• October 26, 2016


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Precise punting boon for Cru; UMHB maximizing Mullins’ ability to pin teams near goal line

BELTON — During a game in which neither team’s offense can find much of a rhythm, such as No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor’s meeting with No. 8 Hardin-Simmons over the weekend, the best weapon can sometimes be a skilled punter.

Just ask the Crusaders, who used the leg of senior Baylor Mullins to routinely pin HSU deep in its territory — a key ingredient in their 20-15 victory over the Cowboys on Saturday at Crusader Stadium.

FOOTBALL: UMHB makes enough big plays to win top-10 ASC showdown against HSU

BELTON — In a matchup of two top-10 teams and longtime rivals, a handful of plays can make a barrelful of difference. 

UMHB retires college jersey of NFL linebacker Freeman in halftime ceremony

Current Chicago Bears standout linebacker Jerrell Freeman was a four-year letterman for Mary Hardin-Baylor from 2004-2007. 

ALLAN MANDELL: Fredenburg, Crusaders run to win

Sometimes, one must run.

Crusader WR T.J. Josey makes play of the day in win over Hardin-Simmons

The No. 3 team in the country, Mary Hardin Baylor, was trailing archrival and No. 8-ranked Hardin-Simmons, 9-3. 

Difference makers: Key plays guide No. 3 Crusaders past No. 8 Cowboys

BELTON — In a matchup of two top-10 teams and longtime rivals, a handful of plays can make a barrelful of difference.

UMHB great Freeman honored by jersey retirement

BELTON — For Mary Hardin-Baylor, 8 was always enough.

Josey can do it all for UMHB

BELTON — T.J. Josey is a guy of many talents.

A former basketball standout, he picked up the game at the age of 4. Roughly 15 years later, he was a backup quarterback for Mary Hardin-Baylor as a freshman in 2014. And now, he’s a matchup nightmare as a receiver for the Crusaders.

To top it all off, he knows his way around a grill, too.

No. 3 UMHB hosts No. 8 Hardin-Simmons

It doesn’t matter what is on the line when the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team faces Hardin-Simmons University — it’s always a big game.

Rivalry week here for Cru; No. 3 UMHB, No. 8 HSU will decide ASC supremacy

BELTON — This certainly sounds familiar.

Mary Hardin-Baylor and Hardin-Simmons will — for all intents and purposes — decide the American Southwest Conference championship when the third-ranked Crusaders (6-0, 3-0) host the eighth-ranked Cowboys (6-0, 3-0) on Saturday afternoon in the 23rd meeting between the longtime rivals.

No. 3 Crusaders dominate ETBU after shaky first half

MARSHALL — Things couldn’t have gone much worse for Mary Hardin-Baylor in the first half Saturday afternoon. 

Tale of two halves: UMHB awakens from first-half slumber, buries ETBU

MARSHALL — Things couldn’t have gone much worse for Mary Hardin-Baylor in the first half Saturday afternoon.

Fanene right at home with Crusaders

BELTON — Ajay Fanene’s football career has been an adventure.

Then again, his life in general has been out of the ordinary in comparison to his Mary Hardin-Baylor teammates.

Born in the Samoan Islands, Fanene (Faw-ne-ne) was 6 years old when he traveled with his grandfather to a wedding in Riverside, Calif., and never went back to his Polynesian home.

“Coming from the islands, it’s a little more basic out there. In the states, there’s a lot more opportunities you get,” he said. “It was a better future for me in the states.”

UMHB preps for ASC test; No. 3 Crusaders eager for challenge of facing No. 15 ETBU

BELTON — Following consecutive games against two American Southwest Conference cellar-dwellers, Mary Hardin-Baylor has a matchup this week against an East Texas Baptist team that wants to encroach upon the Crusaders’ perennial stance on the top rung of the ASC ladder.

Saturday afternoon’s clash in Marshall against No. 15 East Texas Baptist (5-0, 1-0 ASC) might be a sight for sore eyes for No. 3 UMHB (5-0, 2-0).

UMHB feasts on Howard Payne

BROWNWOOD — Mary Hardin-Baylor needs to clean up the crumbs after getting a little messy while feasting on Howard Payne on Saturday. Next on the menu are back-to-back nationally ranked opponents who are eager to serve up heaping portions of heartburn for the third-ranked Crusaders.

UMHB started fast, slipped into a post-intermission lull and then awoke again for the final minutes of a 59-10 drubbing of Howard Payne at sun-soaked Gordon Wood Stadium, keeping the Crusaders on track for their 12th straight American Southwest Conference title heading into clashes with the league’s other two contenders.

Ramirez fits in on UMHB line

BELTON — If DeJuan Ramirez hadn’t decided to move with his grandparents from North Carolina to Brenham after his freshman year in high school, he wouldn’t have been recruited by Mary Hardin-Baylor, and the Crusaders might still be looking for a strong-side offensive tackle.

In truth, though, leaving his mother and siblings to go to Brenham wasn’t an agonizing process for Ramirez, even if he didn’t know then where the path would eventually take him.

Crusaders fighting apathy; Weaker portion of schedule has challenges for No. 3 UMHB

BELTON — Fresh off a 66-3 rout of an overmatched opponent and facing what could be a similar game come Saturday, Mary Hardin-Baylor coach Pete Fredenburg knows the biggest fight his No. 3-ranked Crusaders face this week could be their battle with apathy.

Interestingly enough, the subject happened to come up during a recent phone conversation in which the coach called to congratulate former player Blake Dempsey on his progress through the Navy SEAL training program.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Cru dominate War Hawks, begin quest to add to ASC championship streak

BELTON — Coming off an open date, and two weeks removed from a marquee win, Mary Hardin-Baylor lacked a certain spark when it hit the field for its conference opener Saturday afternoon. 

ALLAN MANDELL: Communication is key for Cru senior Walker

Communicating is very important to Mary Hardin-Baylor senior wide receiver Wykeyhe Walker right now.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Fuller, Cru defensive line do its share in rout of McMurry

BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor junior defensive tackle Brazos Fuller is 6-feet-1 and weighs 260 pounds. 

Big second half lifts UMHB to rout of McMurry

BELTON — Coming off an open date, and two weeks removed from a marquee win, Mary Hardin-Baylor lacked a certain spark when it hit the field for its conference opener Saturday afternoon.

Not that it mattered, though. Not against a McMurry team that lacked everything necessary to make it a competitive affair.

Third-ranked UMHB turned in a sluggish first-half performance but found its groove after intermission, scoring 42 points over the final two quarters to bury McMurry 66-3 at Crusader Stadium.

It’s Miller time again at UMHB

BELTON — He shares the work ethic of his older brother and mans the same position, but the playing styles of Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore running back Markeith Miller and former Crusaders bruiser Malcolm Miller aren’t as similar.

Malcolm, a 5-foot-8, 240-pound battering ram, was more adept at running over defenders than away from them. Markeith (5-10, 215) has the power to break tackles and the speed to elude them.

In fact, compared to his older brother, Markeith is an outright sprinter. Their family games in the yard were proof of that.

No. 3-ranked UMHB hosts McMurry

The Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders, ranked No. 3 in America, host the McMurry University War Hawks on Saturday, 1 p.m., at Crusader Stadium.

UMHB set for ASC opener; Crusaders begin preparations for War Hawks

BELTON — Despite not facing McMurry since 2011, Mary Hardin-Baylor will certainly be familiar with the War Hawks’ quarterback when the teams square off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Crusader Stadium in an American Southwest Conference opener.

After all, freshman B.J. Ross was a Crusader for a few days just last month, before the Bryan product decided to transfer to McMurry.