Hardin-Simmons’ Jessie Ramos has been selected as one of the 10 semifinalists for the 2015 Gagliardi Trophy which is given to the most outstanding football in NCAA Division III by Jostens and the J-Club of Saint John’s University of Minnesota and is named after legendary coach John Gagliardi the all-time wins leader in college football history.
Jessie Ramos, Marshall Agan and Nico Francino picked up individual awards and 22 Hardin-Simmons football players were honored by the American Southwest Conference’s six head coaches in their yearly awards that were announced on Thursday.
Hardin-Simmons’ football team will have a rematch with conference rival Mary Hardin-Baylor in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Division III Football playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 21 at noon at Shelton Stadium.
Hardin-Simmons comes into the game with a lot on the line. If the Cowboys win and Mary Hardin-Baylor beats East Texas Baptist, HSU will share the ASC title with ETBU and UMHB. If ETBU beats UMHB, the Tigers are the outright champion. It is also senior day for the Cowboys’ 19 seniors and the last guaranteed game at Shelton Stadium.
For the second straight week, the Cowboys will play a team that is undefeated and tied with them at the top of the American Southwest Conference standings. East Texas Baptist comes into the game at 6-2 overall and 3-0 in ASC play. HSU is 8-0 overall and 3-0 in league play. The winner of the game will clinch at least a share of the ASC title.
Hardin-Simmons had three football players – Nico Francino, Trent Walker and Conlan Aguirre - named to the 2015 Division III/CoSIDA all-district VIII team as voted on by the sports information directors in the district, which includes Texas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Washington, Oregon and California.
Hardin-Simmons’ football team had lost 13 straight games in every way imaginable to Mary Hardin-Baylor over the last 11 years, but the Cowboys came up with a stellar performance and knocked of the No. 2/3 ranked Cru 29-26 on Saturday afternoon in front of a raucous crowd of 3,864 at Shelton Stadium.
Hardin-Simmons and McMurry will meet for the first time since 2011 in the Wilford Moore Trophy game at noon on Saturday at Wilford Moore Stadium at McMurry. The Cowboys own a 24-4 all-time record against McMurry, but the War Hawks won the last meeting 24-14 in 2011.
Hardin-Simmons’ football team capped an exciting last minute drive with a 11-yard touchdown pass from Weston Garner to Reese Childress to top No. 18 Texas Lutheran 35-27 on Saturday evening at Bulldog Field in Seguin.