The 2011 Mercy Battle of the Ravine turned out to be one of the most memorable in the oldest rivalry in NCAA Division II football.
Henderson State stopped Ouachita Baptist just inches from the goal line as time ran out to win 41-36 on Nov. 12 at A.U. Williams Stadium in Arkadelphia. Ouachita Baptist rallied from 41-17 down at the start of the fourth quarter to nearly pull off a miraculous victory.
With 0.6 seconds left, Ouachita Baptist had the ball at the Henderson State 1 yard line with one more play to run. After the play, both benches initially celebrated, thinking their side had won the game. But the game officials marked the ball down outside the goal line and the Henderson State celebration continued.
St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System was the presenting sponsor of the event. The game’s ceremonial coin toss was held earlier in the week at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center. The Mercy tent at the pregame tailgate party featured Reddie Dogs and Tiger Burgers in preparation for the game.
Mercy co-workers threw out Battle of the Ravine t-shirts and mini footballs to the crowd during the game. And at halftime, students from Ouachita Baptist defeated students from Henderson State in a uniform relay race.
St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center is the region’s most preferred provider of health care services. It is the only Level II Trauma Center in Southwest Arkansas.