Cru rings Belhaven 45-7

Cornerback Kris Brown picks off the Belhaven quarterback before returning it 40 yards to the house Saturday, Oct. 21 at Crusader Stadium. This pick-6 was his third of the season.
Photo by Madeline Oden/ The Bells

The undefeated Cru gave fans a treat for homecoming, handily defeating the Belhaven Blazers 45-7. UMHB improved to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in ASC play. UMHB dominated on both sides of the football: the offense exploited personnel mismatches to score seemingly at will, and the defense ground out a near-perfect game.
After a solid first quarter, in which running back Byron Proctor rumbled for a 34-yard score and kicker John Mowrey added the extra point and a field goal, the Cru offense took it up a notch, racking up 28 more points in the second quarter.
After a 3-and-out from the Cru defense, quarterback Kyle Jones led the offense on a 43-yard drive, capping it off with a perfect pass to receiver TJ Josey for a 38-yard touchdown with 12 minutes to go in the quarter. Jones had targeted Josey on a similar route on the opening drive of the game, but Josey came up short with a rare drop in the end zone. After the game, Josey shared some insight on bouncing back and making the second-quarter play.
“I was upset with myself,” Josey said. “But you’ve got to have amnesia; you can’t let it affect you. You have to forget about it and go out and make the next play.” Josey did exactly that.
After the defense forced a turnover on downs, Jones began his second drive of the second quarter. He led the Cru to the Belhaven 23-yard line, but there was shaken up.
“I moved up in the pocket and their guy hit me right in the chin,” Jones said after Saturday’s win. “I was a little dizzy, but I’m feeling better now.”
Quarterback Carl Robinson III entered the game in relief and scored on his first snap of the quarter, cooly hitting receiver Bryce Wilkerson with a bullet to put the Cru up 24-0.
Wilkerson had an explanation for the immediate touchdown.
“Carl and I have been putting in extra work after practice,” Wilkerson said. “I got around the linebacker who had been jamming me at the line, and Carl saw me, and I scored.”
The third touchdown of the Cru’s monstrous second quarter came at the hands of cornerback Kris Brown. Brown recorded his third pick-six of the season, returning the interception 40 yards for a score with six minutes left in the half. Brown continued his dominant play, also logging four tackles and a pass deflection.
After defensive end Khevon Shepard recovered a fumble forced by linebacker Tevin Jones, Robinson III led the Cru into the red zone, setting up running back Olan Vining for the team’s fourth touchdown of the second quarter with 3:35 remaining.
The Blazers made a last-minute drive into the Crusader red zone, only to fall short on fourth down because of UMHB’s spirited defensive play. The score at the half was UMHB 38, Belhaven University 0.
UMHB and Belhaven each scored one second-half touchdown.
UMHB’s last trip to the end zone came in the final seconds of the third quarter, when Robinson III ran a keeper in from 6 yards out.
Belhaven finally got on the board with 10:14 to go in the fourth quarter after a grueling 65-yard drive set up a 5-yard touchdown pass, setting the final score at UMHB 45, Belhaven 7. This was UMHB’s lone lapse in total defensive dominance.
Kicker John Mowery went a perfect 6/6 on extra point tries in the game.
Nobody was more satisfied with the homecoming win than head coach Pete Fredenburg.
“It was awesome to have all the alumni back and see us win the game,” Fredenburg said.
Next Saturday, the Cru will face McMurry University at 2:00 PM in Abilene, and looks to extend their winning streak to 23 consecutive wins.

Author: Bells SocialEditor

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