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HIGHLANDERS LOCKED AND READY TO RECLAIM SAN DIEGO AND BEYOND

2017 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW

By Adam Paul

Staff Writer

 The Highlanders are one of the more tradition rich programs in San Diego County and it is this that propels them to success on the field as expectations are known throughout the program.

This season will be no different as many media outlets have them ranked No. 1 in pre-season polls. Due to the high expectations the Highlanders thrive in an environment that only the most elite programs can.

Helix has a foundation coming back this season in elite lineman and an offense that features talent that is considered some of the most crem dela crem in the entire state. The success for Helix for many will be measured not just in last month of the regular season but in December in the postseason.

Robbie Owens who is in his 2nd season as head ball coach knows the stakes and will have the troops ready to roll.

Player personnel wise the Highlanders graduated a couple of Division I athletes from last year’s squad but will just reload and be as intimidating as last season if not more when it comes to both sides of the ball this season.

Returning for Helix at quarterback is senior and UC-Davis bound Carson Baker who passed for 2,776 yards and 23 touchdowns last season.

The receiver position for the Highlanders will be one of the best tandems in the county in San Diego State bound and All-Leaguer Rashad Scott. The 6-2 190lber caught 46 balls and scored 7 touchdowns. He will join an elite crop at SDSU next season. He is also considered one of the best on the defensive side as well.

The partner in crime will be one of the most decorated and recruited players to ever come out of San Diego and had the fastest 40 –yard dash at the Rivals Five-Star-Challenge. This is none other than Isaac Taylor-Stuart who transferred from Saint Augustine. He is being recruited by the whos who of colleges in the country including many national title contenders. Last season he rushed for 645 yards and 7 touchdowns and also was named to the All-San Diego CIF first team defense as a defensive back.

Other key players for the Highlanders include William Payne, Paka Rojas, Matthew Avii and Isaiah Mann who are considered the elite in the county.

Sophomore Elelyon Noa who burst onto the scene last season as a freshman in six games rushing for 637 yards including a big 180 yards against league foe Grossmont. His accomplishment helped garner him Rookie of The Year Honors in the county.

Defensively the Highlanders again will be one of the best in San Diego as many of the stars will play on that side of ball.

Helix will again as usual play one of the toughest non-league schedules in all of San Diego. This season will include a home opener against a highly ranked Herriman team out of Utah, Paraclete (Lancaster), Cathedral Catholic and Saint Augustine.

The expectations will of course be that they finish undefeated and make the Open Division San Diego CIF Section Playoffs and go onto win that and then move onto the State playoffs and claim another State championship. However despite the major expectations the caliber of ballgames on Friday nights will be awesome to watch.

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