In a rematch of the final week of league play, the Helix Highlanders (8-2) hosted the Valhalla Norsemen (8-2). The Highlanders took this victory for a second time in a row, this time 14-0.
The start of the first quarter was quite the stalemate, until Helix’s Rashad Scott made a big INT play. That set QB Carson Baker for a seven yard touchdown on a quarterback keeper. The Scotties went into the second quarter up 7-0. A well-prepared Valhalla defense would keep the Highlanders from scoring again before the half. The big play of the second quarter was Evan Perkins first INT of the night. Helix went into halftime up just 7-0.
When the Scotties returned for the third, Ezekiel Noa brought the usual thunder. His 61-YD run set up for a 3-YD touchdown pass from Baker to Jaylen Arnold. That put the Scotties up 14-0, the final score for this game.
The real story in this game was the Helix defense. Two INTs by Evan Perkins, and one a piece by Rashad Scott and Scott Young gave their team quite the advantage. The Helix defense also added two big sacks to their stat sheet.
The Highlanders advance to play the Rancho Bernardo Broncos in the Open Division semifinals next week. Helix will host the number three seed next Friday. The winner will go on to play the winner of the Mission Hills vs. Cathedral Catholic game in the Open Division Finals. For the highlights of next week’s game, tune in to the Prep Pigskin Report Friday at 10:30 p.m.
PREVIEW: In the first round of playoffs for the Open Division title, the Valhalla Norsemen will take a familiar trip to the home of the Helix Highlanders. In the final week of league play, these two teams went head to head with the Highlanders claiming the victory.
The Highlanders took the win 40-13 the last time they played the Norsemen. Rashad Scott played a big part in his team’s win. Scott led his team in receiving yards, racking up 141 yards against the Norsemen and has 633 total rushing yards this season. Like Scott, teammate Duce Reynolds put up two touchdowns in their last game. As always, the Noa brothers were a force to be reckoned with. Having only lost two games this season, the Highlanders have definitely hit their stride. It’ll be hard for the Norsemen to stop Helix from finding the endzone.
The Norsemen will definitely be hungry for a win and working towards a better outcome. With only two losses tainting their season (Helix and Grossmont), the Norsemen went in to the Open Division as the 7th seed. Key players for the Norsemen include QB Dennis Dahlin, Jerome Johnson and Jacob Paape. The Norsemen have another tough game ahead of them, but they go into this game with the advantage of having gone up against Helix just two weeks ago.
The winning team will advance to play the winner of the Rancho Bernardo Broncos vs. Oceanside Pirates game in the semifinals. For the highlights, tune in to the Prep Pigskin Report Friday night at 10:30 p.m.