Crusaders find some defense, pull away from Eagles in district opener

Helias defeated Liberty Wentzville 66-42. (KRCG 13 Photo/Rod Smith)

It was nine weeks ago that this high school football season started, a night of celebration at Helias.

Welcome to the world, Ray Hentges Stadium, as all this concrete, all these bleachers, and this 120-yard plot of lovely, fuzzy green field turf came to life.

A thing of beauty. It's what this 2017 season will be remembered for.

Now, this --- this football game was not a thing of beauty, but this Helias football season still has life.

In a defensively-challenged affair, Blake Veltrop rushed for four touchdowns as the Crusaders pulled away in the second half to the throttle the Liberty-Wentzville Eagles 66-42 in the Class 4 District 7 opener Friday night at Ray Hentges Stadium.

It really doesn't matter if this were an attractive outing, or not. Because at this point, just win and advance --- that's the name of the game.

Helias (5-5), the district's No. 4 seed, had its way on offense against No. 5 seed Liberty (5-5) from start to finish. But in the first half, the same could be said the other way.

Tackling seemed like a foreign concept. To put it another way, you'll see better tackling on a Tuesday afternoon at the mall than you saw on this football field Friday night.

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