With approximately 1,100 in attendance at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, the Crusader football team rolled over the Indians, 46-0. The Cru is 3-0 overall and 2-0 in division play.
Both the offensive and defensive teams contributed to the Sept. 27 game.
On the opening possession, UMHB took the ball 62 yards in six plays, ending with a touchdown, giving the Cru a 24-0 game lead. After a 10-yard toss from senior quarterback Josh Saenz to sophomore wide receiver Brian Scott, all of the points were scored in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, sophomore tailback Matt Hurst scored two touchdowns. The Cru’s halftime lead was 39-0.
Head coach for nine years, Coach Pete Fredenburg has an overall record of 75-25, he is proud of what the team has accomplished over the years, including this season.
“We want to improve each week and see where that takes us,” he said. “We always have high expectations.”
The team’s hopes were met at Saturday’s game.
A mile stone marker was also crossed as Josh Saenz threw a total of 214 yards making UMHB history as the third person to pass more than 200 yards in a single game. Past record holders are Cody Fredenburg and Orlando Garza.
Sophomore wide receiver Aerttrail Robinson believes it is more than just the players contributing to the dominating Cru football team.
“Both our coaches and our athletes are very good,” he said.
“The coaches are very prepared every week, and the players have to be great learners and athletes.”
The Crusaders overall statistics for the game turned out to be supreme. Saenz attempted 18 passes, completing 10 of them. Of those successful passes, a total of 214 yards and three touchdowns proved to be successful.
Junior wide receiver Pi’Dadro Davis caught two touchdowns and had 106 yards, earning him the honor of having two straight games of running more than 100 yards. The football team’s total offensive yards turned out to be 375 while 236 of those came from passes.
On the defensive side of the game, sophomore defensive back Ben Beckworth and sophomore defensive back Shawn Prettyman each had six defensive tackles.
Sophomore No.48 Eric Forward believes that teamwork is how they win games.
“Obviously the players are a big part of if we win or lose,” he said. “But also the coaches help and especially the fans. All of these play a huge effect on the outcome.”
Saturday, Oct. 4, will show a test of who has the better team this season, when the Crusaders host their arch rivals—the so far undefeated Hardin-Simmons University. The Cowboys are ranked 24th in the Division three poll. Both teams haven’t lost a game this season, but UMHB is ranked thrid. Kickoff is scheduled at Belton High School at 2 p.m.