By Tony Adams
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor hosted the Trinity Tigers Saturday night at Crusader Stadium, hoping to shake the rough feelings from last week’s win against Sul Ross.
It only took :13 to forget.
Derek Williamson took the opening kickoff 98-yards for Cru touchdown, setting off a celebration on the sidelines and in the stands, as the Cru rolled over the Tigers 49-7.
Williamson took the kickoff at his own 2-yard line, broke two tackles on a diagonal run towards the Cru-sideline and raced to pay turf. Drew Owen’s point-after kick made the score 7-0.
The two sides traded two punts through the first quarter before Eric Allen picked off Trinity quarterback Stephen Smith’s pass and returned it to the Trinity 41.
UMHB bridged a scoring drive into the second quarter, taking up 3:53 on 11 plays and 62 yards. Zach Anderson and Caleb Moore split carries to get the Cru down to the Trinity 16. Anderson found Keith Reineke for a 16-yard touchdown pass to put UMHB up 14-0 with 13:19 remaining in the half.
Trinity wasted no time in answering the touchdown on the next drive. Smith found Weslyn Wagner to work the ball to the Tigers’ 47. After hitting Cody Sandman for 20 yards, Smith found Sandman again for a 30-yard touchdown strike. Trinity trailed 14-7 with 10:51 to play in the half.
Following an unsuccessful Tiger possession, Moore became the next drive’s workhorse. Moore took the first two snaps of the drive 17 yards. Anderson hit Moore for a 12-yard pass reception. Two more runs by Moore set up a touchdown strike from Anderson to Kamray Runnels for 11 yards. The seven-play, 47-yard drive took 2:13 off the clock, giving the Cru a 21-7 lead with 4:48 still to play in the second quarter.
Allen intercepted his second pass of the evening, jumping in front of a Smith pass at the Trinity 39 and returned it 15 yards. However, Trinity stripped Anderson on the next play to get the ball back. UMHB forced a three-and-out possession to receive a Tiger punt at the Trinity 38.
The Cru turned to fullback Malcolm Miller to set up their next score. The hard-hitting, straight-ahead running style earned Miller 10 yards on his first two carries, sandwiched between 13 yards of Moore runs. Anderson hit Colton Jacob for a 15-yard touchdown, giving UMHB a 28-7 lead at the half.
Following a three-and-out possession by Trinity to start the second half, UMHB started their first drive on the Tigers’ 32. With the drive not producing yardage in the first three plays, Owen attempted a 49-yard field goal. The attempt was short and to the left.
After another three-and-out drive by the Tigers, the Cru turned to Miller and Moore for the setup of their next score. On 43 yards rushing, 31 from Moore and 12 from Miller, UMHB dialed up Moore for a 6-yard touchdown run. With 8:22 to go in the third quarter, the Cru led 35-7.
The Cru defense held Trinity to another three-and-out to set up UMHB’s next scoring drive. Following an Anderson 9-yard run, Michael Carpenter took a handoff up the middle and blazed 38 yards for another Cru touchdown, making the score 42-7 with 7:27 remaining in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter started with UMHB holding Trinity out of Cru territory on four downs to give them a short field to work with. Glen Gilliam scored on a 32-yard touchdown run to give the Cru a 49-7 lead with 13:01 remaining in the game.
Trinity switched quarterbacks on the next drive. Garrett Swann hit Sandman for 40 yards down to the UMHB 6-yard line. The Cru stopped Trinity over the next four plays, forcing a turnover on downs. The Tigers made one final push for points late in the game, but UMHB’s defense put the clamps on and ended the game.
Moore ran the ball 24 times for 111 yards and a TD. Anderson was 11-for-18 for 103 yards and three TD.
UMHB outgained Trinity 414-184, while the margin was on the ground, 288 to minus 30, in extending their regular season winning streak to 39 games.
“That was a little better,” said UMHB head coach Pete Fredenburg. “Once we started running the ball, we felt better.”
Moore’s contribution to the UMHB offense was attributed to the right mindset, wanting to send a message to Trinity.
“It felt great and I came out with attitude,” said Moore. “I felt I had something to prove and moved the ball.”
The Cru returns to action on Oct 19, as they take on Louisiana College at 1 p.m.