UMHB Homecoming Game was a nail-biter against HSU Cowboys

By Jaykwon Thompson

Editor in Chief

The Crusaders started out a little slow in their Homecoming game with the HSU Cowboys, but picked up speed by the second half to win the game.
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Hardin-Simmons University receives the ball on their 21-yard line at UMHB’s Homecoming game at Crusader Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 25. The HSU Cowboys gain momentum at the start, as their quarterback Kyle Jones throws for 20 yards. He set the tone as he continued driving up the field using a dynamic passing and rushing game. King even evaded two defenders who broke the pocket, throwing to his open receiver for a positive gain. This all came to a head where backup quarterback Gaylon Glynn rushed for a touchdown with a good PAT to boot; the score would now be 0 -7 in favor of the HSU Cowboys.

The Crusaders would gain possession and find that they would not have to work that hard, as the Cowboys would continuously commit penalties that would move the CRU upfield. This would put the CRU in a prime position to score as Crusader quarterback Kyle King would throw to wide receiver K.J Miller in the corner of the end-zone for a touchdown. The score would now be even 7-7.

The Crusaders would once again receive the ball as HSU faced fourth down, being forced to punt. Kyle King would throw to his receiver Brandon Jordan for a first down. However, the drive would be put to a halt as the HSU Cowboys managed to strip King of the ball when he ran for a QB keeper. HSU would recover and gain the ball back on their own 21-yard line. The Cowboy’s running back Kolby Youngblood would rush for a touchdown making the score 7-14.

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During Crusader possession, they would once again fumble the ball into the hands of the HSU Cowboys, who would play on the CRU’s 24-yard line and then immediately score. Kyle jones would throw to Kevin Evans for a touchdown and the score came to 7-21 at the start of the second quarter. Hardin-Simmons would once again find the end zone as running back Myles Featherston would run 57 yards for a touchdown; the score 7-28. The last time UMHB trailed by this much was in 2004 against Hardin-Simmons.

After halftime, the CRU received the ball and would drive down the field, where Kyle King would cap off the drive with a touchdown pass to Brandon Jordan in the end-zone. The CRU would endeavor to close the deficit, as the score would now be 14-28. UMHB’s defense would stand firm against Hardin-Simmons’ offense. A stuff and sack would force the Cowboys to face 3rd and 15, where after an incomplete pass, the Cowboys would be forced to punt downfield, where the Cru would start on the opposing 31-yard line. The CRU would cap off the drive with Kyle King throwing to Connor Mullins for a touchdown. The score is now 21-28.

The Crusader’s defense crushed the Cowboy’s offense, resulting in the latter being forced to punt. The Crusaders would once again drive downfield with a fantastic throw to Brandon Jordan for a considerable gain, setting them up to tie the game as Kyle King would throw to Cade Bell for a touchdown. The score now tied 28-28 with two minutes left in the third quarter.

At the start of the fourth quarter, the Crusader defense again did its job and forced the Cowboys to punt. The Crusaders would receive again on their 20-yard line. The Crusaders would drive downfield to the opposing 35-yard line, only to be stopped on 4th and 1, a turnover on downs where the Hardin-Simmons Cowboy’s offense would take over. However, the defense would hold firm and once again force the Cowboys to punt. The Crusader offense would capitalize as they would drive downfield, where Kyle King would throw to Brandon Jordan for a touchdown. The score was now 34-28.

The end of the game would then come at the hands of Jayden Smith, who would intercept the ball.


The Homecoming football game, Sept. 25, 2021. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor against Hardin Simmons University.

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