STATESBORO, Ga. - Antonio Henton (Fort Valley/Peach County) earned his first-ever Southern Conference weekly award as he was named 'Offensive Player of the Week' on Monday (Sept. 15). Georgia Southern's sophomore quarterback helped orchestrate a 34-27 overtime win last weekend over Northeastern.
Henton accounted for all five touchdowns (career-highs of three rushing and two passing) in the Eagles' (2-1 overall) first overtime win since defeating the Huskies to start the 2005 campaign. It was also Chris Hatcher's first-ever OT win in six attempts during his nine years as a head coach.
The sophomore quarterback completed 16-of-27 passes for 298 yards, the fifth-highest passing yardage total in program history. He also registered 43 rushing yards.
Henton threw a 65-yard touchdown pass with just over a minute remaining in regulation to tie the game, then on the second play in overtime recorded a 25-yard touchdown run that proved to be the game-winner.
He now leads the SoCon and is tied for sixth nationally in points responsible for (18.0 ppg). He is 29th nationally in passing efficiency (138.54), 39th in total offense (207.0) and 21st in scoring (10 ppg).
The 14th-ranked Eagles (FCS coaches poll/16th Sports Network) will play host to Elon this Saturday (Sept. 20) in the league opener for both programs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Paulson Stadium and the game will be televised live on CSS.