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HIGHLANDERS MAKE MAGIC WITH LATE HEROICS

2019 EAST COUNTY FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

CIF OPEN DIVISION SEMI-FINALS

#1 HELIX 12 (10-1), #4 SAINT AUGUSTINE 7 (8-3)

LA MESA (11-15-19) – Whoever came up with the phrase “It’s better to be lucky than to be good” obviously knew what they were talking about.

On Friday night the visiting Saint Augustine Saints in front of a capacity crowd at Jim Arnaiz field controlled the contest dominating their way after almost an hour.

It was a complete opposite of their previous contest earlier in the season when Helix dominated to almost see Saints roar back but eventually lose 44-38.

Neither team could punch it in and or take advantage of anything as turnover after turnover occurred.

Both teams would go into the intermission to a 0-0 game.

Eventually just before the third quarter ended Saints would get on the board when Richard Colmenero hooked up with Jalil Tucker for 36-yards to give them a 7-0 lead.

Helix would finally get on the board in the fourth quarter thanks to a special teams play setup courtesy of Jerry Riggins who blocked a punt that would be recovered by Jaiden Brown in Saints territory at the 12-yard line.

They would eventually get on the board on a seven-play drive capped by Keionte Scott taking a handoff and swerving his way from 10-yards out for the score with a little over two minutes remaining in the game. Unfortunately, the Highlanders would be called for taunting and the PAT was moved back and extra 15 yards after the flag was thrown and this would cost them as the kick was wide thus leaving the score 7-6.

Helix would kickoff but they would be called for a penalty on the kick and Elijah Lang would eventually kick it out of the end zone for the touchback.

After a couple of defensive stops, the unthinkable happened which some would call a miracle as on the very next play which for some reason would end up a pass play Samuel Stewart would jump in front of the Saints receiver and pick off the pass in which he scampered all the way to house for a 28-yard score.

The miracle pick-6 would give the Helix Highlanders a 12-7 victory.

On the night the Highlanders committed almost 10 turnovers and numerous penalties but would persevere.

Samuel Scaife IV had three interceptions on the night. He would also have a fumble recovery along with teammate Connor Heffler.

Sophomore running back Christopher Washington for Helix would rush 137 yards as the passing game was almost non-existent finishing with 41 yards. Helix as an offensive unit tallied a tad over 250 yards.

On the other side of the ball, the defensive unit kept the Saints run game to 5 yards and 120 total yards.

With the victory, Helix will now move on to face Carlsbad in the Open Division Championship next Saturday night in a quest for their 10th section title overall.

 

 

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