Hardin-Baylor Bows to Wesley in Football Playoff Quarterfinals
December 2, 2006
Courtesy University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Sports Information Department
DOVER, Delaware Mary Hardin-Baylor stormed back from a 21-point halftime deficit, but fell short in a 34-20 loss to Wesley College in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Championship.
The loss ends UMHB's season at 10-3 while Wesley College advanced to next weekend's national semifinals. The Crusaders were in the national quarterfinals for the second time in the last three seasons.
UMHB trailed 28-7 at halftime, but opened the second half with a nine-play, 88-yard drive capped by Jarvis Thrasher's 14-yard touchdown run. The Crusaders added a touchdown on their final series of the third quarter on Adrian Turner's 11-yard TD rush straight up the middle with 45 seconds remaining in the period. The extra point was wide, but the Crusaders were within 28-20. UMHB forced a punt on the next Wesley possession and then Terrance Carroll scooped up a fumble by Wesley quarterback Chris Warrick on the Wolverines next possession. After a first down moved the ball to the UMHB 40-yard line, Crusader quarterback Josh Welch was stripped of the ball and Wesley's Mike Ward gathered up the loose ball and rumbled 38-yards for a score to put the Wolverines up 34-20. UMHB was forced to punt on its next possession and Wesley ran 5:02 of the clock before turning the ball over on downs. Welch was tackled at the Wesley seven-yard line on the game's final play to end the Crusaders season.
UMHB drew first blood when Warrick fumbled on a fourth0diwn try and UMHB's Derrick Williams returned the fumble a school-record 45 yards for a touchdown. That play gave the Cru a 7-0 lead with 8:52 remaining in the first quarter. The Wolverines tied the game at seven two possessions later when Warrick hit Jon Lanouette with a five-yard scoring strike with 42 ticks left on the clock in the first quarter. WC went up 14-7 two possessions later when Jason Schatz hit Michael Clarke on a double-pass for an 86-yard touchdown to give the Wolverines the lead for good with 7:52 left in the first half. Jeremy Robinson added a one-yard TD run and Warrick threw a two-yard TD pass to Schatz to make it 28-7 Wolverines at the break. UMHB managed just 46 yards of total offense in the first half while WC rolled up 305 yards in the half.
Jarvis Thrasher led UMHB with 68 yards rushing on 16 carries. He also pushed his season rushing total to 1,137 yards to post the second-highest single-season total in Crusader history. Welch was 9-21 passing for 91 yards and Freddie Rollins caught two passes for 37 yards. The Crusaders ran for 115 yards and added 116 yards through the air for 231 yards of total offense. Williams led the UMHB defensive effort with 10 tackles and the fumble return for a TD.
Warrick finished the day 28-45 passing for 350 yards for Wesley and Clarke caught five balls for 156 yards. The Wolverines managed just 32 yards rushing, but passed for 436 yards to roll up 468 yards of total offense. DE Bryan Robinson had 10 tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks for the Wolverines.
UMHB was playing the 100th game in the history of the Crusader football program. UMHB is 75-25 through the first nine years of the program, including a 7-5 postseason mark. Saturday's game closed out the careers for 11 UMHB seniors.
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