Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Hardin-Simmons

By Claire Henry
Contributing Writer

It was a dark and stormy night in Belton, Texas on Saturday Oct. 6. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) was playing their rival, Hardin Simmons University (HSU). After an hour and a forty-five-minute lightning delay, the game eventually started and within the first couple of minutes, UMHB made their first touchdown with DeNerian Thomas scoring. In the same quarter, Thomas scored again, making it 13-0 until halftime.
Starting off the second quarter, Jase Hammack scored against HSU, bringing the score up to 20-0. Thomas scored again in the final quarter, finalizing the score at 26-0. The stands were packed with purple and gold, for both sides during this rainy, rivalry game.
Reggie Cole, senior management and marketing major, plays corner and is one of the team captains this year. Cole has played for UMHB for four years.
“Being a freshman coming in, you have to learn how the system works and you learn from the seniors that are above you,” Cole said. “They motivate you and help pull the team together. It’s now my job to teach the freshman and help motivate them to succeed. I have to encourage them and not put them down. Got to have enthusiasm and stay loud.”
The game against HSU was an important one, so the team had to be on point together. “We played well as a team and even with the delay we came out strong,” Cole said. “We kind of had a chip on our shoulder because the Abilene Reporter-News said that HSU was going to beat us, so we had to prove them wrong. Also there were so many alumni there, that we wanted to impress them.”
Cole said there were some things that the team needs to improve on.
“We need to improve on the little things like our running, our effort in the game, mental mistakes, and then football mechanic, which is where we watch the tapes back to figure out our mistakes.”
UMHB is a nationally ranked team and with that title comes a lot of pressure. Cole had some predictions for the rest of the season.
“I think we will go to the Championship again,” Cole said. “This was the hardest game because of the rivalry. So after this, we just need to fix a few things. But I have high hopes for my team.”

Author: Claire Henry

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