Southern Oregon sophomore running back Brandon Baldwin went over 1,000 yards for the year, but that was the only offensive highlight as Mary Hardin-Baylor scored a 21-0 victory over the Raiders on Saturday.
BELTON, Texas — Southern Oregon sophomore running back Brandon Baldwin went over 1,000 yards for the year, but that was the only offensive highlight as Mary Hardin-Baylor scored a 21-0 victory over the Raiders on Saturday.
Mary Hardin-Baylor, ranked eighth in the NCAA Division III poll, improved to 6-1 overall. Southern Oregon fell to 2-6 overall and travels to NCAA Division I North Dakota on Nov. 7.
Baldwin rushed for 118 yards on 36 carries for the Raiders and now has 1,049 yards on the season.
The MHB defense held the Raiders to 196 yards of offense and forced five turnovers (three fumbles and two interceptions).
The Crusaders showed their impressive running attack by finishing with 332 yards of offense and all but 13 of those coming on the ground.
Mary Hardin-Baylor jumped on the board in the first quarter, converting the second straight SOU fumble into a 4-yard touchdown run by Bryson Tucker. Tucker added another score just before half on a 90-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 halftime lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Crusaders put the game away with a 6-yard touchdown run by LiDarral Bailey.
Gary Boubon led the SOU defense with nine tackles and Justin Akau had eight stops. Sunni Ali finished with seven tackles and a tackle-for-loss.
Vance Beach finished with 31 receiving yards on four catches.
Tucker finished with 218 yards rushing for the Crusaders.
At Corvallis, the second-ranked SOU men scored a team victory by knocking off a field of 19 teams and defeating second-place Seattle University, 28-57, Saturday at the Oregon State Beaver Classic.
The SOU women had their top performance of the season, finishing second to Portland, 53-81. Cascade Conference foe Northwest Christian, which received votes in the latest NAIA poll, finished sixth with 142 points.
The Raiders are now off until Nov. 7 when they take part in the Cascade Conference Championships in Springfield.
David Laney continued his impressive season by winning the individual title with a time of 24:21. Dennis McCaffrey finished sixth in 25:01 and was followed closely by Ryan Sorenson in seventh at 25:02. Ryan Ghelfi finished 10th in 25:10 and Hector Aleman was 23rd in 25:39.
The SOU men's unattached team finished 10th out of the 19 teams.
On the women's side, freshman Seena Frantz finished fourth in 22:04.
Anya Martinez (22:49) and Tara Krempley (22:53) finished 12th and 13th, respectively, while Kristen Juveland finished 27th in 23:21 and Kelly Clark finished 39th in 23:45.
At Eugene, Southern Oregon scored a close 2-1 victory over Northwest Christian on Saturday but just missed out on going to the Cascade Conference postseason tournament.
Southern Oregon finished the season 6-8-2 overall and 5-3-1 in conference play. The Raiders finished in fifth place, one point behind fourth-place Oregon Tech's 6-3 record. Northwest Christian finished the season 3-14 overall and 2-7 in conference play.
SOU got on the board first in the opening half as Denise Powell scored her team-best seventh goal of the season. Stacy Szeto added her second goal of the year to make it 2-0.
Northwest Christian took advantage of an SOU mistake to cut the lead to 2-1, but never was a threat after that.