Around the State: Mary Hardin Baylor and Hardin Simmons Reach the Division III Playoffs.

For the lower classification the post season starts this weekend, that includes Division III which holds a 32 team playoff to determine a champion, no Power-5 aka Syndicate to ruin things. Two Texas schools have made the field the Crusaders of Mary Hardin Baylor and the Cowboys from Hardin Simmons. 

UMHB, in Belton, is ranked #1 according to D3football.com and #2 according to the AFCA poll, they host Redlands College (8-1) at beautiful Crusader Stadium on Saturday. When we say beautiful Crusader Stadium we mean it, it's gorgeous, on par with any college football stadium in the state and more picturesque that most. UMHB coach Peter Fredenburg, a former Baylor and LSU assistant is the only coach in Crusader history and he's led the Cru to the playoffs in 14 of the last 15 seasons. His UMHB teams have won 83% of their games in his tenure. 

Meanwhile Hardin Simmons is back in the playoffs for the second consecutive year under Jesse Burleson. The longtime HSU assistant is in his sixth year as head coach and last season his Cowboys broke a six year playoff drought and beat UMHB for the first time in 13 years. The Cowboys are 9-1, and rank 11th according to both the D3football.com and AFCA polls; the one loss being a 20-15 setback to UMHB back in October. They play Linfield (8-1) at Shelton Stadium in Abilene on Saturday. 

If both the Cru and Cowboys advance, they'll play in each other in a rematch and a mammoth matchup in weeks two. 

 
Posted on November 18, 2016 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.