The Helias Monster

1 decade 2 years 4 months ago Wednesday, November 07 2007 Nov 7, 2007 Wednesday, November 07, 2007 1:59:07 PM CST November 07, 2007 in Sports

"Team defense. Tenacious," Ben Crider said.

"Tenacious," David Bax said.

"Tenacious," Danielle Cassmeyer said.

That's one way to describe it. 

Up front, it's Crider who leads the team with 15 sacks, but Crider says it's not all about him.

"For a sack really, it's more of a team thing, it's not just one guy, you know every guy on the field has to be doing their job. The guys in the back, they have to be covering well, long enough for you to get there. And they guys up front, they have to turn them around or something, hold them so you can get it. I've just been lucky enough to get in there," Crider said.

Lucky and good. Behind Crider it's Cassmeyer, patrolling the middle at linebacker.

"We work hard, and the reason we're at this point is because we worked hard this whole time, and we're all pretty good friends," Cassmeyer said.

Friends that help the Crusaders hold opposing teams to an average of 11 points a game. On Cassmeyer other's side is Bax, the team's leading tackler.

Bax says it's simple.

"Our defense is really good. We don't give up too many yards, we try to keep that to a minimum," Bax said.

Head coach Chris Hentges says that with all his defensive playmakers, it makes it easier on the offense.

"When you know you have a good defense covering your back, it certainly makes it easier to go for that 4th down at midfield, when you're thinking, well what if we don't make this? You rely on your defense to make the stops," Hentges said.

What do you call a defense like that?

"Physical. Hardworking. Tough," Hentges said.

Straight from the monster's mouth.

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