddie Football team hosted Southeastern Oklahoma State in Carpenter-Haygood Stadium. This was a pivotal conference game for both teams. The Savage Storm struck early with a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter. However, the Reddies fought back. With Kodie Whitaker leading the offense, the Reddies were back in the game by halftime with a deficit of 10-14.
Although Southeastern struggled to get the running going, quarterback Rollin Kinsaul kept the Storm alive with 163 passing yards and a touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, both teams showed an extraordinary amount of effort with four fumbles forced and recovered, one of which returned for a touchdown, by the Savage Storm. The Reddies answered with four interceptions of their own. It was a hard fought battle by both teams, but at the end of the day the game came down to a 40-yard field goal by Temo Martinez with five seconds left in the fourth quarter to seal the victory for the Reddies.
HSU is scheduled to take on the No.21 SAU Muleriders next Saturday in El Dorado.