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LA MESA – Up 27-0 at the halftime when Lightning struck as was the case around the county caused the game to be delayed. After a while, both coaches met and came to an agreement that the game would be called and that the Highlanders would be declared the victors in the annual “Battle of The Musket” contest.

“Challenge of the Sword” / Photo by Vanilla Gorilla Photography

Prior to the contest the Annual “Challenge of the Sword” took place.

Both teams came into the contest on different sides of the spectrum with the Foothillers having lost 5 of the previous 6 contests while the Highlanders winning multiple games in a row.

The Highlanders started out with the ball and turned it over to the Foothillers via a fumble. However, the Foothillers turned it back over to Helix as Jaime Odom threw a ball that was picked off by Jacob Ray who scampered all the way down to the 9-yard line of Grossmont. A couple plays later Delshawn Traylor would find his way into the end zone for the score and make it 7-0. After a three and out by Grossmont the Highlanders got the ball back and moved down the field but the drive would stall and lead to a 25-yard field goal by Elijah Laing to make it 10-0.

Elelyon Noa carries the ball / Photo by Vanilla Gorilla Photography

Helix would get the ball back and take advantage as they ran a trick play consisting of a flea flicker from Daniel Amon to Traylor to Kamryn Brown for the 31-yard hookup and score to make it 17-0. Grossmont with the ball back thought they had momentum but the Highlanders stingy defense stopped them in their tracks and forced another punt.

A couple possessions later for the Highlanders, Elylyon Noa would show why he is considered one of the best backs in the county as he would break tackles all the way to the house for the 25-yard score to extend the lead 24-0.

The Highlanders again would tack on another Laing field goal at the half to extend their lead. This time he would boot a 29-yarder which made it 27-0 and would stand as lightning struck and the game being called.

On the night for Helix, Amon finished 4-of-8 for 73 yards while on the other side Odom finished 10-of-27 for 69 yards and an INT. Noa on the ground for Helix finished with 90 yards and the score on 14 carries. Skip Waltower for Grossmont caught 4 balls for 38 yards.

Assuming CIF keeps everything the same the Highlanders move to 5-3 and 3-0 in league and will take on Granite Hills next week for the Grossmont League Crown while the Foothillers now at 2-6 will travel to take on Steele Canyon.


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