Reddies to host St. Cloud State in NCAA Playoffs
Less than 24 hours after playing one of the greatest games in school history, Henderson State learned that it will play host to St. Cloud State in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
The two teams will square off on November 23 at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium with kickoff slated for Noon. Ticket information for next Saturday's game will be released Monday afternoon.
The Reddies, ranked No. 4 in the AFCA Coaches Poll, are coming off a 60-52 victory over Ouachita Baptist on Saturday. Henderson State completed its second straight undefeated regular-season and recorded 11 wins for only the third time in school history.
St. Cloud State, ranked 13th nationally, will enter the postseason with a 10-1 record following its 64-27 win over Minnesota State-Moorhead.
Henderson State is ranked No. 3 in Super Region 3, while the Huskies are ranked No. 6. The winner will face Minnesota State-Mankato on Nov. 30 in Mankato, Minn.
The other side of the bracket has No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth hosting No. 5 Emporia State with the winner facing No. 1 seeded Northwest Missouri State.
The Reddies are the only team in the 24-team field to be undefeated not to receive bye in the opening round.
The Husky offense averages 39.6 points and 459.5 yards of total offense per game.
St. Cloud State features Harlon Hill candidate Phillip Klaphake. The senior quarterback has completed 192-of-318 passes for 2787 yards and 25 touchdowns. Klaphake surpassed the 10,000 yard career passing mark, becoming only the third quarterback in Division II history to do so. Klaphake is also a threat to run the football having 486 yards on 107 rushes and 8 touchdowns.
Michael Walker leads St. Cloud in rushing having carried the ball 146 times for 699 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Much like Henderson, the Huskies are deep at the receiver position with 10 receivers having 100 or more receiving yards.
Damon Treat leads the receiving corps with 41 catches for 600 yards and 4 touchdowns, while teammate Dan Brown has 21 catches for 378 yards and 7 scores.
St. Cloud has one of the best defenses in the country allowing just 16.1 points and 314.4 yards per game.
Defensive back Eric Poggenburg leads the Husky defense having 80 total tackles including 10 tackles for lost yardage and five interceptions.
Defensive back Jack Moro follows with 75 tackles a 7 picks.
Henderson State will counter with its Harlon Hill candidate Kevin Rodgers who set the HSU and GAC single season passing record with 4240 yards this season. Rodgers has completed a record 281 passes on 413 attempts for 36 touchdowns.
Henderson's receiving corps is led by Darius Davis who leads the Great American Conference with 1383 yards on 65 receptions and 14 touchdowns.
The Reddies lead the nation in scoring averaging 54.9 yards per game while averaging 572.5 yards per contest.