UMHB holds off late St. John's rally to advance to DIII semis

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Jefferson Fritz's interception in the end zone helped UMHB avoid its first loss of the year in a 21-18 win over St. John's Saturday at Crusader Stadium.

Fritz, who also hauled in an interception in the first half, set the American Southwest Conference record for interceptions in one season (10).

UMHB (13-0) scored the game's only first-half touchdown on a 41-yard pass from Jase Hammack to K.J. Miller.

St. John's (12-1) trailed 7-3 at halftime, but gave up a touchdown run to Markeith Miller to fall into a 14-3 hole in the third quarter.

Jackson Erdmann connected with Will Gillach to cut the lead to 14-11 in the fourth quarter, but T.J. Josey followed that with a leaping acrobatic catch to restore the 11-point Crusaders lead.

After blocking a punt, St. John's cut into the UMHB lead again when Erdmann and Gillach hooked up for a second time -- a 6-yard touchdown to pull within three points.

The Johnnies recovered an onside kick and eventually drove to the Crusaders 25-yard line, but Fritz's interception helped UMHB solidify their spot in the semifinals against Wisconsin-Whitewater Sat., December 8.