Crusaders defend title against Texas Lutheran
Nov26

Crusaders defend title against Texas Lutheran

  By Sterling Dube Editor in Chief and Jaykwon Thompson Contributing Writer   The atmosphere at Crusader Stadium on Nov. 9 was electric as the stands were filled with fans ready to see the final home game of the regular season get underway. The captains for the game: Jonel Reed, Keith Gipson, Joey Longoria and Jefferson Fritz  won the coin toss and gave the first possession to Texas Lutheran. As if it was a precursor to the slaughter that would happen throughout the game, the Bulldogs’ return team bobbled the ball and barely recovered it for a small gain. This slowed down any momentum that the Bulldogs had at the start of the game and resulted in a quick punting situation. The Crusader offense was off to a very early start and got the football down to the Bulldogs’ 20 yard-line. However, two consecutive false starts quickly killed any chances of an early touchdown for UMHB. Kicker Anthony Avila completed an impressive field goal in an attempt to salvage the drive. The score was UMHB, 3, Texas Lutheran, 0. While the Crusader defense prevented the Bulldogs from ever having any real momentum, it did not mean that they had an easy time. There were many plays when the Bulldogs’ quarterback, Wade Freeman, forced the defense on a wild goose chance in the back field. He was often dodging and breaking tackles for 10 seconds at a time before either scrambling the ball himself or throwing a quick pass for a gain of a couple of yards. Defensive end Khevon Shepard was one of the only people who could say they sacked the elusive QB. After getting the ball back from Texas Lutheran, the Crusaders did what they do best. They battered the Bulldog’s defense until an opening was made. Running back Marquis Duncan used that opening in the defense to run into the endzone for UMHB’s first touchdown of the day, increasing the Crusaders’ early lead 10-0 after a successful field goal (PAT). Any attempt for the Bulldogs to retaliate to the touchdown in the second quarter were snuffed completely when a 4-yard sack followed by a key interception by defensive back Jefferson Fritz killed the Bulldogs’ offensive momentum for the rest of the game. From their now advantageous field position, the Crusader offensive, led by QB Jace Hammack easily got back into the endzone with a touchdown pass to WR Jonel Reed. After a successful PAT, the score was 17-0. The half continued at a snail’s pace with neither team getting the upper hand.  The Cru eventually got within field goal range and managed to snag an additional...

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UMHB destroys Albright in season opener
Sep14

UMHB destroys Albright in season opener

Fireworks exploded in the dark night’s sky at the conclusion of the football program’s season opener here at Crusader Stadium. The Crusaders celebrated their 56 – 15 win over Albright, after they made it clear that was their intent in the second half.  This was the second time that UMHB played Albright in football and it was the second consecutive win against them, with last year’s game being an astonishing 91-7 slaughter. While the differences in the score between these two games shows the effects of losing several key players to graduation, it was clear that many players stepped up to the challenge. Quarterback Ryan Redding, defensive tackle Joey Longoria, wide receiver Michael Stimpson, and running back Tye Hill are just a small handful of examples of Crusaders that stood up to the challenge of leadership within the team. The game started off with the Lions winning the coin toss and deciding to receive the ball first. After the Lion’s first several charges against the Crusader defensive line, the Lions punted on 4th down, where the Crusaders called fair catch at their own 46 yard-line.  CRU quarterback Ryan Redding led a mixed ground and air assault that was spearheaded by both wide receivers Michael Stimpson and Ernest Musue. The drive concluded with Stimpson dealing the first blow to the Lions with his first touchdown of the season. The ball changed hands many times after this with neither defense stepping down. However, this changed when Albright’s quarterback Jimmy Lahay threw a bullet of a pass that was intercepted by defensive back Drake Johnson, who then ran the ball all the way to the Lion’s 23rd-yard line. From there Redding took matters into his own hands and scrambled right and through a hole that was opened up by the offensive linemen for the second Crusader touchdown of the game. After a second successful point after touchdown by kicker Anthony Avila, the score was 14-0, Crusaders. After receiving possession of the ball from the kickoff, Jimmy Lahay lead his offensive team back onto the field to try and chip away at the deficit. After he completed successful passes, including a first down pass to wide receiver Zack Miller that was literally caught right above his shoelaces, Lahay threw another pass that was once again intercepted by defensive back Drake Johnson. This led to a Crusaders’ ball on the Lion’s 34 yard-line. While the Crusader offense could not score one more touchdown before the conclusion of the first quarter, kicker Anthony Avila made an impressive 40-yard field goal and took the score to 17-0. The first half of the second quarter was a...

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