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SABRECATS WITHSTAND LATE HIGHLANDER RALLY

 

 

2018 EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

SAGUARO (Ariz.) 28, HELIX 21

On a nice afternoon at Cathedral High, the Helix Highlanders took on the Sabrecats who came into the Honor Bowl matchup the third-ranked team in Arizona and unfortunately couldn’t dig out of a first-half hole.

Early on the Highlanders were able to take a 7-0 lead as Delshawn Traylor was able to find Michael Shawcroft for a 24-yard scoring haul with 3:20 left in the first quarter after the drive had been extended as Daniel Amon was able to connect with Tim Christopher to the 24-yard line of the Sabercats.

Unfortunately, that would be the only lead Helix (1-2) would have in the first half as Saguaro would take advantage of opportunities to take a 28-7 lead at the half.

Things in the second half started going the Highlanders way as the defense really stepped up and was able to pick off a couple Saguaro passes.

One of the picks was intercepted by talented Highlander Shawcroft who timed the pick right and started taking off toward the house when he was able to lateral the ball but the ball hit the ground and was picked up by teammate Xavier Hamlett who rumbled his way for the score.

The fantastic scoop and score definitely had an effect on the Highlanders as it gave them the jolt they were looking for as the play was ruled 85 yards.

On the very next Sabercat possession, the Highlander defense once again picked off a pass this time by Jacob Bay.

An unfortunate play occurred for the Highlanders when Daniel Amon was hit late and had to leave the game in the fourth quarter.

They were able to overcome the absence of Amon on another touchdown score by Hamlett but on another defensive stop by Helix, the Sabercats were able to use a weapon in their punter Parker Lewis who booted the ball all the way down to the Highlander 1 yard line.

So Helix had to go at it without Amon and his passing abilities and kept the ball on the ground until they attempted a couple passes at the end of the game in which they were still somewhat deep in their own territory.

 

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