Lakers Leading The Charge
The three-headed monster of Mercyhurst Prep running backs has terrorized District-10 through the halfway point of the year. Friday was no different as senior back Zack Helsley scored three touchdowns to lead the backfield by committee to a 47-0 bashing over Harbor Creek.
“I want to take this team real far," said Helsely. " I want to win D-10. Just pushing every week is how we are going to get there and I'm just making all these memories with my brothers."
Helsley's 166 yards were complimented out of the backfield by Steve Smith and Khalil Barnes who each added two scores.
The three-back committee combined for a total of 285 yards.
"We just know that any of us can touch the ball and we can score," said Barnes. "We just tell each other, touch the ball and try and get into the end zone>"
As dominant as the Lakers offense is, Harbor Creek was just the latest victim of the Mercyhurst Prep defense who recorded its first shutout of the year.
"Defense is everything right there," said Smith. "There's the no-fly zone and we just don't let any passes or let anybody try to get down the field on us."
The Lakers have limited its five opponents to just 50 total points through the halfway mark of the year and showed once again Friday why they have a shot to go undefeated in the regular season for a second straight year.
"We returned eight guys from last year when we were top five in District 10 and top five in the states," said Mercyhurst Prep head coach Jeff Root about his defense. "We're playing well right now. They're fast, they run to the ball and there are some big guys up front that occupy space."
Mercyhurst Prep has now won its last 18 regular season games dating back to 2016.
However, Root says it will be about stringing together victories in the postseason that will matter.
"We've got some great teams in our region that we get to face week-in-and-week-out," said Root. "We've got to use these games to get ready because the teams down South are just tremendous. All those teams could win it. We want to be a part of that and we want to go in there hopefully this year and get some wins and knock on that door that we did last year and this time kick it in and open it up.
Mercyhurst Prep looks to remain unbeaten next week when they face Fairview. Harbor Creek will hope to rebound at Girard.