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HIGHLANDERS STIFLE WARHAWKS WITH DEFENSE

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EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL CIF OPEN DIVISION

By Adam Paul

La Mesa – On a night in front of a huge crowd the No. 7 Madison Warhawks looked to make their presence known in the Open Division with a victory over the No. 2 Helix Highlanders.

Even though both teams offenses put up a lot of points. Helix on the season is averaging about 45 points a game while the Warhawks are averaging about 40 points a contest. Unlike the other contests on the night the offenses of both teams were very limited on the night.

In fact the first quarter was pretty much a scoreless wash but Helix was finally able to break through as Chase Keaton was able to boot a 27-yard field goal. Later in the quarter the Highlander defense would strike as they would back Madison up to their own end zone before Jagger Giles would tackle Kenan Christon for a safety in the end zone to make it 5-0.

Despite no real offense on the night the Highlanders would receive their biggest burst on ensuing free kick thanks to Isaiah Wooden who isn’t a stranger to returning kicks to the house. He would field the free kick and do his thing and make the Madison special teams look silly all the way to the house for the 55-yard score and for his fourth touchdown return on the season to give Helix a 12-0 lead.

Helix later on the third quarter would push their lead further thanks to a Carson Baker touchdown strike to Wooden to make it 19-0. The only thing left unanswered is whether Madison would go down without a fight.

Rick Jackson’s squad answered that question as they would get a field goal from David Lantz and then Ke’ontae Springs would haul in a Daniel Stokes pass for a 31-yard score. The two would score the two point conversion to make the score 19-11 with a little over five minutes in the game.

The eight points would be the closes the Warhawks would get as the Highlanders behind Eleyon Noa their running back who on the night ran for 160 yards would run the clock out for the victory.

One of the big keys to the game was the fact that the potent Warhawk offense was limited to just a tad over 20 yards in the first half and only 151 yards on the evening.

 

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