Heelan Football is the ABC9 Team of the Year

Published 05/21 2014 10:58PM

Updated 08/13 2014 10:10PM

The 2013 Heelan football team was one for the ages.  The Crusaders were only played close once, and that was in their first game of the season against Sioux City East.  After that Heelan rolled past teams on their way to a perfect 14-0 season.  Quarterback Trent Solsma threw for over 35-hundred yards and his 45 touchdown passes rank second all-time in Iowa history.  His two favorite targets were Connor Niles and Phillip Jacobson.  The two receivers became the only teammates to play in the same years to both go over 2,000 yards receiving for a career.  Nobody could stop Heelan's high powered offense as they averaged 43 points per game.  The defense was also the real deal.  The Crusaders gave up just 11 points per contest, and gave up more than two touchdowns in a game just three times.  Heelan put their stamp on history by setting or tying nine state championship game records on offense in a 47-14 blowout of Washington.

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