CARVER – The final time Carver even sniffed a major Super Bowl run was again in 2000 when the Crusaders made the finals solely to lose.
Now, 23 years later, the undefeated Crusaders rolled to a 49-27 victory over No. 7 KIPP Academy, final 12 months’s Division 8 Super Bowl runner-up, to earn an opportunity on the Final Four in Division 8.
Sophomore Nathan Helms hauled in 5 catches for 72 yards and scored three first-half touchdowns, whereas his senior captain brother, Jameson, scored twice on dashing touchdowns, with each coming within the second half.
With the Helms brothers compiling 5 touchdowns, it overshadowed the superb work once more from senior quarterback Tyler Lennox. Lennox threw for 353 yards on 22-of-32 passing because the senior captain linked on 68% of his passing makes an attempt with 5 touchdowns via the air.
“It was a big game and it just felt good,” mentioned the youthful Helms. “Tyler is a great player, and he just throws dimes and it’s great having him as my quarterback. It’s not a bad thing being in the shadow of my brother because he’s just such a great player.”
Despite contributing a bit as a freshman, this was Nathan Helms’ first begin and he picked the proper time for his breakout recreation in one of many extra essential video games in current Carver soccer historical past.
“Nobody probably knew who number three was when he was out there, he was hurt for a few weeks, and he was outstanding. Robbie Peterson had two touchdowns and the other Helms had two so the brothers had five touchdowns and of course, Lennox did his thing”, mentioned Carver head coach Ben Shuffain. “The biggest game of these kids’ career and they got it done.”
The Panthers (7-3) can’t dangle their heads as senior quarterback Chanel Gutierrez did all he might to maintain his workforce within the recreation with 159 yards on solely 14 carries out a quarterback possibility model of offense. Morenel Castro was additionally excellent for KIPP with three dashing touchdowns, however it wasn’t sufficient as Carver strikes on to face the Hoosac Valley-Old Colony winner on Saturday, for the precise to go to Gillette Stadium.
Jack Balzarini, in his first begin as a defensive finish transferring up the road from linebacker, recorded two key sacks and added 4 quarterback pressures. James Callahan (11 tackles) and Teagan Zakrzewski anchored the remainder of the protection and restricted the KIPP Academy possibility runs many of the evening.
“It’s all the players and coaches working together, but without them buying and doing the little things – this doesn’t happen. The players get all the credit in the world,” mentioned Shuffain, who is simply in his second season after going 3-8 in 2022 for an entire flip of fortunes for the Crusaders. “Jack was nice performed some defensive finish final 12 months for us, however we knew we needed to bracket (KIPP) the tip as a result of they’re so quick to the surface. Jack is a heck of a soccer participant, was nice, and he gave us a little bit extra velocity on the tip. “