November 22, 2011

The ASC rematch

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Darius Wilson ran for 222 yards the first time these teams met this season.
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By Jason Galleske

Will Morris wanted nothing more than the chance to play Mary Hardin-Baylor again after his McMurry War Hawks fell 28-27 during the regular season after a two-point conversion was intercepted in the closing minutes.

Morris and his teammates get that opportunity Saturday as the War Hawks (8-2) travel to Belton in a second round Division III football playoff game against the Crusaders. The matchup extends the War Hawks’ first NCAA postseason.

"We had to forget to about it, but it has always been in back of our minds," Morris said of the loss to the Crusaders. "We have tons of respect, they're on top and that's what we want and I have no problem taking it from them. It definitely brought some angry tears to my eyes after losing by a point."

The two American Southwest Conference rivals opened up league play with the thriller that saw the Cru build a seemingly comfortable 28-6 lead and held on to capture their 11th consecutive triumph over McMurry.

"McMurry is really a great football team," Mary Hardin-Baylor coach Pete Fredenburg said. "We've got to play for 60 minutes against them. They can score fast, we've got to stay after it. The last two years we've jumped out on them, got a lead, coasted a bit and they made games out of it. We were fortunate to win them and hopefully we won't do that this time."

 War Hawks coach Hal Mumme quipped that he wouldn't mind giving the Cru a slight lead, just not as much.

"We'd like a faster start," Mumme said. "Maybe if we'd just spot them 14 instead of 28, maybe we'll be good."

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