Crusader Football Advances to NCAA Semifinals

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders moved past the Wheaton College Thunder on the strength of a few big plays in Crusader Stadium on Saturday. The Cru football team was unable to move the ball on offense the way they usually do. The nation’s top scoring offense, the Cru, has averaged 52.2 offensive points per game this season. The offense was held to just 24 points on Saturday. But they were still able to come away with a 38-16 victory. The game got off to a slow start early as both teams seemed to be affected by the weather in this one. A cold and rainy first quarter ended without a score from either team. The Thunder got the scoring started five seconds into the second quarter with a 42-yard field goal. After a Cru interception by senior defensive back Baylor Mullins, senior quarterback Blake Jackson was finally able to put the Cru on the board with a 4-yard scamper into the end zone. The score gave the Cru a 7-3 lead with eight minutes left in the half. Then, with 1:12 left, sophomore linebacker Tevin Jones tipped an errant pass up to himself and came down with another UMHB interception. The turnover led to more points for the Cru, as the offense held the ball for 12 plays on six minutes to add a 20-yard field goal to extend its lead to 10-3. They left just 20 seconds on the clock for Wheaton before halftime. They elected to take a knee and carry the 7-point deficit to halftime. The second half started with a bang when the Cru defense forced a three-and-out. On the ensuing punt attempt, junior cornerback Reggie Wilson broke through the line and blocked the punt, the ball bounced all the way back into the end zone where it was recovered by Baylor Mullins for a Crusader touchdown. The Wheaton offense was able to bounce back and score a touchdown on its next drive, but the Cru special teams came up with another big play, blocking the extra point attempt to hold the Thunder to six points. After the two great special teams plays, the score rested at 17-9 in favor of UMHB. Later in the third quarter, the UMHB defense showed its big-play ability when sophomore cornerback Raylon Hickey intercepted a pass and ran it back 32 yards for a touchdown. Then after a Wheaton touchdown, the Cru offense provided a big play of its own. Jackson threw a pass deep downfield and hit junior wide receiver Bryce Wilkerson for an 80-yard touchdown to...

Read More

Crusader athletics programs prepare for Spring sports season

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells As Cru football heads into another playoff game, sports fans are hopeful for a championship win and ready to watch other Cru sports teams take the field and the court when the spring semester arrives. From baseball and softball to tennis to golf to basketball, sports fans can expect teams that will represent them well Cru Baseball and Softball kick off their seasons this coming February. They play various teams throughout their season, which commences in February and finishes up in April. Having already started their seasons, women and men’s basketball will continue their season into the spring, ending their regular season games in February. Our women’s team leads with a 4-6 record, and our men are right behind with 2-5 record. Both teams are made up mostly of freshmen, which allows for a lot of energy on the court. . And even though the teams are young, they have both proven that they are not easily defeated. The golf team will also start playing again in February after a brief hiatus. Having placed first in two previous tournaments, the team will continue to strive for the best. “I’m excited to see what the rest of the season brings,” said sophomore engineering major, TJ Crenshaw. “Overall, we’ve really grown close. It’s been a bonding experience I won’t likely forget, and I’m excited to see how far we can make it in the upcoming games. Go Golf Cru.” Many students are also preparing to go out and support our teams. “I can’t wait to go support all of the people I know.” Says junior marketing major Kelly Carlin. “I have lots of friends playing in a lot of the spring sports. Sometimes people forget to come out and support these teams, but it’s a great experience and the teams really appreciate it.” Spring sports are on the way, so get ready to go out and support the...

Read More

Intramurals give students chance to play sports, make friends

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells The university is home to impressive team sports. We are one of the best in the nation for Division 3 football and we excel in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. But you don’t have to play at the professional level in order to participate in Cru sports. This fall, there were many intramural sports open to those motivated to play. There are four fall sports – CoRec indoor volleyball (powerdivision and rec division), sand volleyball, flag football (CoRec and men’s 7v7), and soccer. Cody Pryde, a freshman exercise physiology major, played men’s 7v7 for flag football and was a part of the Red Sea Renegades team, who made it to the championship. He also played on the Heart Attackers for CoRec flag football. “My favorite part about participating this year was the competition in the men’s league and the challenge in the coed,” Pryde said. “So many rules in the coed forced you to adapt your game and made every play exciting. In the men’s league, there was a lot of scoring and exciting plays which always makes for a fun time.” While flag football and sand volleyball’s seasons have ended, there are still teams competing against each other in both soccer and CoRec indoor volleyball. Daniel Chiu, a senior education major, is the captain of the Exploding Pineapples, one of the soccer teams. His goal for the Exploding Pineapples is to win the championship. “My favorite part is the team building aspect, and that I am able to play this with most of my friends,” Chiu said. In addition to soccer and indoor volleyball, students had the chance to sign up and participate in a dodgeball tournament Nov. 13. This event was sponsored by Freedom Movement, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking. “Dodge Trafficking is our annual dodgeball tournament where Freedom Movement has the opportunity to reach a demographic of UMHB that we normally don’t cross paths with – athletes,” said Freedom Movement president Haley Wilson, a junior studying international business and Christian studies. “This gives us a chance to connect with them on the heartbreaking issue we’re passionate about— the fight against international and domestic human trafficking. We love to hand out information and talk about our hearts for the fight during the event.” Whether you want to play on a team to have fun, meet new people, or help promote a cause, intramurals are an excellent way to get involved with the community. While it is too late to sign up to play soccer and volleyball this fall, there is always the spring...

Read More

Cru basketball shoots for a successful season of play

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells Run, shoot, score. The Cru men’s basketball team prepares for another successful season under Head Coach Ken DeWeese. The Cru’s first home game will be against Southwestern University this Saturday, Nov. 19, at 4 pm. According to Coach DeWeese, the men practice hard every day to prepare them for this season. “At this particular point we can play and we can play quick,” DeWeese said. “Half court defense is a strength because you can always do that. It’s just based on effort.” DeWeese believes that many factors go into scoring on any given night. “Scoring is based on score, rhythm, how you feel, if there are people in the stands… There are so many factors. That’s one of the fascinating things about the game.” The team has five returning players this year, which Coach DeWeese believes that this is a disadvantage to the team. “We only have five returning players, but have 17 [players in all]. I’d like to have 15 back from last season, but we had a bunch of seniors last year. It’s just one of those things.” One of the returning players, sophomore sports management major Demarius Cress strives to be a leader to his team. “One strength I bring is leadership. Somebody has to be a leader when the coach isn’t watching on and off the court,” he said. DeWeese hopes that the team will not only win at every turn, but work as a cohesive unit. “Our number one goal is to win the next game. Ask any one of our players, we always want to win the next game,” Deweese said. Cress wants the team to continue to improve each game. “We want to accomplish a lot of things, but I know we will take it one day at a...

Read More

Cru football rolls past Louisiana College to earn ASC championship

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells The Crusaders dismantled the 4-5 Louisiana College Wildcats Saturday during a 63-7 victor  to pave the way for their 12th consecutive America Southwest Conference championship. The Cru improves to 10-0 on the season and 6-0 in ASC play, and is now ranked No. 1 in the nation  They entered the game already having clinched a tie of the conference title, all they needed for an outright championship was a Cru win or a Hardin-Simmons loss. The Cru controlled the game from the start, scoring a touchdown on its first drive. Senior quarterback Blake Jackson found junior tight end Carson Embry for a 53-yard score. This was the first of three passing touchdowns by Jackson on the day. His second score came with 6:42 left in the first quarter, when he hit junior receiver Bryce Wilkerson from 44 yards out. At the start of the second quarter, Jackson hit senior receiver Wykeyhe Walker from eight yards out for his third and final touchdown to make it 21-0 Cru. The Wildcats returned fire a couple drives later with an 11-yard touchdown pass. But the Cru immediately answered back when sophomore receiver De’Nerian Thomas returned the ensuing kickoff the full length of the field for a score. The 100-yard return was the longest kick return of the season for the Cru and was the first kick return of the year for Thomas. When the dust settled from the return, the Cru held a 28-7 lead. After a pair of rushing touchdowns by sophomore running back Markeith Miller and freshman running back Isaiah Shepherd, UMHB carried a demanding  42-7 lead into halftime. But they came out ready to add to that lead in the second half, and on the first drive Jackson scored for the fourth time of the game. He was able to escape pressure and scramble eight yards into the end zone. On their next drive, Miller capped a 9-play, 76-yard drive with his second rushing touchdown of the game. Then, with two minutes left in the third quarter, sophomore safety D’Andre Jackson intercepted a Wildcat pass and returned it 63 yards down to the LC 1-yard line. Senior running back Trinton Ynclan then finished it off with his first career rushing touchdown making the score 63-7. The fourth quarter turned into a formality as both teams gave their backups some work. The two teams combined for just 121 total yards and zero points in the final quarter of the regular season. The Cru drove the ball inside the LC 5-yard line on their final drive. But rather than run up...

Read More
Men’s golf team dominates competition
Oct26

Men’s golf team dominates competition

Published in the Oct. 26, 2016 issue of The Bells Ranked number two in the nation with fewer than ten players, the men’s golf team has been busy making a name for themselves. Led under Coach Jordan Cox, the men playing under the title have been recently ranked as the second leading team in the nation. The team is rooted in good values and hard work ethic, priding themselves on knowing each other’s weaknesses and strengths. “I think it’s helped that we’re all so close now,” said senior engineering major, Jarrod Brown. “It’s helped us to push each other. When we slack off or don’t try hard as individuals, it hurts us as a team. So being able to push each other and work together has played a major impact in our success. “ Leading first out of 13 teams in our own UMHB Fall Invitational, second out of 14 teams in the Al Jones Memorial and fourth out of 18 teams at the NCAA Fall Preview, the team has been out for the kill since the beginning. “It’s all about practice,” said junior communications major, Zach Daroowala. “Practice really does make perfect. It helps us to see what improvements we need to make. And when we compete, we see how others play, and it helps us figure out how to make ourselves better players.” As far as national success, the team has made a name for themselves there as well. The team has racked up countless titles and high rankings over the years, and dominates the competition at every turn. The team continues to strive for even more achievements by practicing constantly and improving their already successful...

Read More