JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (KMIZ)
The Helias Crusaders are just one win away from bringing a state championship trophy back to Jefferson City.
The last time the Crusaders won a title was back in 1998.
Head coach Chris Hentges said he is ready to bring that winning tradition back to his school.
"It means a lot to the player, it means a lot to the coaches, it's something certainly we've been working for. An undefeated, state championship season has never happened here at Helias. We've had two state championship teams in 1984 and 1998," he said.
Both of those championship-winning teams were led by Chris' dad, Ray Hentges.
"He's excited. He's come to as many games as he possibly can," he said. "He's always supported us, supported me."
Helias will meet MICDS at Adkins Stadium on Friday night.
St. Louis football teams started later into the season, due to COVID-19 restrictions in St. Louis County and St. Louis City.
"I really don't think about expereince or fresh legs versus conditioned legs or any of that. Really it's just about game plan," Chris said.