EC Preps




By Adam Paul

LA MESA – The San Marcos Knights came into the East County looking to pull off a big victory on Friday night but unfortunately the Highlanders had other ideas as they would prevail 62-41.

The night got started with a bang for the Highlanders on the third play of the game as Carson Baker was able to find Rashad Scott who streaked his way to house for a 63-yard score to make it 7-0.

This was as close as the Knights would trail as the Highlanders just put everything into overdrive on both sides of the ball. They would eventually lead 49-6 at the break which included a pick six by Patane to put them up 21-0. The big guy on the night was Elelyon Noa who would score a touchdown to start the second quarter to make it 28-0 and he would score again on a 40-yard dash after Isaac Taylor Stuart made an interception. Now the score was 35-0.

San Marcos would eventually get on the board with a field goal to trail 35-3 with about 5:30 remaining in the first half. However the Highlanders would score again as Stuart scampered in from 12-yards out to make it 42-3.

In the second half the Knights offensively came to life as they would score on a 30-yard touchdown to trail 49-13. They would score the next batch of points to make the score 49-27 with 10:08 left in the fourth.

Helix would score a couple more times as would the Knights to round out the scoring.

On the night for the Knights, Miles Hastings would finish 22 of 35 passing for 410 yards and 4 touchdowns. For the Highlanders, Carson Baker threw for 225 yards on 12 of 17 passing and one score and he scored a couple times on the ground.

However the big night once again belonged to Noa who ran his way through the San Marcos defense to the tune of 302 yards on 35 carries and scored 4 times.

With the victory the Highlanders keep their date with #1 Mission Hills for the Open Division Championship and the matchup everyone in San Diego has wanted to see since the season began. The championship contest will take place at Southwestern College next Saturday.



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