UMHB, St. Thomas meet for first time in Division III quarterfinal
The Mary Hardin-Baylor football team hasn't lost a game in nearly two years.
Their last defeat was on December 5, 2015, in the Division III quarterfinal round when the Cru lost 38-35 to the Linfield Wildcats.
UMHB (12-0) advanced to the third round for the second-straight year and will meet St. Thomas (Minn.) this upcoming Saturday for a chance to advance to the semifinals against either Delaware Valley or Brockport.
"My message to them is to enjoy every second of it," UMHB head coach Pete Fredenburg said. "This is why you lift weights in January and when you start your offseason. This is why you do that, to get into situations like this. This is fun. This is the fun part of what we do. Obviously our guys have to relax and enjoy it. That's the key to continue to play well."
The defending national champions produced their third shutout of the season this past Saturday. In the 24-0 win over Linfield, the defense notched four sacks, an interception and a blocked punt.
"To me, it looked like it slowed down a little bit because they had a freshman quarterback in there," junior cornerback Reginald Cole said. "They really didn't run as many plays as they used to run. They were just trying to protect the coach's son, so it was pretty basic to me."
Carl Robinson continues to excel in each passing week, throwing for 227 yards and a touchdown against the Wildcats, as well as rushing for a 36-yard score.
"I'm pretty confident in both sides of the ball," sophomore tight end Jacari Reed said. "It's amazing to have a team that can go out there and can do great on both sides."