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It was a busy week in the ASC, with six games played, four of which were inter-conference matchups. As we look back on UMHB’s 68-14 win over Southwestern, here is a quick dive through the rest of the contests that played out involving ASC programs on Saturday afternoon.
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No. 6 Hardin-Simmons (ASC) at No. 24 Wisconsin-Platteville (WIAC)
In the lone Top 25 matchup of the week in D-III football, HSU traveled north for the second ASC-WIAC meeting within the last two weeks. The Cowboys had not yet faced a D-III opponent, but took down the Pioneers in dominant fashion, winning 41-0. HSU was remarkable in its rushing attack, picking up 17 of its 24 first downs on the ground, and tallied 260 rushing yards. The Cowboys used a trio of running backs, keeping the offense moving upfield, as Myles Featherston carried the ball 11 times for 73 yards, Colton Marshall recorded 70 yards on nine carries, and Kolby Youngblood contributed with 66 rush yards on 11 attempts.
HSU converted 50 percent of its third downs (7-for-14), and scored in every quarter en route to the shutout. The Cowboys are 2-0, and begin ASC play by hosting UMHB next weekend.
Texas Lutheran (ASC) at No. 7 Trinity (TX) (SCAC)
Playing at home, Trinity kept its undefeated season alive, defeating TLU 52-14.
The Tigers took an early 14-0 lead before TLU found the end zone, and made it 14-7. But Trinity scored the next five touchdowns, leading 45-7 at the end of three quarters.
The Bulldogs of TLU found most of their success in the passing game, throwing for 202 yards, while running for just 15. Quarterback Seth Cosme was on point against the Trinity defense, completing 17-of-21 passes. In fact, 10 of TLU’s 12 first downs came through the air.
Trinity tallied 428 yards of total offense, as quarterback Tucker Horn threw for 160 yards on 12 completions.
TLU hosts SRSU in Seguin on Sept. 24 in ASC action.
Austin College at Sul Ross State
Sul Ross State interim head coach Barry Derickson picked up his first victory as acting head coach of the Lobos on Saturday afternoon, as his team defeated Austin College 55-14.
University of Akron transfer T.J. DeShields tossed seven touchdowns in the win for SRSU, breaking the program’s single-game record in that category.
Additionally, the victory marked the first time since Oct. 21, 2017 that SRSU defeated an opponent by 35 or more points. It moves the Lobos 1-2 overall, while AC drops to 0-3.
SRSU continues its season on Sept. 24 at Texas Lutheran, while AC enters a bye week.
Howard Payne vs Hendrix College
Played at a neutral site in Prosper, Texas, HPU used a massive 30-point second quarter en route to a 67-10 non-conference victory.
Offense was the name of the game for the Yellow Jackets, who tallied 33 first downs, with a balanced attack (14 passing first downs, 18 rushing first downs, 1 on penalty). They converted on nine-of-13 third-down plays, amassing an incredible 769 yards of total offense. Running back Javian Myles was at the center of that success, averaging 10.8 yards per carry, with 151 yards on 14 attempts, including a 75-yarder. He had three touchdowns, as did fellow running back Billy Reagins. Three different receivers also tallied 70 or more receiving yards.
The HPU defense held Hendrix to just 88 rushing yards and an average of 3.3 yards per play.
The Yellow Jackets resume ASC play in week four, hosting ETBU at 1 p.m. in Brownwood.
ETBU at McMurry
The game was scoreless through the first quarter, but an ETBU interception early in the second gave way to the Tigers’ first score on a 62-yard drive. That lead widened to 14-0 by halftime, and 21-0 by the end of the third quarter. ETBU went on to win 28-7.
The Tigers held McMurry to just 104 yards of total offense, and nine first downs. ETBU’s Joey Johnson led the team with eight tackles, 3.0 for loss.
In his first start at quarterback, ETBU’s Cornelius Banks was 13-for-24 passing, with both a rushing and a passing touchdown.
ETBU, now 1-1, faces HPU in Brownwood next weekend. McMurry, 0-3, heads to Southwestern.
Southwestern at No. 5 UMHB
The Crusaders rebounded well from the week two loss at Wisconsin-Whitewater, coming out with intensity in all three phases of the game. UMHB scored three times in the first quarter, then added four more touchdowns in the second, en route to a 48-0 halftime lead.
Quarterback Kyle King tallied six passing touchdowns in the first half alone, tying the program record, as UMHB picked up 633 yards of total offense. Defensively, the Pirates were limited to a 25 percent third down conversion rate, and just 98 rushing yards.
UMHB travels to Hardin-Simmons for a highly-anticipated contest next Saturday, while Southwestern hosts McMurry.
To read more about UMHB’s win, check out our game story, photo gallery, and videos from the contest: