On Saturday we jumped into the first weekend with an all conference slate. After looking back on UMHBs 50-20 win over Hardin Simmons, let’s look back at the other games from this weekend.

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East Texas Baptist at Howard Payne

Howard Payne came out hot Saturday, jumping to a 13-0 lead over ETBU after one quarter of action. With just over six minutes left in the first half HPU’s Tauren Bradley scored on a three yard run making the score 19-0. That would remain the score at the half. ETB would finally get on the board halfway through the third quarter after Colby Walker scored on a 1 yard touchdown reception. Less than three minutes later Devian Wilson would score on a five-yard reception making the score 19-14.

With just over two minutes left in the third quarter Jordan Carroll would score on a 44 yard pass making game the score 26-14. Wilson would score again for ETB, this time on a 5 yard run making the score 26-21 early in the fourth. With just over seven minutes left in the game, HPU would score off of Otis Lanier’s 34-yard reception, making the score 33-21. That would eventually be final score.

Howard Payne improves to 3-1 on the season and 2-0 in conference play while East Texas Baptist falls to 1-2 and 1-1 in conference play.

Sul Ross State at Texas Lutheran

Texas Lutheran went into Saturday searching for their first win of the season. They would jump out to an early 7-0 lead after Jacob Forton would score from the one yard line. Sul Ross State was quick to respond with a score of their own, making the score 7-7. That would remain the score until the break.

Sul Ross State then got hot, scoring on T.J DeShields 42 yard pass to Vicente Luevano. Texas Lutheran came right back with a score of their own, tying the game up at 14 apiece.

Early in the fourth Sul Ross State would score after DeShields and Luevano connected again, this time for a 53 yard touchdown pass. Sul Ross State would put the game away with just over a minute on Ozias Wright’s 31 yard run.

Sul Ross State would win by a score of 28-14. They would tally up 435 yards of offense in the win. Sul Ross State improves to 2-2 (2-0) while Texas Lutheran drops to 0-3 (0-2)

McMurry at Southwestern

McMurry led 26-14 at the half. Southwestern then took a 38-33 lead in the fourth. McMurry’s late drive would stall in Pirate territory, giving Southwestern a 38-33 win.

McMurry falls to 0-4 (0-2) while Southwestern improves to 2-2 (1-1).

Editor’s note: As of press time on Sunday night, stats from this contest were not available.

Mary HardinBaylor at Hardin-Simmons

UMHB hit the road again after last week’s 68-14 blowout win over Southwestern at home. A slow first quarter left the score at 6-6 after two field goals from both sides. HSU would be the first in the end zone on Noah Garcia’s 12 yard run. UMHB would respond less than two minutes later on Kyle Kings 44 yard pass to Jerry Day. UMHB would add a field goal and would lead 16-13 with just over five minutes remaining in the half. HSU would score on a 74 yard pass. UMHB would score on a 4 yard pass from Kyle King to Brandon Jordan making the score 22-20.

UMHB would score on a 25 yard scoop and score from Johnny Smith-Rider. On HSU’s ensuing drive they fumbled again. This time Durand Hill would pick it up and score giving UMHB their second scooped-up fumble for a touchdown in under a minute. UMHB led 36-20 at the intermission.

Kenneth Cormier Jr. would score twice in the third making the score 50-20. That would be the final. UMHB tallied up 419 yards of offense on 67 plays. The defense gave up 312 yards of offense.

UMHB improves to 3-1 (2-0) as Hardin-Simmons drops to 2-1 (0-1) on the year. For more on UMHB’s 50-20 win, read our official game recap here.

Top 25 Notes

In Sunday’s Top 25 poll, UMHB moved up to No. 4, and also received a first-place vote. Hardin-Simmons remains a Top 10 team, as the Cowboys are now ranked No. 10.

Next Saturday brings another busy week in the ASC, as every team will suit up for action.

This article was contributed by Benji Ward. Ward is a native of South Carolina, and writes about Erskine College athletics for his media outlet, Erskine News Now. He began writing at the age of 12, and has continued growing in his journalism experience to this day.

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