Chapman Football Falls to Mary Hardin-Baylor in NCAA First Round

Chapman Football Falls to Mary Hardin-Baylor in NCAA First Round

The Chapman football team fell to Mary Hardin-Baylor, 50-6 in Saturday's NCAA Division III Championship First Round contest at Crusader Field in Belton, Texas.

With the loss, Chapman concludes its stellar 2017 campaign, 6-3 overall. 

Mary Hardin-Baylor used a strong first half, highlighted by a 23-point second quarter, to post a 30-0 cushion at intermission. Fourteen points in the third quarter and six in the fourth sealed the win for the top-ranked team in the country as the Crusaders advance to the NCAA Second Round with an overall record of 11-0. 

Chapman's Ricky Bautista was 21-for-40 through the air for 207 yards with a touchdown and an interception. On the ground, Joe Mudie rushed for 39 yards on 15 carries, while Jacob Isabel led all receivers with nine catches for 85 yards. Trevor Vill pulled in two catches for 43 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown reception on the final play of the game to put the Panthers on the board. 

Defensively, Curt Calomeni led Chapman with 13 total tackles, while Andrew Dieken registered the Panthers' only sack of the game and broke up two passes. Chris Williams picked off a pass on Mary Hardin-Baylor's opening drive of the game. 

Chapman won six games in row after dropping its opening two games of the season to win the SCIAC championship outright with an unblemished 6-0 mark in league play. The Panthers won the conference title and earned the SCIAC automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championship for the second time in four years.