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The Helias Crusaders entered Saturday afternoon’s game averaging nearly 48 points per contest. That average will go down. The win total, however, went up.
There was a definite sense something was brewing. The Jefferson City Jays and the Chaminade Red Devils were tied at 1 at the half Friday afternoon in the first game of the Art Firley Shootout at the 179 Soccer Park. But the Red Devils were pressuring the defense of the Jays in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.
Crusaders pick up 'team win' in soccer
The effort was the big thing. The result on Senior Night was the icing on the cake.
C.B.C. quarterback Tyler Creath went down with a knee injury in the second half of the Cadets’ 14-11 victory against DeSmet last week. And while published reports state the senior is not expected to play Saturday afternoon against Helias at Adkins Stadium, the Crusaders won’t let it alter their preparations.
Big players come up big in big games. That’s a lot of bigs. But the bigs did the job Monday night for the Jefferson City Jays. Jefferson City scored in the first three minutes against Helias, then added three more goals in the second half in taking a 4-0 decision at the 179 Soccer Park.
Motivation won’t be a problem tonight at the 179 Soccer Park.
It was their best overall performance in years. And they want more. “When I met with the kids on Monday morning, they were ready to go,” Helias coach Phil Pitts said as the Crusaders (4-2, ranked No. 4 in Class 4) prepare to take on the MICDS Rams (3-3) on Saturday afternoon in St. Louis. “They saw that it was a lot of fun on Saturday night and they’re ready to do it again.”
There’s a first time for everything. In his 20-plus years as a head coach, Eddie Horn has never had a team win by 10 goals to bring an early end to a game. But Tuesday was the day, as the Jefferson City Jays scored four times in the first 20 minutes on their way to a 10-0 victory against the Battle Spartans at the 179 Soccer Park.
A long few days may have caught up with the Helias Crusaders. It was Homecoming weekend at Helias and then the Crusaders went to Moberly on Monday night and posted a 2-1 victory in overtime against the Spartans.
Helias blasted a state-ranked Class 6 squad with a 59-21 victory against No. 5 Rock Bridge on Saturday night at Adkins Stadium.
Homecoming is a time for parades, dances and an easy victory against an overmatched opponent on the football field. Helias has the parade and dance covered. The overmatched opponent part ... “It’s not like we have a lot of easy games on our home schedule,” Helias coach Phil Pitts said as the Crusaders (3-2, No. 5 in Class 4) prepares to face the Rock Bridge Bruins (4-1, No. 5 in Class 6) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Adkins Stadium.
Everything was going their way.
The Rock Bridge Bruins didn’t see a strike they didn’t like.
When Todd Buschjost of Helias scored on a 2-yard run on the opening play of the second quarter Saturday afternoon against Vashon, there was 11:49 on the scoreboard clock.
A scrambling quarterback gave the Helias Crusaders fits last Friday night. They’re going to get another opportunity to face one Saturday afternoon when the Crusaders (2-2, ranked No. 5 in Class 4) travel to St. Louis to take on the Vashon Wolverines (3-1) at Gateway Tech High School.
You could feel the sense of relief.
It might be time to get behind APU. And it has nothing to do with slow sales at the Kwik-E-Mart.
Heading into the soccer season, the Jefferson City Jays saw an early three-game stretch that would be a good test to see what kind of team they were.
By definition, halves are equal. But in football, they aren’t. At least they weren’t Friday night as the Helias Crusaders saw a 17-0 halftime lead evaporate in a 27-17 loss to the Hickman Kewpies at Adkins Stadium.
The final on the scoreboard looked awfully familiar.
The Helias Crusaders found inspiration from a teammate lost for the season a little more than 24 hours before last week’s dominating win at Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame. The Crusaders will be looking for that same intensity Friday night when Helias (2-1, ranked No. 3 in Class 4) hosts Hickman (1-2) at Adkins Stadium.
Helias was tested Tuesday night. The Crusaders passed, beating the Fulton Hornets 3-2 at the 179 Soccer Park.
Helias senior running back Brock Gerstner was finishing the Crusaders’ walk-through for Friday’s game against Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame when a teammate accidently fell into him, breaking one of Gerstner’s legs.
The Helias Crusaders could do little wrong in the first half of Friday’s game against Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame. The Crusaders scored six first-half touchdowns and routed Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame 51-12 on Friday night.
In Game 1, it was a brand of old-man football. Last week, it was kicked up into the 21st century. The Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame Raiders have shown both ends of the offensive spectrum early this season. And it’s up to the Helias Crusaders to prepare for both for Friday night’s game in Quincy.
The scoreboard said one thing, the head coach said another. “We had some moments where we did some nice things, but there were moments where we didn’t look all that sharp,” Jays coach Eddie Horn said Tuesday night after Jefferson City blanked Hickman 5-0 at the 179 Soccer Park. “It was just our second game, I know that, but I think we could have played a little better.”
The Helias Crusaders had a little more than a week to think about it. Saturday night, they did something about it.
When attempting to come up with a lineup for today’s opening cross country meet, Helias coach Mary Haskamp has used a pencil. With a big eraser.
With just a handful of starters returning, the Helias Crusaders went to what has worked before — start in the back with the defense, then worry about getting some offense. The defense has done its part in the first week of the soccer season. And the offense has more than held up its end of the bargain. “We didn’t know how well we’d play at the start,” Helias coach Chuck Register said after the Crusaders posted their second 2-0 victory in three days at the 179 Soccer Park, this one against the Camdenton Lakers. “But to win 2-0 in both games, I’m pretty pleased.
After last year’s one-point loss to Harrisonville to open the season, Helias rebounded with a resounding victory against Sedalia Smith-Cotton. With the Crusaders hosting the Tigers on Saturday night at Adkins Stadium, Helias is looking for history to repeat itself for a second straight week.
It was just about all the Helias Crusaders could have expected from their soccer season opener. Especially on the scoreboard. Gage West scored once in each half Tuesday night at the 179 Soccer Park and the Helias defense did a great job of limiting Kirksville’s scoring chances as the Crusaders posted a 2-0 victory.
The Helias Crusaders feel like they’re ahead of the game.
The talent is there for a successful season.
After a Harrisonville touchdown pulled the Wildcats to within a point of Helias at 21-20 with a little more than three minutes remaining Friday night, it faced a decision. Go for the tie and kick the extra point or try for two and potentially win it. “We knew what they were going to do it,” Helias coach Phil Pitts said. But the Crusaders couldn’t stop it. Wildcats quarterback Zach Davidson ran for the 2-point conversion as Harrisonville posted a 22-21 victory against Helias at Adkins Stadium.
The Helias Crusaders have been to the football state championship game five times in the past 15 seasons, including three of the last five. Last year’s loss to Webb City in the Class 4 title game was the sixth straight season Helias has had its season ended by the eventual state champion. Those are signs of a good program, a very good program. But that’s not what the Crusaders are striving for.
The Helias Lady Crusaders are jumping right into the deep end at the start of the golf season. The Lady Crusaders will open the season today, playing in the Camdenton Invitational at the tough Old Kinderhook Golf Course.
If you’re buying what he’s selling, you need to keep better tabs on your wallet. Ryan Braun issued a statement Thursday about his being suspended 65 games by Major League Baseball for use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
It was almost a perfect Jamboree for the Helias Crusaders. The Crusaders did give up a touchdown while scoring six times against their three opponents Friday night. And their end zone camera didn’t work. Plus the Jamboree got started 15 minutes late when one team finally arrived after first going to a different high school. In a city nearly 45 miles away.
Only one player has the responsibility to know what each and every one of his teammates is expected to do. That’s the quarterback. Wyatt Porter, a senior, is entering his second season as a starter for Helias.
It must have looked like a scene reminiscent of a 1970s gangster movie. The heads of college football’s five families — the Southeastern Conference, the Big XII, the Big Ten, the Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conference — were holding a BCS members only meeting.
The No. 37 was prominently displayed on a board adjacent to the field Wednesday night.
When Phil Pressey announced he was making himself available for the NBA Draft, one thought crossed the minds of Missouri Tiger basketball fans. Huh?
The numbers were outstanding this week for the Helias girls basketball camp. So was the talent.
It’s been less than a month since Jacob Wadley took over as head wrestling coach at Helias. So it’s understandable if he is still working out some of the kinks that come with the position.
Eddie Horn, the longtime head coach for the Jays who was the first coach in history of the Jefferson City girls program, will return to the Lady Jays’ sideline next spring.
No. 5 is back in the dugout for the Kansas City Royals. It’s enough to warm the heart of Royals fans, nostalgic for the days when Kansas City was a consistent winner.
It may have taken awhile, perhaps longer than they would like.
The little things added up Saturday night as the Lady Jays fell 3-1 to the Nixa Lady Eagles in a Class 3 quarterfinal contest at the 179 Soccer Park.
Saturday’s loss to Nixa not only ended the season for Jefferson City — it was the final game for Lady Jays head coach Matt Stacey.
It would be special for the Jefferson City Lady Jays to advance to the Class 3 soccer Final Four. But Lady Jays coach Matt Stacey doesn’t think his team needs to do anything special today to get there. “We just need to keep playing the way we’ve been playing,” Stacey said as Jefferson City prepares to host the Nixa Lady Eagles in a quarterfinal contest at 5:30 p.m. today at the 179 Soccer Park.