The Redlands football team fell to Mary Hardin-Baylor, 43-14 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship on Saturday morning in Belton, Texas.
With the loss, Redlands concludes its season 9-2 overall, while Mary Hardin-Baylor improves to 11-0 and advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament next week.
Mary Hardin-Baylor scored 14 in the first and seven in the second to stake a 21-0 lead at intermission. The Crusaders added 15 in the third and seven in the fourth, while Redlands added a touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters to set the final score at 43-14.
Redlands' first score came courtesy of a 1-yard run by Eric Kump to cap a 12-play, 90-yard drive that took up 5:40. The Bulldogs also contributed the final scoring possession of the contest as Kai Kang collected a 62-yard pass from Kump as Redlands went 75 yards in three plays in just 1:12.
Kump finished 9-of-19 for 175 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, while Kai Thompson was Redlands' leading rusher with 81 yards on 20 carries with a long run of 17 yards. Kang added 103 yards on 3 receptions, while Mitchell Nickovich and Blake Roy added 20 receiving yards each. Defensively, the Bulldogs were led by Matthew Betancourt who registered 10 tackles, while Elias Hackney chipped in 2.5 sacks for a loss for 14 yards.
MHB quarterback Jase Hammack was 14-for-25 through the air for 177 yards, including a long of 32 yards and three touchdowns. Jo'Vei McDaniel led the Crusaders' ground attack with 33 yards on seven carries, while Jonel Reed, Jaylan Jenkins and Gary Ruckman each grabbed a touchdown catch and contributed 58, 55 and 37 yards receiveing respectively. Anthony Avila added two field goals, while Keith Gipson led the defensive effort with an interception returned 26 yards for a touchdown to highlight two picks. Tevin Jones led the team with 13 total tackles.