UMHB football hosts Hardin-Simmons to begin playoffs

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The UMHB Crusaders will host the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs Saturday at noon.

UMHB (10-0, 9-0 ASC) earned an automatic bid to the postseason after winning the American Southwest Conference. Hardin-Simmons (9-1, 8-1 ASC) lost its only game to UMHB 26-0 in Belton October 6.

"It is always fun to play Hardin-Simmons because they are such a big rival,” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “I hate that we have to play them in the first round, but we understand why, so that’s what we are going to do. I think we are both very different teams from the first time we played, so we have to get to work on getting ready for them.”

The Crusaders-Cowboys winner will play the winner of the Berry-Maryville matchup.