Wesley at Mary Hardin-Baylor: Gameday Central
|Opponent||Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders
|Date||Saturday, December 1, 2012|
|Time||1:00 p.m. Eastern
|Location||Belton, Texas| Tiger Field
|Tickets||$8 adults | $4 students/seniors
|Live Stats||Live Stats
Nov. 27 - RB Jahad Hits His Stride as Wesley Reaches Quarterfinals - Delaware State News
Nov. 28 - Wolverines' Brooks Aims to Win Bout With Cancer - Delaware State News
Nov. 28 - South's Beasts Meet Again - D3football.com
Nov. 28 - Brooks After Diagnosis 'Don't Worry About Me' - News Journal
Nov. 28 - (Video) Wesley Running Game Hoping for Improvement Against UMHB - WDEL 1150AM
Nov. 29 - Healthy Jahad Boosts Rushing Attack - News Journal
Nov. 29 - A Hole On The Roster - D3football.com
Nov. 29 - (Video) Wesley's Jahad Ready For Second Chance at UMHB - WDEL 1150AM
Nov. 30 - (Video) Wesley College renews playoff rivalry with Mary Hardin Baylor - WDDE 91.1FM
Nov. 30 - Road Warriors - Delaware State News
Nov. 30 - Steady Wesley Head Into Playoff Game - Delaware State News
#5 Wesley travels to #2 Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, December 1, at 1 pm Eastern. The five-time South Region Champion Wolverines fell to the Crusaders, 32-25, in Dover on September 15, but Wesley stills owns a 4-3 series lead. This is the third-straight year the two teams have met in the Quarterfinals with the Wolverines victorious in the last two. It'll also be the seventh time overall the rivals have met in the postseason.
Strength of Schedule
Through the regular season, Wesley had the toughest schedule in the Nation according to the NCAA. The Wolverines faced five ranked teams and became the first school in small college history to take on four-straight ranked opponents in the regular season. Wesley took on five-straight ranked Division III teams when you include Huntingdon, who the Wolverines played after taking on a pair of non-D3 schools.
On The Crusaders
The second-ranked Crusaders boast a prolific scoring attack that averages 51.5 points per game and wins by an average of nearly five touchdowns. Quarterback LiDarral Bailey is the centerpiece of the offense, completing 71.7% of his passes for over 2,300 yards and 26 touchdowns while throwing just three interceptions. He is also the team's leading rusher with 842 yards and a team-high 13 rushing touchdowns.
Bailey also has plenty of weapons to work with as running Darius Wilson is just behind him with 814 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Fellow back Eijah Hudson has also found the endzone ten times on running plays to go with 561 yards.
On the receiving side, Geoff Myles is the man to watch with his team-leading 47 catches for 715 yards and five touchdowns. Myles also averages a whopping 32.1 yards per kick return. Jon Ross and Caleb Moore have also combined for 51 catches, 841 yards and eight touchdowns. Hudson and Wilson are also frequent targets out of the backfield.
While the offense might get most of the attention, Mary Hardin-Baylor is also very strong defensively. Javicz Jones is arguably the best defensive player in the Nation with 115 tackles, 10 TFLs, four sacks, seven interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles and recoveries. He also has blocked a kick for a team that has blocked 11 on the season.
Brodrick Cain is second on the squad with 68 tackles and four interceptions while Cody Jones and Jarred Favorite have 65 tackles apiece. Mike Maldonado has made 63 stops, five of which have gone for a loss, to go with four forced fumbles. Silvio Diaz has a team-high eight sacks. Jones and Eric Allen also have three picks each.
Wesley head coach Mike Drass has continued the Wolverines' winning tradition since taking over as head coach in 1993. Now in his 20th season as head coach, and his 24th overall with the program, Drass is among the top 10 of active coaches with a .785 winning percentage. Among coaches at the three four-year football programs in Delaware, Drass ranks second all-time to former Delaware head coach Tubby Raymond with his 177 wins. Raymond won 300 contests, but Drass' 78.5% winning percentage is the best all-time of any coach while at Wesley, Delaware or Delaware State. The Wolverines have finished .500 or better in all of Coach Drass' 20 seasons at the helm, with 12 seasons with at least eight wins and seven with at least ten win.
After starting the UMHB football program in 1998, it took Pete Fredenburg just four seasons to take the Cru to the NCAA Division III playoffs and just five years for him to guide UMHB to an American Southwest Conference championship. In only the seventh season of UMHB football, Fredenburg had the Cru in the NCAA Division III National Championship game. Fredenburg has compiled a 145-33 record in 15seasons as the only head coach in the history of the UMHB football program. The Cru were ASC Champions in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and ASC Tri-Champions in 2003 after winning their first ASC Championship in 2002. The Cru also finished the 2004 season ranked 2nd in the nation in all three of the major Division III National Polls. CThe Cru has also earned ten trips to the NCAA Division III Football Championships under Coach Fredenburg, claiming berths in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Fredenburg is a six-time ASC Coach of the Year and has earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors five times in his career. He had a thirteen-year tenure at Baylor University as Defensive Coordinator and assistant head coach. After the job at Baylor, he then moved to Louisiana State University. After one year at LSU, he was given the opportunity to be the Defensive Coordinator at Louisiana Tech University. He remained there for three years.