EC Preps

POMA’S BIG NIGHT PROPELS VICTORY OVER HELIX

2018 EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

#4 CATHEDRAL 30, #6 HELIX 21

SAN DIEGO – In an anticipated matchup between two of the top teams in the county and the way the Open Division works this season with only the top four teams going a lot of people thought of this as a de facto playoff game.

The atmosphere was one of a clash of titans and indeed it was as two of the best running backs in the county would display their skills on the field.

For Helix, it was Eleyon Noa who was coming back from being in concussion protocol and for the Dons, it was Shawn Poma. Both didn’t disappoint the crowd.

However, there was other scoring and highlights besides the two running backs. Cathedral would start the scoring first as Josh Lewis would punch one in from short distance to give the Dons a 7-0 lead.

Helix in the second quarter would get the run game going as Noa was able to break through for a 14-yard score to tie the game at 7-7. The Highlanders would take their first lead when Noa again struck with a breakaway 56-yard rumble to the house to give Helix a 14-7 lead which would stand at the break.

Trailing by a score in the third quarter, Poma for the Dons got in on the action as he did his best beast mode imitation as he rumbled his way through the Helix defense with 6 minutes remaining to tie the score at 14-14.

Cathedral would retake the lead on a blocked punt which Jordan Allen took in for the score to make it 20-14.

The Highlanders knew they had to do something as they trailed heading into the fourth quarter. Once again Helix didn’t fret as the run game came through again. This time Xavier Hamlett was able to break through the line and through the Dons defense as he streaked his way to the house for a 64-yard score to give Helix the lead 21-20 with 8:42 left.

Trailing by a point the Dons were able to move the ball but the drive would stall and they would have to settle for a field goal which was good and give them a 23-21 lead with just over three minutes remaining in the contest.

They would tack on the game clincher when Poma ran his way through the defense with less than a minute remaining for a 27-yard score.

On the night it was the running game for both teams as Poma would finish with 205 yards and 2 scores on 23 carries while Noa for Helix finished with 221 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.

With the loss the Highlanders fall to 1-3 and next week will head back to La Mesa to take on St. Augustine in another anticipated matchup. The loss could also could put them into the Division I playoffs but the schedule will determine that fate later on.

 

 

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