Crusaders bring ASC title home
Apr13

Crusaders bring ASC title home

By C.J. Halloran Staff Writer Running back Kenneth Cormier, Jr., in the championship game with Hardin-Simmons in Abilene on March 27. Photo courtesy of AMZImages. In a year where nothing has felt familiar, one thing remained consistent, and that is The Cru’s dominance of the American Southwest Conference on the gridiron. Case in point:  the Cru made huge plays on both sides of the ball at the end of the game with Hardin-Simmons University to hold off and defeat HSU, with a score of 23-15 for the ASC Championship. The stage was set for the Cru coming into the Championship game in Abilene on Saturday, March 27. According to the only media that has been ranking Division Three Football this year, Jay Sports Network, UMHB and Hardin-Simmons were batting for the number one spot in all of D3, prior to their game, on top of an ASC Championship. Wide receiver Brenton Martin runs with the ball toward the end zone In the Championship game with Hardin-Simmons at Abilene on March 27, 2021. Photo courtesy of AMZImages. When championship day came, the Cru started strong, as a blocked kick and 43-yard reception by Kadarius Daniels set up a 3- yard touchdown run by Cru QB Kyle King. Both teams were held scoreless the rest of the quarter, and UMHB Kicker Brandon Cunningham pulled off two field goals before the half, giving the Cru a 13-0 lead going into the second half. That second half saw much more action, as Hardin-Simmons’ Mark Reed threw for a touchdown on the first possession of the half. After another Cunningham field goal, the Cru forced a punt and drove down the field, capping off the drive with a sneaky trick play that saw wide receiver Brenton Martin make a 7-yard pass to Gary Ruckman. Defensive back Jayden Smith tackles a Cowboy In the Championship game with Hardin-Simmons at Abilene on March 27, 2021. Photo courtesy of AMZImages. Hardin-Simmons attempted to battle back with a 4-yard touchdown run by Myles Featherston, but the Cru defense had them shut down. A Drake Johnson interception to end one possession, followed by a lock-down performance by the Cru defense to force four straight incompletions. Their very next possession shut out any hopes of Hardin-Simmons winning the Championship. The Cru rushing game dominated the Hardin Simmons defense as Kenneth Cormier, Jr., Kyle King and Montana Miller combined for 231 yards on the ground, setting up nearly every scoring opportunity the Cru had. King also showed his prowess in the air, throwing for 148 yards. Kadarius Daniels showed out in his final game as a Crusader, receiving the ball three...

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UMHB football takes the game from Louisiana College
Mar20

UMHB football takes the game from Louisiana College

It was a good competition but the Crusaders came away with the win against Louisiana College Saturday, March 20. The final score was 65-20. The referee hurries to get out of the way as quarterback Tommy Bowden runs by him to the end zone for a touchdown in the game with Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium Saturday, March 20. Louisiana Wildcats Logan Bremmer, at left background, and Daylon Charles, at left foreground, could only watch. Courtesy Photos The CRU’s running back Kenneth Cormier soars over a Louisiana Wildcat during the game with Louisiana College Saturday, March 20 at Crusader Stadium. UMHB’s wide receiver Kadarius Daniels, at far right, watches Cormier jump over Louisiana College’s defensive back Brandon Isaac, with Isaac’s teammate, linebacker Julius Johnson at center, also looking up at Cormier. The CRU’s cheer team supports the Crusaders in their game with Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, March 20. Wildcat running back Devin Briscoe is taken down by three Crusaders during the game with Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium Saturday, March 20. The Sader Bells performed at half time at the game between UMHB and Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, March 20. The CRU’s defensive back Jefferson Fritz fights for the ball with Louisiana College’s tight end Jacob Ganote over him in the game at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, March 20. Crusader corner back Keith Gipson assists at left foreground against Wildcat defensive lineman Micah Latin. Crusader and defensive back Drake Johnson has the ball but he eventually gets taken down by Wildcat defensive back Keyante Jett in the game with Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium Saturday, March 20. UMHB’s defensive back Drake Johnson toughs it out against Wildcat defensive back Brandon Isaac during the game with Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium Saturday, March...

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UMHB Crusaders overtake Southwestern University Pirates
Mar13

UMHB Crusaders overtake Southwestern University Pirates

By Bells Staff The UMHB Crusaders overtook Southwestern University’s Pirates in their Homecoming football game Saturday, Feb. 27. The game started off with rain but ended well for the Crusaders. The final score was 52-7, UMHB. The CRU football team gets ready to walk out onto the rainy field for their game with Southwestern University Feb. 27 at Crusader Stadium. The weather cleared as the first half got under way and the final score was 52-7, UMHB.Photo by C.J. Halloran/The Bells The CRU’s supporters at the game with Southwestern University Feb. 27 at Crusader Stadium. The final score was 52-7, UMHB.Photo by C.J. Halloran/The Bells Quarterback Tommy Bowden runs up against the Pirates in the CRU’s game with Southwestern University Feb. 27 at Crusader Stadium. The final score was 52-7, UMHB.Photo by C.J. Halloran/The Bells UMHB’s wide receiver Brandon Jordan makes the catch in the game with Southwestern at Crusader Stadium on Feb. 27. Pirate Jules Williams tries to interfere. The final score was 52-7, UMHB. Courtesy Photo Senior and wide receiver Brenton Martin looks back at the referee to see him making the sign for a touchdown just after Martin caught the ball in the end zone, in the game with Southwestern at Crusader Stadium on Feb. 27. Courtesy Photo Montana Miller hurls through some Southwestern players as he tries to get closer to the goal line in the Homecoming game with Southwestern at Crusader Stadium on Feb. 27. Courtesy Photo The CRU’s quarterback Tommy Bowden runs into some Pirates during the Feb. 27 Homecoming game with Southwestern at Crusader Stadium. Courtesy Photo The Crusaders’ wide receiver Romello Cook is tackled by Southwestern players as he tries to get the ball across another touchdown in the game Feb. 27 at Crusader Stadium. The final score was 52-7, UMHB.Courtesy Photo Cheerleader Sydney Enos shows some spirit during the game with Southwestern University on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Crusader Stadium. Courtesy...

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Football team finds good results in practice and extra long wait for start of playing season
Mar01

Football team finds good results in practice and extra long wait for start of playing season

By C.J. Halloran Staff Writer Senior wide receiver Jaylan Jenkins connects with quarterback Kyle King during practice on Thursday. Photo by C.J. Halloran/The Bells After 427 days of being starved of UMHB football, CRU football fans were finally allowed to eat again on Feb. 6, as The Crusaders traveled to Mississippi to face Belhaven University.  The Crusaders arrived in Belhaven looking to extinguish any doubts of whether such a long break would affect their play or not. The CRU came out strong in the first quarter, opening their score with a 37-yard-run from quarterback Tommy Bowden. The CRU didn’t let up in the first quarter either, thanks to a fumble recovery-turned-touchdown by linebacker Glen Thornton. Tommy Bowden throws a screen pass as the offensive line buys him as much time as he needs during practice in January. Photo by C.J. Halloran/The Bells The second quarter was much of the same for the CRU, as they put 13 more points on the board, thanks to two touchdown passes from Bowden to Kad Daniels. The Crusader’s defense remained impregnable as well, holding Belhaven’s offense back at our 2-yard line to keep them from scoring in the first half. The second half began much like the first and saw Tommy Bowden run for one more touchdown late in the third quarter before being substituted for Kyle King. King also got on the score sheet, connecting with Brenton Martin for a beautiful 35-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.  Junior wide receiver  Romello Cook leaps for a catch as he prepares for his first game as a Crusader against Belhaven University. Photo by C.J. Halloran/The Bells Though the Crusaders as a whole shone on their first game back, the star of the game was undoubtedly Tommy Bowden. After spending his freshman year playing backup to Jace Hammack, the quarterback who led UMHB to their 2018 title, Bowden stepped up in his first ever collegiate start. The sophomore threw for 104 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two more touchdowns. Historically, the CRU has dominated Belhaven every time they’ve played, holding a 4-0 record against the Blazers and outscoring them 190-47, prior to the game Feb. 6. The CRU had been practicing with a certain excitement not seen on campus in months. Though their fall season was postponed, the football team took no time off. The entire fall break they practiced and watched film from last season, looking to improve. Still, given that the team hadnot played a game since December of 2019, the fall practices seemed endless. The energy of the team was high, however. Though the season is finally back, it is...

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Women’s basketball second half rally not enough against Hardin Simmons
Mar01

Women’s basketball second half rally not enough against Hardin Simmons

A Sader Bells member cheers on her team with the Crusader hand sign during the UMHB women’s basketball with Belhaven Jan 16, 2021. Photo by C.J. Halloran/The Bells By C.J. Halloran Staff Writer The CRU women’s Basketball team fell to Hardin-Simmons University 71-64 in a hard-fought game on Saturday, Jan. 30. The CRU started the game on the back foot with the Cowgirls opening up with a 13-4 run. CRU’s graduate student point guard Taylor Kollmorgen looks for quick options as she saves a ball from falling out of bounds. Photo by CJ Halloran The Cowgirls didn’t let up either, continuing to lengthen their lead to as many as 13 points before the first half came to a close. The Crusaders stormed back to tie the game in the third quarter, thanks to a 17-7 run capped off by leading scorer Olivia Champion. Unfortunately for the CRU, they were unable to carry their newfound momentum into the fourth quarter. Junior Guard Alexia Martin shouts Instructions as the CRU dominates McMurry University. Photo by CJ Halloran Hardin-Simmons battled back with a 10-2 run at the beginning of the fourth quarter and brought their lead back to ten points. That proved enough to hold the CRU at bay, taking them to a 71-64 defeat. Champion was the joint leading scorer for the team, scoring 13 off the bench, which tied with the other leading scorer, Bethany McLeod. Sophomore Hannah Eggleston also put up 10 points for the team. Sophomore Forward Olivia Champion Puts Up a Layup as McMurry’s Sydney McHenry and her teammate do their best to shut her down.  Photo by CJ Halloran The CRU next faced an away streak against Sul Ross University and Howard...

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Men’s Basketball hit good stride as the CRU took first games of season
Mar01

Men’s Basketball hit good stride as the CRU took first games of season

CRU Steamrolls Hardin-Simmons for sixth straight victory By C.J. Halloran Staff Writer Josiah Johnson draws a foul from Belhaven’s Rian Shields to extend UMHB’s lead against Belhaven University. Johnson has made more free throws than anyone in Division III this Season and is second in free throws in all divisions. Photo by C.J. Halloran/The Bells When asked about the ASC’s  (American Southwest Conference) new rule of basing tournament qualifiers on win percentage instead of overall wins, Coach Clif Carroll was straight forward.  “It is what it is, but if you win them all, then they’re not gonna keep you out of the tournament,” Carroll said. “If you win them all, you’re gonna be champion. It sounds crazy, but that’s the goal for this team.” Though every coach aims for his team to go undefeated, Coach Carroll took that mindset seriously and has coached the Crusaders to six victories in a row. Their victory came by way of a dominating 91-65 performance against Hardin-Simmons on Saturday, Jan. 30. One of the main arguments that critics of the CRU expressed was based on the team’s slow start, but the Crusaders shut that critique down against Hardin Simmons. UMHB opened the game on a 16-2 run that gave them a lead that did not change hands for the entirety of the game. The CRU absolutely dominated the offensive side of the ball, shooting 56% as a team.  Josiah Johnson continued his hot streak, scoring 34 points and picking up 12 rebounds, while 6’5” guard Ty Prince also picked up a double-double, scoring 22 points with 12 rebounds. The Crusaders showed out on the defensive end of the ball as well, holding the Cowboys to 34% shooting and 22 turnovers. Though one would imagine the team and Coach Carroll to be ecstatic after such a huge victory, they were all business. Coach Carroll went so far as to say he was unhappy with the CRU’s second half. “Today, we relaxed,” Coach Carroll said. “We lost our focus [in the second half]… I would rather us keep two feet on the ground and two hands on the ball [as opposed to some especially acrobatic passing from the CRU in the second half]. “Acrobatic turns into 27 turnovers… you can’t win championships turning it over 27 times,” Carroll said. Though the comments may seem harsh with such a dominant victory, the team shares this mentality and with it comes a hunger that can’t be quenched by any individual victory. The Crusaders have their eyes on one goal: the championship, and they refuse to let anyone get in their way. Sophomore guard Kyle Wright looks for...

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