UMHB may have been the higher ranked team in the D-III matchup, but you don't usually see a level of domination like this among two top-5 teams.  The UMHB Crusaders aren't "most teams" however, and their utter dominance over the 5th-ranked Wesley College Wolverines is what followers of Coach Fredenburg's squads have come to expect.

 

Photo by John Medina

 

UMHB debuted their new digs in style, with a 35-7 win that saw Wesley's only score coming with less than six minutes remaining in the game.  The defense made sure an early lead held up, giving up only 105 yards of offense.  The biggest moment of the day came before the first 6 points were even put up on the scoreboard as Crusader Stadium had 9,000+ fans for its first true "home" game.

Playing at Belton High's Tiger Stadium was OK, but a program this big ON the field deserves a stadium that offers its fanbase something OFF the field.  Not only does Crusader Stadium give fans, players, alumni & faculty something to be proud of, it also represents a true coming-out party more than a decade in the making.  The Cru now go from playing home games on a field that doesn't even have their name or logo on it, to playing at what instantly becomes one of the toughest places to play in D-III football.

This is a UMHB team that regularly makes trips deep into the D-III playoffs, and when you're going up against the top teams in the country come playoff time you want a true homefield advantage.  Crusader Stadium is the answer.  Not only is the new stadium a truly remarkable architectural structure, it's also instantly one of the toughest D-III stadiums to play in America.  Add in Coach Fred's magic on the field with a rowdy, loud crowd in the seats, and UMHB finally has a true college football gameday experience to rival anyone.