ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' football made its case to get into the NCAA Division III playoffs with an 83-6 win over crosstown rival McMurry on Saturday afternoon on Military Appreciation Day at Shelton Stadium.
Now the Cowboys must wait to see if their body of work was enough to get them one of the five at-large selections into the playoffs. The announcement will come at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday on NCAA.com.
HSU is now 9-1 on the year and 8-1 in American Southwest Conference action. McMurry closed its season with a record of 2-8 overall and 2-7.
The Cowboys came out early and put the game out of reach in the first quarter. The defense forced a punt on the opening possession and the Cowboys then went 38 yards in four plays and Bryson Hammonds started a big day with a 21-yard touchdown run.
HSU then forced another punt and Reese Childress capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run and HSU led 14-0 with 7:39 to play in the quarter. The defense forced another punt and then Hammonds scored from 12-yards out. On the first play of the next McMurry possession, Blake Johnston forced a fumble and Eriq Mitchell picked it up and sprinted 25 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-0.
Johnston then intercepted a Kevin Hurley pass and Hammonds ran in from 24 yards out on the next possession to make it 35-0 with :04 to play in the first quarter.
McMurry scored its only points of the game on the first drive of the second quarter when Hurley hit Trevion Harris on a 7-yard TD pass. Hunter Creasey blocked the extra point.
In the third quarter. Hammonds added two more rushing touchdowns on runs of 19 and six yards. He had five rushing touchdowns and one more receiving in the game. He also had 205 rushing yards in the game to go over 1,000 for the year after taking over in game five as the starter.
Ty Hooper hit Kevi Evans on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 4:47 to play in the third quarter and hit Reese Childress on a 14-yarder on the first drive of the fourth quarter. It was the final guaranteed plays for Childress and Hooper who are both seniors.
Childress went over 200 catches for his career. He had 11 catches for 139 yards in the game.
Quay Stokes capped the scoring with an 11-yard touchdown run for the Cowboys. The PAT snap was botched. Kicker Jamie Pogue was 11-for-11 on PATs and he set the school record for PATs in a season with 67.
The Cowboys had 676 yards of offense, including 392 on the ground. HSU set the school record for rushing yards in a season with 2,848 yards.
The game featured a flyover from Dyess, a tribute to Fallen Heroes by the bands and presentation at halftime to families of fallen soldiers. It was also senior day for the 32 Cowboy seniors.
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