Helias beats Harrisonville to advance to title game

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Helias clinches championship spot

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — The Helias Crusaders are going back to work. And they’re darned happy about it.

“This is going to be the best week of practice ever,” Helias senior co-captain Justus Schulte said Saturday afternoon after the Crusaders claimed a spot in Class 4 state championship game with a 17-7 victory against the Harrisonville Wildcats.

“I’m just so thankful.”

The Crusaders (10-4) battled their way through adversity throughout the season to make it to next Saturday’s title contest against Webb City (14-0) at the Edward Jones Dome.

“I believe in this football team, in this program and the price that everyone has paid for us to get here,” Helias head coach Phil Pitts said. “When you’re around a group of people you believe in, it’s easy to stay together and keep fighting hard to reach your goal.”

Helias overcame adversity Saturday as well. On the first play from scrimmage, starting offensive and defensive lineman Will Fife went down with an injury and did not return to the game.

Later in the opening half, Helias lost another two-way lineman when Merlin Phelps was injured. He also did not get back in the contest. In addition, starting linebacker Michael Tannehill tweaked a previous leg injury in the game and was held out for precautionary reasons.

But a group of Helias reserves turned from ....

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