The Cru take second game:  this time against ETBU
Sep18

The Cru take second game: this time against ETBU

By Jaykwon Thompson Editor in Chief Before the game, the Crusaders paid homage to the victims of 9/11 with five Apache helicopters from Fort Hood flying over the home field. They also flew over a large United States Flag, covering a sizable portion of the field, which was carried in by students in the First Year Collective. The 6:00 p.m. game against ETBU started fast with the Crusaders scoring on their first drive with a field goal; then, on their defensive drive, the Crusaders made the ETBU offense punt the ball downfield. Jefferson Fritz returned the ball for a touchdown—making the score in the first quarter with 10 minutes left, 10-0. Defensive Back Jefferson Fritz runs away with the ball for the first touchdown in the game with ETBU at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 11. Photos by Rebecca McEntee ETBU would stand no chance offensively as their quarterback Troy Yowman would constantly face defensive pressure and overthrow his receivers; Caleb Johnson would stuff the run early while Jefferson Fritz would break up passes downfield. During their offensive drive on the field, Kyle king would throw a pass to Brandon Jordan would jump over the defender’s back and catch the pass. This would lead to a QB keep by Kyle King for a touchdown, making the current score in the game 17-0, with ETBU scrambling to find a way to respond as they received the ball on kickoff. The defense would continue to shut out ETBU’s offense as Khevon Shepard would push past the line of scrimmage and sack the quarterback for a loss of seven yards. At the start of the second quarter, ETBU would try to mount an offensive only to be stumped by the Crusader’s defense, being forced to punt it. However, a penalty on the field allowed the ETBU offense another chance on the field with a 1st down. ETBU would find their footing as Troy Yowman would throw a pass to Tariq Gray for a considerable gain, bringing their offense to Cru’s 28 -yard line. However, their spark would end when Jefferson Fritz recovered a fumble from ETBU’s ball carrier, placing the Crusader offense on their own 13-yard line. However, nothing would come of this drive; ETBU would begin their offensive and drive up the field with a big break run from Cornelius Merchant. However, the Crusader’s defense would again stuff the offense as no more momentum would be gained. Even after Troy Yowman would attempt a pass to his receiver, which was open in the end-zone; however, the thrown ball was out of reach, resulting in an incompletion. The Crusaders on their possession...

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The Crusaders take first game with Simpson College
Sep05

The Crusaders take first game with Simpson College

UMHB took an early lead in their first football game of the Fall 2021 season with Simpson College at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. They would go on to win the game at 84-6. Senior E’Monte Smith emerges with the rest of the Crusader football team as they run onto the field at Crusader Stadium Saturday, Sept. 4. UMHB hosted their first football game of the fall 2021 season with Simpson College. At far left running out with Smith is teammate Kobe Giles. Courtesy Photos UMHB’s mascot CRUnk cheers with the cheerleading squad as their team hosted the first football game of the fall 2021 season, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Sophomore running back Kenneth Cormier, Jr., resists the eventual tackle as he carries the ball in the first quarter of play with Simpson College at Crusader Stadium in Belton Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. UMHB’s Brenton Martin fights being tackled by Simpson College’s Wyatt Schaben in the first quarter of play Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Martin is a senior communications major. UMHB’s senior quarterback Kyle King hands the ball off to sophomore Kenneth Cormier in the game with Simpson College at Crusader Stadium in Belton Saturday, Sept. 4,...

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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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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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