Crosstown rivalry, collegiate fashion: McMurry, HSU soccer battle

The Hardin-Simmons vs. McMurry football series has been one-sided in recent years.

Well, for many years.

Since the founding of the Wilford Moore Trophy in 1998, presented to the winner, the Cowboys have beaten the Indians / War Hawks 19 times to defeat. That was 2011, 24-14 at Wilford Moore Stadium.

Overall, HSU owned the series 30-4.

For those who didn’t know, Moore of Littlefield played soccer at HSU and graduated in 1941. But after World War II he trained with McMurry, first as an assistant and then as head coach from 1947-54. Moore trained the Indians to a 49-29-5 record.

The teams met for the second time on Saturday in 2021 after playing a spring schedule for both schools for the first time. The Cowboys won 49-7.

McMurry came into play with a win, while HSU, ranked 7th nationwide, suffered a narrow 30-24 defeat at Mary Hardin-Baylor in 3rd place in Belton.

The fans of both teams were excited for a fall matchup at Shelton Stadium.

McMurry fired, ran back the opening kick, and led until the beginning of the third quarter. The War Hawks rallied a fumble in the end zone late in the game to score a touchdown, but HSU ran out of time for a 24-21 win, their closest game in years.