The #2 Helix Highlanders (11-1) rode a dominant first half performance to a 62-41 win over the #3 San Marcos Knights in the El Cajon Ford East County Game of the Week.
Helix advances to the Open Division championship game at Southwestern College, where they will face #1 Mission Hills (12-0) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 2.
The Scotties exploded onto the scoreboard against San Marcos, scoring a trio of touchdowns in the first 8 minutes. Rashad Scott struck first, taking a short pass from Carson Baker and outrunning the defense for 63 yards. Baker kept the next one himself, from 5 yards out. And then Tyreece Tarrant-Patane picked off a pass and turned it into 6 points.
They only picked up steam in the second frame, with Elelyon Noa plunging in from 3 yards out on the first play of the quarter. After an Isaac Taylor-Stuart interception, Noa snagged a bobbled snap and took it 40 yards for another score.
The Knights got on the board with a pair of field goals from Caleb Mancini. But the Highlanders added another pair of touchdowns, a 12-yarder from Taylor-Stuart and a 5-yarder from Carson Baker on the final play of the half -- pushing the score to 49-6.
San Marcos made a run in the second half, as Miles Hastings connected with Kyle Webb in the end zone and then found Josh Bornes for a catch-and-run score. Bornes added another touchdown on the ground to cut the margin to 49-27.
Noa put the game away for good after that, collecting his third touchdown from just a yard out and adding a fourth on a 48-yarder.
PREVIEW: A trip to the Open Division title game is on the line in the El Cajon Ford East County Game of the Week, as the #2 Helix Highlanders (10-1) host the #3 San Marcos Knights (9-2).
Each side comes equipped with a Silver Pigskin Finalist, as Helix's Isaac Taylor-Stuart and San Marcos' Kyle Philips will both take the podium on December 12 aboard the U.S.S. Midway.
Philips kicked off the Knights' playoff run with a bang, taking a short pass 71 yards to the house on the opening drive of their 41-21 win over #6 St. Augustine. The UCLA commit now has over 3000 career receiving yards and 30 touchdowns.
The highlight of the night belonged to future Aztec Josh Bornes, with a slick one-handed grab that turned into a 72-yard score. He shares backfield duties with Ethan Cline, who has 5 rushing touchdowns plus 4 kickoff return scores.
Cline also lines up at cornerback, while Bornes leads the team with 94 tackles from his middle linebacker position. Fellow linebacker Billy Bilicki has 91 stops of his own, while defensive end Quinn Roff has a team-high 9.5 sacks.
For the home side, Taylor-Stuart anchors a Highlander defense that has given up just 58 points all season (5.3 per game), the lowest mark in the county.
The Scotties got two scores from Isaiah Wooden in their 19-11 win over #7 Madison, one on a pass from Carson Baker and one on a kickoff return. Wooden has also returned 3 punts for scores this season (while averaging over 30 yards a pop), and leads the team with 610 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
Baker has thrown 30 scores overall, with just 3 interceptions, and has completed 69% of his passes. Six of his touchdowns have gone to SDSU commit Rashad Scott, who also has 7 interceptions (and 2 pick-sixes) on defense.
A pair of sophomores tote the rock for Helix. Elelyon Noa has racked up 118 carries for 976 yards and 7 touchdowns, while Delshawn Traylor has visited the end zone 8 times.
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