BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team held steady at #2 in the country in both of the major Top 25 National Polls this week. The Cru is off to a 4-0 start this year after having a bye week after rolling over Kean University 73-7 at Crusader Stadium two weeks ago.
The Cru held on to the #2 spot for the third straight American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll of the 2014 season. The Cru received three first-place votes and 1,000 total points and is ranked only behind defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Warhawks took 37 first-place votes and 1,045 total points to hold down the top spot. Mount Union is in third, behind UMHB with two first-place votes and 977 total points. Wesley (DE) College is fourth and Linfield (OR) College rounds out the top five. Upcoming Cru opponent Texas Lutheran is ranked 18th by the AFCA with 295 total points. East Texas Baptist is the only American Southwest Conference program besides UMHB to receive mention with seven points.
“We really pushed some of our young guys during the off week and I think they responded and grew,” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “We went to more of a fall camp feel and we saw some of those kids develop. We are going to need to continue to see that kind of improvement if we are going to reach the goals we have set for this program.”
UMHB also remained at #2 in the country in the D3football.com Top 25 Poll. The Cru totaled 592 points in that poll and trail only Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Warhawks claimed all 25 first-place votes and 625 total points. D3football.com also has Mount Union third, Wesley fourth and Linfield fifth. Texas Lutheran and UMHB’s ASC rival East Texas Baptist are both receiving votes in that poll.
The Cru will return to action with the start of ASC play this Saturday. UMHB travels to Alpine to take on Sul Ross State University (1-4) in a 1:00 PM kickoff at Jackson Field.