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SPRING VALLEY (11-1-19) – It was a battle from the beginning as the Steele Canyon Cougars (9-1, 4-1) showed why they were a team that was deserving to be considered for a spot in the Open Division Playoffs as they jumped out to an early 14-0 lead.

The Cougar’s first score came when Antoine Walker made what was said by many at the game to be a play of the year catch leaping and hauling of a 23-yard pass from Elia Kirisimasi to make it 7-0 after the defense caused a fumble. They would extend their lead when Kirisimasi punched one in from a short distance.

Despite being down the Helix Highlanders (9-1, 5-0) didn’t fret and answered back when Christian Washington ripped off a run through vaunted Cougar defense for 43-yards and a score to make it 14-7.

Another score by the Cougars would give them another two-touchdown lead of 21-7 this time capped by another short Kirisimasi run. His touchdown was set up by a 62-yard catch by Angel Almazan.

The packed house which didn’t really fit into the tiny stadium as people were all over all around the field was on one side stunned and the other ecstatic at the halftime score.

But the deficit didn’t matter to Helix as they had been in the situation before and also didn’t want a repeat of last season to occur when Steel Canyon defeated them to clinch a tri-championship with Granite Hills.

In the second half, it was the Washington show as he raced his way through the Steele Canyon defense for three touchdowns on his way to 218 yards on the night on the ground.

Helix would eventually take a 28-21 lead but the Cougars would cut into the deficit when Cameron Ewart was able to pick up a safety sack bringing the score to 28-23 and the ball back with just a tad over 5 minutes remaining.

Unfortunately, the Cougars couldn’t capitalize and the Highlanders would get the ball back and would work a magic play.

Delshawn Traylor who is the Highlanders everything man took the snap and scrambled around where he looked like he was in the clutches of the Cougars defense only to break them and work his way to the sideline where he would before he ran out of bounds find wide-open Jahari Hill who raced his way for a 53-yard touchdown untouched.

For the Cougars, on the night Kirisimasi finished with 221 yards on 13-of-21 passing and the 2 scores on the ground.

With the win, the Highlanders improved their amazing league record over the last decade to 48-2 with their only losses to the Cougars last season and the El Capitan Vaqueros in 2014.

Helix also with the victory unless something wacky occurs sews up the top seed in the Open Division playoffs while the Cougars will more than likely be the top seed in Division I.


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