Football Ends Season With Loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor

Football Ends Season With Loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor
ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' football team saw its season come to a close with a 37-19 loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday afternoon at Shelton Stadium in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs.

The game was played with a gusty north wind that was steady around 25 MPH and gusted up to 40 during the game and it had a huge impact on the kicking games for both teams.

HSU took an early lead when Ryan Breton found Jessie Ramos for a 21-yard touchdown pass with :46 to play in the first quarter. It remained 7-0 until just before halftime when the Cru went 80 yards in 11 plays. Blake Jackson found Marcus Wimby on a 5-yard touchdown pass with :13 to play in the half. Jacob O'Neill's kick into the win missed and HSU led 7-6 at halftime.

The elements showed up early in the third quarter. HSU's defense forced a punt on the opening Cru drive and Jessie Ramos fumbled the return and it was batted around and the Cru recovered at their own 5-yard line. The Cru scored on a 2-yard run by Jackson on fourth down to make it 13-7.

Later in the quarter, the Cru pinned the Cowboys deep again after a punt to the HSU 5. On the second play Baylor Mullins intercepted a Breton pass right at the goal line and stepped in for a touchdown to make it 20-7. On the ensuing kickoff the Cru hit a high pooch that the Cowboys failed to catch and the Cru recovered. O'Neill eventually cashed in with a 29-yard field goal to make it 23-7 with 1:57 to play in the third quarter.

The Cowboys answered with a nine-play, 65-yard drive and Breton found Kerry Sloan with a 15-yard touchdown pass. The two point conversion failed and it was 23-13 with 13:12 to play in the fourth quarter.

UMHB put the game away with a quick two play drive. Duane Thompson broke free on a 53-yard run up the middle for a touchdown and it was 30-13. UMHB's Jaedon Johnson intercepted Breton on the next series and the Cru scored on a 9-yard Jackson touchdown run to make it 37-13.

HSU added a 5-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Harris to close the scoring at 37-19 with 3:44 to play.

Breton was 8-for-27 passing for 79 yards and had two interceptions and two touchdowns. Ramos ended his stellar career with two catches for 23 yards and a touchdown. Kerry Sloan ended his career with a 102-yard rushing effort.

The Cru had 321 yards in the Contest and the Cowboys had 253. Zach Anderson was 8-for-12 with 85 yards and Jackson was 7-for-11 for 73 yards. They also combined for 57 yards rushing. Thompson ran for 115 yards for UMHB.

James Place led the Cowboy defense with 13 tackles in his final game. Randy Hirsch ended his career with an 11 tackle game with a half-sack. Ryne Lewis had seven tackles and a half-sack. That half-sack tied him with Scott Forbes for the school record with 24 sacks. Matthew Hawkins had eight tackles, two for losses and had two interceptions.

Baylor Mullins had a big day for the Cru with 10 tackles, broke up two passes and had an interception. ASC defensive player of the year Teidrick Smith had seven tackles, including three sacks.

HSU finished the year at 9-2 and were the tri-champions of the American Southwest Conference. Mary Hardin-Baylor improved to 10-1 and the Cru will play Huntingdon in the second round.

It was the final game for the Cowboys' 19 seniors.

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