Troy Mitchell, Director of Athletics Media Relations
With a record of 49-9 over the last five years, Henderson State has been selected as the best college football program in Arkansas regardless of division by Hero Sports.
Hero Sports judges every team in the state using the same timeline. All stats and records are from the last five seasons.
Scores are tabulated on the following criteria: winning percentage, MVP awards, AFCA Coach of the Year awards, bowl game appearances, conference championships, playoff appearances and national championships.
Henderson is one of 25 college football teams (all divisions) with fewer than 10 losses over the past five seasons. The Reddies have won three of the last five Great American Conference titles, and have never finished worse than third in the GAC since the conference was founded six years ago.
Henderson, picked to finish third in the GAC, has compiled a 48-7 record in conference play. Since 2010, the Reddies have a 62-17 record for a .785 winning percentage which also ranks tops in the state.
The Reddies enter the season with the longest road winning streak in the nation at 26 games. Henderson has also won 28 consecutive D2 road games.
Coach Scott Maxfield, who is in his 13th season with the Reddies, has an 88-43 record which ranks ninth best all-time in the history of college football in the state of Arkansas. Maxfield was selected GAC Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013 and Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year in 2010.
In the last five years, Henderson State has totaled eight different players chosen as All-Americans, 25 all-region picks, 69 all-conference selections, and seven GAC Player of the Year honorees.
The 2017 season begins on Aug. 31 as the Reddies travel to Searcy to face defending GAC champion Harding with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.