• September 24, 2016

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UMHB'S Campitelli: 'We were determined'

It was halftime at Belton’s Crusader Stadium on Saturday night.

Crusaders relishing big win; No. 3 UMHB takes time to enjoy victory over Linfield

BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor’s players were flying high after Saturday night’s rout of Linfield. Considering what the win meant to the program, the Crusaders might still be walking on air, and that’s just fine with their coach.

“We’ll get to enjoy it longer, with the open date this week,” UMHB coach Pete Fredenburg said Monday, two days after his program’s 66-27 victory over the then-third-ranked Wildcats. “It’s a big win to savor, and we’re going to let our guys enjoy it.”

FOOTBALL: No. 5 UMHB pounds No. 3 Linfield 66-27

They aren’t the fifth best team in America anymore.

A giant leap: UMHB emphatically ends losing streak to Linfield

BELTON — It was only a little more than a foot — a small step, really — but it meant so much more to Mary Hardin-Baylor, something like a giant leap.

UMHB stonewalled Linfield on fourth-and-1 in the third quarter to kill the Wildcats’ last grasp at momentum, and the No. 5-ranked Crusaders ran away to their biggest victory in years — a 66-27 shellacking of the third-ranked Wildcats in front of a full house Saturday night at Crusader Stadium.

Early third-quarter surge key for Cru in another landmark win

BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor entered Saturday evening never having beaten Linfield in four previous meetings, all in the NCAA Division III playoffs. Among them were 2004’s seven-point loss in its lone trip to the national championship game and back-to-back, frustrating three-point defeats in 2014 and 2015.

UMHB, Linfield collide tonight

BELTON — Prior to a mid-afternoon practice earlier this week, Mary Hardin-Baylor linebacker Matt Cody allowed himself to think about, for just a moment, what it would be like to defeat Linfield.

“There would be some smiles all over this place, and we might get a little rowdy,” the Crusaders senior said. “I think it would be the first step toward going to the national championship game.”

In a preview of what could be a late-round NCAA Division III playoff matchup come December, fifth-ranked UMHB (2-0) hosts No. 3 Linfield (1-0) for what should be an entertaining clash at 6 p.m. today at Crusader Stadium.

UMHB looks to get Linfield ‘monkey’ off of its back

BELTON — For all of their success, the Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders have a glaring smudge on their résumé: an 0-4 record against Linfield (Ore.).

Ever since falling to the Wildcats in the 2004 national title game, the Crusaders have had a Pacific coast monkey on their back — a varmint that’s grown more pesky through three subsequent meetings.

Given the history of the series, it’s easy to understand why UMHB’s players are eager for a chance to shed the hairy beast once and for all come Saturday night, when No. 5 UMHB (2-0) and No. 3 Linfield (1-0) square off at Crusader Stadium.

Jackson ready to lead UMHB vs. Linfield

There are football games on your schedule. Then there are the important football games on your schedule.

Business as usual for Cru; No. 5 UMHB preps for clash with No. 3 Linfield

BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor coach Pete Fredenburg doesn’t typically litter his conversation with clichés, but he delved into the trusty adage handbag Monday when talking about this week’s matchup between his No. 5-ranked Crusaders and the third-ranked Linfield Wildcats.

“The old saying is that you need to act like you’ve been there before,” he said during his weekly news conference. “These are the kind of games that we are accustomed to. We have to get the guys ready to play hard.”

FOOTBALL: Cru take care of business, now turn to top-5 showdown

SEGUIN — For nine straight months following last December’s quarterfinal playoff loss to Linfield, Mary Hardin-Baylor’s players had kept their mouths shut and their thoughts to themselves regarding next week’s regular-season rematch.

UMHB gets TLU out of the way, immediately looks at Linfield

SEGUIN — For nine straight months following last December’s quarterfinal playoff loss to Linfield, Mary Hardin-Baylor’s players had kept their mouths shut and their thoughts to themselves regarding next week’s regular-season rematch.

Getting another shot: UMHB’s Schmidt bouncing back as a safety

BELTON — Hunter Schmidt’s even-keeled demeanor is almost in contrast to his college football career, which has had its share of stops and starts, and ups and downs.

Through it all — going on five seasons now at Mary Hardin-Baylor — some things haven’t changed, though, primarily his love for the program and the belief in his ability to make plays.

UMHB turns focus to TLU; Fifth-ranked Crusaders not looking past Bulldogs

BELTON — With a runaway season-opening victory in the rearview mirror and a much-anticipated showdown on the horizon next week, it might seem natural for No. 5 Mary Hardin-Baylor to take its foot off the gas and coast for a little ways this week.

Crusaders coach Pete Fredenburg said there’s no chance of that happening as his team prepares for Saturday night’s road matchup with a Texas Lutheran squad that’s licking its wounds after getting upset in its opener.

Full-time QB Jackson stars in UMHB’s season opener

He’s the guy now. 

Fourth-ranked UMHB flattens Ohio Wesleyan 56-0 in opener

And now we know why Mary Hardin-Baylor is again ranked high, No. 4 in America in several national polls.

All Crusaders: UMHB strikes quick, trounces Ohio Wesleyan in season opener

BELTON — Senior quarterback Blake Jackson isn’t the same player he used to be. The defense appears ready to continue its tradition of stinginess. And Mary Hardin-Baylor showed the ability to score from anywhere on the field in every facet of the game.

Jones, UMHB start tonight against Ohio Wesleyan

BELTON — Tevin Jones was a do-it-all kind of linebacker in high school, a guy who took full advantage of his freedom within the defensive scheme to roam sideline to sideline making plays.

His prowess at Belton High School made his first season at Mary Hardin-Baylor — a year spent toiling on the junior varsity squad — a somewhat tough pill to swallow.

“It was tough because I wasn’t expecting it. I came in with a little higher expectations, thinking I was going to be on varsity. I think that’s kind of normal of any freshman,” he said. “But I understood what the coaches were saying when they told us, ‘It may take one year of work to get three years of playing time.’ So I just I did the work I was told and it’s paying off right now.”

Now a sophomore, Jones gets paid in full today as a starting linebacker when No. 5-ranked UMHB opens the season against Ohio Wesleyan at 6 p.m. at Crusader Stadium.

As a spectator last season, viewing varsity games from the stands or through the large windows of the Bawcom Student Union building, a varsity starting role in the 2016 opener wasn’t at the forefront of Jones’ mind.

No. 5 UMHB hosts Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday

The No. 5-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders begin their 2016 campaign on Saturday at 6 p.m.

UMHB gears up for opener; Crusaders kick off Saturday against Ohio Wesleyan

BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor hasn’t lost a season-opening game since 2006. However, until foot meets football to kick things off Saturday night at Crusader Stadium, nothing is a sure thing, even for the No. 5-ranked Crusaders.

Ahead of the curve: Crusaders sharp in first practices of season

BELTON — Two things stood out Thursday morning as Mary Hardin-Baylor opened fall camp.

First was the level of execution by this season’s group of newcomers, which appeared to be miles ahead in relation to past rookie contingents.

Second was the comfort of senior quarterback Blake Jackson, who seems ready to grasp the role as lone starter — after two years of splitting snaps — in a new scheme that looks tailor-made for his skill set.

UMHB tops ASC poll; DE Smith named preseason defensive MVP

BELTON — It’s less than eight weeks until Mary Hardin-Baylor’s season opener and, like clockwork, the Crusaders are the favorites in the American Southwest Conference.

For the 14th consecutive year, UMHB has been picked to win the ASC in the league’s annual preseason coaches and media poll.

UMHB golfers take aim at national titles

BELTON — Elizabeth Davis is an aspiring college golf coach who has battled through the pain of numerous injuries and surgeries associated with thoracic outlet syndrome to earn one more cherished playing opportunity in her hometown of Houston.

Mats Heien is a determined Norwegian whose commitment to improving his focus and all-around game has him pointing toward a professional playing career.

Both Mary Hardin-Baylor golfers aim to complete their spring season in stellar fashion when they compete as individuals in this week’s NCAA Division III Championships.

Local H.S./college roundup

TRACK AND FIELD: Area athletes qualify for TAPPS state meet

Central Texas Christian had athletes advance through the TAPPS Class 3A South regional meet in 17 events, and Holy Trinity Catholic also had a competitor qualify for the TAPPS state meet.

BACKYARD BALL: Former area prep stars making key contributions at nearby UMHB

BELTON — Four former stars from area high schools are making a name for themselves at the collegiate level on the playing field.