It was a convincing victory for Helias Catholic over Hannibal last night as the Crusaders cruised to a 52-14 win. They improve to 2-0 on the season after an aerial assault that Hannibal had no answer for. Alabama tight end commit Hale Hentges lead the way, breaking the all-time school record for career receptions.
Jefferson City (MO) Helias Catholic tight end Hale Hentges committed to Alabama a few months ago, and remains a firm pledge to the Crimson Tide. The pro-style offense Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin have implemented was the main draw for Hentges, and his two unofficial visits to Tuscaloosa won him over. He will take his official visit in January.
One of the more impressive prospects on hand was 2016 Hannibal offensive lineman Dylan Powell. His team struggled for most of the night but he continued to battle in the trenches against the Helias Catholic defensive ends. Powell has received serious interest early on from Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa.
The most impressive prospect during last night's Helias Catholic victory was their tight end Hale Hentges. Many of the programs did their homework on him, and did it well. Not only is he someone with strong character traits, the four-star senior is a lethal receiving threat. He's 6-foot-4, and up to 240 pounds, but has gotten considerably faster over the last several months. He's a long-strider and tough to bring down with one defender or with just an arm tackle.
If there's one area he could work on, Hentges could still become a more precise route-runner. He rounds off his cuts a bit still, but it is something that can definitely be improved upon.
Hannibal junior offensive lineman Dylan Powell emerged as a premiere prospect for me during Saturday night's tilt with Helias. He is about 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds but still growing. There's hardly any bad weight to be found on him, and he still has a frame that indicates more weight could be added with ease. An additional inch or two of height also can not be ruled out.
Powell is stronger than he looks and plays with a lot of nastiness to his game. He put defensive linemen on their back the entire night despite the struggles they had as a team. The success they did have offensively was running behind Powell who regularly cleared passageways for the ballcarriers to glide through. He was shifted all over the line as well, playing right tackle and left tackle.
Areas that can be improved upon would be quicker footwork, and a better understanding of the technique coming off the ball as a tackle. It shows that he hasn't learned a whole lot of pass protection as he was pretty raw in that phase of the game as well. He's someone that packs a very good punch and plays mean, though, and that translates to any level of football.
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