Football tackles important victory against Howard-Payne

Crusader football is still on the path to clinching the victory of the American Southwest Conference tournament, with a dominating win over Howard Payne University last weekend.

The Cru beat the Yellow Jackets 45-7, improving their overall record to 8-1 and 6-1 for the ASC. With only one game left in regular season play next weekend against Sul Ross University, the players are beginning to think about post season.

Receiver Pi’Dadro Davis understands at this point that the team has come together and really is a great team.

“We will be a good contender,” he said. “Hopefully, we will win the whole thing. I truly think this is our year.”

Davis caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Noack, taking the lead in the first quarter to 21-0.

Noack is also someone who knows what the team is capable of.

“Overall, we’ve had a good season. We lost which is unusual for us, but we have persevered and done good,” he said.

“We just have to take care of what we can control right now. We have Sul Ross this upcoming game, then we can think about the ASC tournament.”

Running back Bryson Tucker made the first two touchdowns for the Cru. Tucker finished the game running 119 yards and receiving three of the touchdowns.

Along with the explosive plays from quarterbacks, receivers and running backs, the defense for the Cru contributed equally to the win this past weekend. They only allowed the Yellow Jackets to gain 206 yards, and they also forced three turnovers.

Despite the fact that most members of the team don’t want to think about the ASC tournament right now, some are. Receiver Desmond Mays wants to see the Stagg Bowl.

“I want to make it to Salem, Va.,” he said. “I’ve never been to the state of Virginia and would love (the Stagg Bowl) to be the reason why I’m there.”

The Crusaders play their last home game Saturday Nov. 14 against Sul Ross University. With a win against The Lobos, the Cru will have a nearly perfect season of 9-1. With that statistic, the football team will be bound for the playoffs.

Author: Stacy Fannin

Stacy Fannin is a junior mass communication/journalism major and is the sports editor for the newspaper. She is from Cedar Park, Texas, where she lives with her mom, little sister and adorable cat, Dusty. Stacy enjoys being with family and friends. Some of her favorite things are chocolate, Dr. Pepper, the Green Bay Packers, Texas and England. Stacy enjoys eating junk food, being around family and friends (and her cat), and talking on her phone named Jeffrey. She is a huge fan of Dr. Pepper, chocolate and of course, the Green Bay Packers!

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