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HELIX HIGHLANDERS STREAK TO TITLE GAME REACHES 5 TIMES

2018 EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

CIF DIVISION I SEMI-FINALS

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ELELYON “FATO” NOA / PHOTO COURTESY OF VANILLA GORILLA PHOTOGRAPHY

#3 HELIX 42, #2 EASTLAKE 26

The Helix Highlanders (8-4) took not making the Open Division and used it as a message to the other teams in Division I and the Eastlake Titans were the latest victims of that message.

Early on it was all Highlanders as Elelyon “Fato” Noa took charge and showed why he is considered one of the best backs in all the county. On the opening possession, he took the handoff and zipped his way through the Titans defense all the way to the house for the 50-yard touchdown run. Helix after a defensive stop would score again via a 63-yard scamper right to left by Noa to extend the lead 14-0 with a little over seven minutes into the contest.

MICHAEL SHAWCROFT HAULS IN TD / PHOTO COURTESY OF VANILLA GORILLA PHOTOGRAPHY

Helix was able to extend their lead to 21-0 thanks to a Delshawn Traylor touchdown. Later on, in the second quarter, the Highlanders struck again when former Eastlake Titans quarterback Daniel Amon found Michael Shawcroft who was at the tight end position open for the 25-yard score to make it 28-0.

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Eastlake was finally able to put together a drive against the vaunted Highlanders defense and would score at the end of the first half when Richard Colmenero found Kevin Bateman for the 24-yard scoring haul to make it 28-7 at the break.

HELIX DEFENSE TAKING CHARGE / PHOTO BY VANILLA GORILLA PHOTOGRAPHY

The second half was more of the same as the Highlanders dominated. In the third quarter despite no score, the defense was able to procure three sacks of Eastlake.

With no points put on the board in the third quarter, Noa made sure that wouldn’t repeat in the fourth quarter as he zipped into the end zone for the 7-yard score to make it 35-7. The Titans on the ensuing kickoff thanks to Iyani Gaines who was able to break a tackle would take it all the way home for a 91-yard touchdown return. Unfortunately for the Titans, Noa wasn’t done for the night as he was able to put the nail in the coffin on the Titans season as he scored again this time from 62-yards out for his fourth touchdown of the contest.

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Noa for the Highlanders would finish with 287 yards on 25 carries and the 4 touchdowns.

With the victory the Highlanders move into a Championship game for the fifth time in a row and will take on Saint Augustine whom they already own a victory over in the regular season and also the last time the two met in the Open Division Championship 44-30 in 2015 under former coach Troy Starr.

Helix is 2-2 in their last four championship contests.

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