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story.lead_photo.caption Nathan Schnieders makes a tackle against a Southern Boone wide receiver in Friday night's Jamboree at the Falcon Athletic Complex in Wardsville. Photo by Tara Goins

WARDSVILLE — Jacob Weaver's first pass attempt Friday night was intercepted.

"I could have come out a little better," Weaver, the Helias junior quarterback, said. "I just read it wrong. It was a rough start, I tried to let it go."

Weaver did a good job of letting it go, completing 11 of his 13 passes the remainder of the Jamboree. Two of those throws were for scores. He also ran three times for 22 yards and a touchdown.

"I know I can do better than I did tonight, but it was the first night, so there's plenty of time to improve," Weaver said.

Helias coach Chris Hentges was pleased with what he saw at the Falcon Athletic Complex.

"It was a good night," he said. "The execution was pretty high, we had some breakdowns and I'm sure we're going to see a few things when we go back over the film, but overall, it was a good night."

Helias opened against the Blair Oaks Falcons. In the Jamboree format, each team ran 12 offensive plays against the opposing defense.

The Crusaders totaled 82 yards and two touchdowns against the Falcons. Weaver threw a 15-yard scoring strike to Griffin Buschjost for the first touchdown, with the other score coming on a 2-yard run by backup quarterback Zach Wolken.

"Last year at the Jamboree, I was fighting for the spot with Daniel (Rhea)," Weaver said. "This year, I have Zach Wolken, he's a good quarterback, and we keep battling and battling."

Helias then faced Owensville and scored three times in racking up 129 yards against the Dutchmen.

Alex Clement ran 7 yards for Helias' first score before Weaver connected with Caleb Justice from 21 yards out for the second touchdown. The final score came on a 28-yard run by Brody Mays.

Helias scored one time in the final session against the Southern Boone Eagles, that coming on a 7-yard run by Weaver.

With Clement and Mays leading the way, the Crusaders had a good night running the ball. Helias averaged a little more than 10 yards per carry Friday night.

"They ran hard, the offensive line did a good job of blocking," Hentges said. "Plus our guys did a good job blocking on the edge and that's important because running outside is a big part of our offense."

Defensively, the Crusaders allowed one touchdown to each of their three opponents. Helias gave up a handful of big plays in the passing game due to coverage mistakes, but did a good job stopping the run.

"We got pressure on the quarterback, we have some athletic defensive ends in Caleb Justice and Damon Johanns," Hentges said. "We can make things uncomfortable for the quarterback."

The biggest thing to come out of the Jamboree was Helias came out of it without any injuries.

"That's always a good thing," Hentges said.

Helias is now in full preparation for next Friday night's season opener against Hannibal.

"Now it's time to build for Hannibal, that's going to be a tough one," Hentges said.

Game time is 7 p.m. at the Crusader Athletic Complex.

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