Mary Hardin-Baylor beats Brockport 24-0 in D-III semifinal
BELTON, Texas (AP) Markeith Miller ran for 139 yards and a touchdown as Mary Hardin-Baylor scored 21 first-quarter points and beat Brockport State 24-0 in a Division III semifinal on Saturday.
The defending National Champion and top-seeded Crusaders (14-0) will face No. 2 seed Mount Union (14-0) on Friday in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Virginia. Mount Union, which rallied to beat UW Oshkosh 43-40 in Saturday’s other semifinal, won the championship in 2015.
Carl Robinson threw for 161 yards and a touchdown, and Byron Proctor ran for a 1-yard score for Mary Hardin-Baylor. Miller surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the season and pushed his career total to 2,604 yards, the sixth player in program history to surpass 2,500 career yards rushing.
Joe Germinerio was 31 of 53 for 196 yards passing with two interceptions for Brockport (13-1), which advanced to its first semifinal.
Kris Brown intercepted Germinerio’s pass on the second play from scrimmage and ran 22 yards to the Brockport 15. Miller ran in for a 2-yard score two plays later.
On the next series, Germinerio led a 14-play drive to the Crusaders 28, but the drive stalled on two straight incomplete passes. Mary Hardin-Baylor marched it right back, and capped the scoring drive when Proctor bullied in on fourth-and-goal.
The Crusader’s Jordan Millar forced a Justin Morrison fumble to set up Robinson’s 29-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Josey, and the Crusaders led 21-0 with 3:16 left in the opening quarter.
John Mowery kicked a 25-yard field goal late in the third quarter.