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HIGHLANDERS CLAIM CLASH OF TITANS

2019 EAST COUNTY FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

#1 HELIX 44, #2 SAINT AUGUSTINE 38

SAN DIEGO – In front of a packed house out at Mesa College, all the fans who paid money got their monies worth as both teams would combine for 82 points and an almost comeback.

Before the comeback possibility by Saints, the Helix Highlanders completely dominated the game for three quarters and showed why they were the best team in all of the land and the best of the vaunted Gauntlet Series.

Early on though the Highlanders would miss an opportunity to put points on the board when Elijah Liang missed a field goal. But that would be wiped out when the defense picked things up recovering a bad snap fumble on the exchange between Angelo Peraza and Byron Cardwell. The bad snap fumble would be picked up by Jeremiah Fletcher who rumbled 25-yards all the way to the house for a 7-0 lead.


They would extend their lead not five minutes later when the Swiss army knife Delshawn Traylor ran it in from 19-yards out to make it 14-0. Saints would finally have a play go their way when Malcolm Williams would get his paws on Kamryn Brown and sack him but in the process, the ball would jar loose and Gracen Holden scooped it up and ran it to the 2-yard line of Helix.

Saint Augustine would finally get on the board a couple of plays later when Peraza found Sam Scaife IV for 3-yards to make it 14-7. This would be the closest the Saints would get for a while as Helix would add 14 more points to extend their lead 28-7.

The first score would come courtesy of Kamryn Brown found Keionte Scott hauled in an 18-yard score, he would then catch a 72-yard score.

Helix would lead 31-10 at intermission. On one side the pro Saints crowd was stunned as they had been waiting for this matchup and so far the team hadn’t been playing up to the expectation. But on the other side, it was a completely different story as the pro-Highlander side was excited as their team was showing who the real #1 team was and that there was no question and also no let down from last weeks huge victory over Nationally ranked Cathedral Catholic.

Not only was Saints hurting but so was their quarterback Peraza apparently and in came Richard Colmenero III for the entire second half.

But before he could do anything the Highlanders after recovering the second-half kickoff fumble by Saints the Highlanders on three plays would add to their lead as Elelyon Noa busted his way through to the house for the score and a 38-10 lead.

Saints though wouldn’t go down without a fight as Colmenero found Scaife from 55-yards out to make it 38-17.

Amazingly enough, after Helix tacked on another score to push their lead further the Saints tried the improbable in a comeback attempt.

Cardwell would score the next two times for Saints to pull within six points with less than two minutes in the ballgame but unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be as Helix crushed the hopes with a first down and were able to run out the clock.

On the night for the Highlanders, Noa finished with 271 yards on 29 carries and a score, Scott on the night finished with 90 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns.

For Saints, Colmenero in the second half threw for 242 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Next week the Saints who fall to 4-1 have a bye before taking on Morse while Helix improved to 3-1 will take on power Oaks Christian who will come into the contest ranked in the top 30 in the State.

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