The only word to describe Cru football this season is dominating.
The team has won every game but one, and now to top off an almost perfect season, the Cru will compete for the NCAA Division III Conference champion title.
On average, the Cru put up 39 points while the opponent put up a mere 14. The rushing yardage almost flattens the passing yards by 3,137 rushing to 1,773 passing.
With all of the amazing plays and statistics that come from the team, Coach Pete Fredenburg is happy about how the season has played out, especially with the win over our university’s arch rival.
“We are excited to be in the play-offs and be one of the 16 best teams in America,” he said. “The hardest thing was facing a very tough rival who works very hard to beat us. We are very excited to prevail over Hardin-Simmons in a very hard battle. (We) look forward to our next opponent.”
Each player has put every effort into what they did this season thus far, but key players stick out. Senior quarterback Josh Saenz attempted 118 passes and gained the Cru a total of 671 yards. He also had eight touchdown passes.
Sophomore defensive end, Eric Forward, believes the team is great because of the group of guys that play.
“I think the best part is just getting to know the teammates better,” Forward said. “We really have a great group of guys. We just have to take one step at a time and make sure we stay focused and keep getting better each time we step out onto the field.”
Every time a game is played at Tiger Field, the home side and Couch Cru section of the stadium turns into a sea of purple and gold. The Crusader fans are a dedicated bunch who always hopes for the best of their team.
“I go to every game that I possibly can because I love to support our boys,” sophomore nursing major Robyn Caldwell said. “I have to go to every game.”
“Football is such a huge sport in Texas. It just makes it better that we go to a winning school,” she said.
The Cru advanced to the NCAA semi-final round and will be battling the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the same team who beat UMHB last season in the quarterfinal round. The winner of that game will advance to the NCAA Championship game in the Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va.
This upcoming Saturday, Dec. 13, UMHB will host the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawkls at Tiger Stadium. Kick-off will be at noon.
Fredenburg’s goal of winning the Stagg Bowl championship has not become a reality yet, but he hopes to finally clench the title this season as he continues to train and prepare the team for their future games.
“Our players work very hard and put a lot of effort into this team,” he said. “It would be very rewarding for them to have the opportunity to play in the Stagg Bowl and win.”