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UMHB football’s season opener is set: A matchup at UW-River Falls awaits the Cru

BELTON- The third non-conference matchup of the 2023 season for the UMHB football team was announced Thursday morning, as the Crusaders will face UW-River Falls on Sept. 2 in the season opener. 

The game will be played at UW-River Falls, and marks the first meeting between the two programs. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. 

The Falcons are the second WIAC program on UMHB’s 2023 slate, as UW-Whitewater is scheduled to come to Belton during the non-conference portion of the season as well. Additionally, UMHB is set to travel to Trinity (TX) in Week 2 on Sept. 9, facing the Tigers for the third straight season. 

UWRF is coming off a 2022 campaign in which the Falcons posted a 7-4 record, going 4-3 in WIAC play. They were a perfect 5-0 at home and won the Culver’s Isthmus Bowl in a 31-24 win over WashU on Nov. 19. 

We are very excited to build off the momentum of our last two seasons,” said UWRF head coach Matt Walker in a press release. “The addition of Mary Hardin-Baylor in week one as part of our non-conference schedule is an exciting challenge and opportunity for our entire program. The chance to compete against a top-five nationally ranked opponent in our home opener is an amazing way to start off our season.”

Riley Zayas
Riley Zayas founded True To The Cru in November of 2020 with the goal to cover the stories behind the score and give UMHB fans a closer look at the Cru while promoting the student-athletes and coaches that wear the purple and gold every day. He is also a national contributor to and, in addition to serving as a D3 women's basketball Top 25 voter. His byline has also been seen in: Sports Illustrated Kids, Horns Illustrated, College Baseball Nation, and FCA Williamson County. Follow him on Twitter @ZayasRiley.

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