One of the most important things about Homecoming is the big football game. This past weekend, UMHB faced off against its nationally nineteenth ranked opponent, Louisiana College. To most people’s excitement, the Cru rolled to a 36-10 victory.
Senior business major Stacy Hillin was excited about the outcome.
“It was a really close call, but they did really well. When I arrived at the game, they were losing 10-0, so I was a little scared, but we were able to stop Louisiana after the first quarter. I’m so proud of our team.”
So far this season, UMHB is 4-0 overall and has a 3-0 mark in the American Southwest Conference. Not only does the team lead the all-time series 11-0, but the Cru has won 23 consecutive regular season home games.
Junior exercise and sport science major offensive lineman Rudy Nerio said, “We’ve done really well overall. But, with the talent we have, I know we can do even better.”
The games have been pretty close so far, but senior sport management major and linebacker Javicz Jones said, “We’ve had a lot of close ball games which I think makes us play much better as a team.”
Compared to last season, the team is considerably different. Leadership roles have passed on to others since the 2010-2011 seniors graduated.
Junior exercise and sport science major and wide receiver Geoffrey Myles said, “This season we have a lot more athletes and multiple weapons on both sides of the ball. The team is definitely improving every day.”
To get the players motivated and prepared, Head Coach Pete Fredenburg and his three assistant coaches and two coordinators run the team through a variety of practices.
Fredenburg said, “Daily practice is very demanding, and we practice with great tempo and effort so that our players will look forward to the games because they have been prepared so well.”
The team describes practice as “hot”, “intense” and “fast.” Myles said, “A daily football practice consists of stretching, special teams, individual drills by position, hitting drills and offense against defense.”
Practice usually lasts three hours Tuesday through Thursday. Not only does the team spend hours practicing and running drills, but they watch videos as well. They are used so players can study what they’re doing wrong or what they need to work on.
Nerio said, “We watch film so we can critique what we do and see how we can fix things. The coaches are perfectionists, which is a good thing. Every detail is captured in the film so we can study it. They don’t want us to be just average, but to reach our full potential.”
Team members have a good connection with each other. Fredenburg said, “The teams’ biggest asset is the relationships that exist between the players themselves.” Team members usually have a group dinner Thursday nights and describe each other as “family.”
For the future, the team expects to go far.
Jones said, “As long as we keep working as hard as we are, the sky’s the limit.”
The Cru will travel to Clinton, Miss. on Oct. 8 for a 6 p.m. kickoff.