The 1-0 Helias Crusaders took on the Hannibal Pirates on August 30, at Adkins Stadium. The Crusaders’ offense, led by quarterback Alex Faddoul, showcased the Crusaders’ offensive ability, scoring 52 points in the game, while their defense only allowed 14 points.
The Crusaders’ ground game was Hannibal’s Achilles heel, as they yielded six rushing touchdowns in the game. The Pirates’ offense had no answer for the Crusader defense in the first half, in which they were shut out.
The first offensive series for the Crusaders started off with a pass from Faddoul to Hale Hentges for a huge gain, but it was called back by a holding penalty. The penalty did not slow down the Crusader offense. Faddoul ran the ball in for a touchdown after a high snap that almost sailed over his head.
The Crusader’s ground and pound didn’t stop there, Faddoul scored another rushing touchdown later in the game, Clayton Winters scored two rushing touchdowns, and both Malik Davis and Weston Porter added a rushing touchdown of their own. The lone passing touchdown was thrown from Faddoul to Chase Bexten in the end zone. Sophomore kicker, Sam Heckart, improved from the last game, where he only made three extra points with two missed field goals and one missed extra point, making all seven extra points and also booted in a 39 yard field goal late in the game.
Many backups were able to go in with the lead secured, Porter went in as a substitute for Faddoul “At first I thought coach was kidding when he told me I would go in at quarterback,” Porter said, “It wasnt until the third time that coach told me I was going in, that’s when I believed him.” Sophomore, Curtis Campbell came in to relieve Porter later in the game.
Senior tight end, Hale Hentges set a new school record for receptions with 120 career receptions, passing his uncle’s previous record of 116. With their first 2-0 start in five years they look to play the teams’ first away game against Althoff Catholic in Belleville, Illinois.