In a game moved from Saturday to Friday at Gordon Wood Stadium due to the threat of severe thunderstorms, the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets were dealt their fourth consecutive loss, 55-0 by the No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders.
The 13-time American Southwest Conference champion and reigning NCAA Division III national runner-up UMHB (6-0, 5-0) jumped out to a 41-0 halftime lead. Howard Payne (1-5, 1-4) was limited to a mere 95 yards of total offense, 49 passing and 46 rushing, with the game’s only turnover.
HPU’s Gage McClanahan completed 9 of 12 passes for 49 yards with an interception and was sacked twice. DunTayviun Gross caught a team-high four passes for only 8 yards, while Thomas Williams added a 22-yard reception and Eric Haverstock made a 14-yard catch in his return to the lineup.
On the ground, Kaidrion Latson mustered 20 yards for HPU while Stephen Willis chipped in 17.
Mary Hardin-Baylor amassed 475 yards behind a balanced attack of 246 yards on the ground and 229 through the air.
Markeith Miller rushed for 173 yards and a touchdown, Marquis Duncan contributed 56 yards on the ground and DeNarian Thomas rushed for 22 yards and a score.
Luke Poorman completed 8 of 10 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns while Jase Hammack was 6 of 18 for 71 yards and a score. Kadarius Daniels led UMHB with four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown, while Duncan hauled in two catches for 46 yards with a trip to the end zone. Miller and Jonel Reed added touchdown receptions of 33 and 24 yards, respectively.
The Crusaders led 17-0 after one quarter on a 41-yard Miller run, a 35-yard Anthony Avila field goal and a 4-yard touchdown carry by Thomas.
UMHB tacked on 24 points in the second quarter on a 24-yard scoring toss from Hammack to Reed, a 33-yard pass from Poorman to Miller, a 34-yard toss from Poorman to Daniels and a 27-yard Avila kick.
In the second half, the Crusaders scored on a 50-yard Aaron Sims punt return and a 9-yard pass from Poorman to Duncan.
The Yellow Jackets will attempt to snap their four-game skid next week at Sul Ross (0-5, 0-4). Game time is set for 6 p.m. in Alpine Saturday, Oct. 20.