MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Huntingdon Hawks won their first playoff game in school history Saturday, beating Hendrix College 38-27 at Samford Stadium in Montgomery.
Coming off their first conference title in school history, Huntingdon was playing in only its second playoff game in school history.
In the opening quarter both teams had a flurry of scoring, combining for 31 points.
Only three minutes into the game, Hendrix quarterback Seth Peters broke for a 22-yard touchdown run to give the Warriors an early 7-0 lead.
Huntingdon responded on the ensuing drive with a touchdown of their opening drive. Running back John Iwaniec capped a seven-play, 49-yard drive with a five-yard run to knot the score at seven.
On Hendrix's next drive, kicker Steve Crenshaw knocked in a 21-yard field goal to give the Warriors a 10-7 lead.
Huntingdon fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which was recovered by Hendrix's Stone Paul.
Five plays later, Seth Peters completed an eight-yard pass to Ben Luedtke for a touchdown, extending Hendrix's lead to 10.
Huntingdon answered with a 23-yard touchdown passed from Luke Bailey to Diggan Andre. With the extra point, the score was 17-14 going into the second quarter.
On their first drive of the second quarter, Huntingdon took their first lead of the game with a one-yard touchdown run from John Iwaniec.
Midway through the second quarter, Hendrix's Seth Peters connected with Ben Luedtke for an explosive 75-yard touchdown pass to give the Warriors the lead back.
As time ticked away in the first half, Huntingdon's Chase Young nailed a 25-yard field goal to knot the game at 24 going into halftime.
On the first drive of the second half, John Iwaniec hit pay dirt for the third time in the game with a 12-yard touchdown to give the Hawks a 31-24 lead.
On the ensuing drive, Hendrix drove the ball to the Huntingdon six-yard line, but the Hawks' defense held strong, forcing a field goal that cut the lead to four going into the final quarter.
On only the second play of the quarter, Luke Bailey broke for a 14-yard touchdown run to extend Huntingdon's lead to eleven.
The Hawk defense stepped up, forcing a punt and missed field goal on Hendrix's next two drives, while the offense successfully ran more than eight minutes off the clock to seal a 38-27 victory for the Hawks.
John Iwaniec led the Hawks offensively, putting up 122 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
Defensively Anthony White put up eight tackles and an interception, which was the only turnover forced by the Hawks.
With today's win, Huntingdon improves to 10-1 on the season. Huntingdon's victory over Hendrix is their first playoff victory in school history.
Next Saturday, the Hawks will face Mary Hardin Baylor (10-1) for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III playoffs.