Mary Hardin-Baylor rolls past Franklin into national quarterfinals
BELTON, Texas -- Mary Hardin-Baylor put 28 points on the board before giving up a first down, rolling to a 63-17 victory against Franklin in the NCAA Division III national tournament on Saturday. UMHB improves to 12-0 and advances to the national quarterfinals with the victory. The loss ends the Grizzlies season at 9-3.
The Cru defense forced a three-and-out on the opening possession and then drove 53 yards in eight plays before Darius Wilson scored on a one-yard plunge to make it 7-0 just 3:48 into the game.
LiDarral Bailey hit Tyler Coker with a 32-yard scoring strike on the first play after a Cru interception to push the lead to 14-0 less than a minute later. Bailey added touchdown passes of 25 yards to Keith Reineke and one yard to Coker to make it 28-0 at the end of the first quarter. Kamray Runnels added a 14-yard TD run and Elijah Hudson scored on a 14-yard run to stretch the Cru lead to 42-0.
Cole Richards hit a 39-yard field goal to put the Grizzlies on the board with 2:19 left in the first half, but Dustin Frye took a swing pass from Jake Sims and raced 70 yards for another Cru touchdown, making it 49-3 at the half. Franklin got two touchdown passes from Jonny West in the third quarter to cut it to 49-17. West found Kyle Linville with a 32-yard TD toss and added a three-yarder to Joey Pasquale on the final play of the third quarter. Hudson and Wilson both scored on one-yard runs for UMHB in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin.
The Cru rolled up 563 yards of total offense with 282 on the ground and 281 through the air. UMHB held Franklin to 310 total yards, including 51 rushing yards and intercepted three passes. The Grizzlies managed just one first down and 30 yards of offense in the first quarter and Franklin had just three first downs and 97 yards of total offense at halftime.
Bailey finished 12-15 passing for 136 yards and three touchdowns and added three rushes for 34 more yards despite going to the bench midway through the second quarter. Sims was 5-10 for 139 yards and a touchdown off the bench. Wilson led the Cru running game with 83 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and Geoff Myles caught five passes for 40 yards. Mike Maldonado had a team-high 11 tackles to lead the Cru defense and three different players recorded interceptions.
West was 26-43 for 259 yards and two touchdowns for Franklin, but he was intercepted twice and sacked three times. Linville caught 11 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown and Kyle Holzbog ran for 22 yards on five carries. Alex Van Cleave and Jordan Segner recorded 15 tackles apiece to lead Franklin.