Week 11: Steele Canyon Cougars 22, Helix Highlanders 21

The Steele Canyon Cougars pulled the lead out from under the Helix Highlanders at the last minute, 1:05 to be exact, winning 22-21 on a one-yard touchdown run from sophomore running back Wesley Neely.

The Highlanders seemed to be in full control of the Grossmont Hills League matchup, leading 14-3 at halftime, and holding that lead into the fourth quarter.

However, the Cougars began to surge back with a seven-yard touchdown from Neely with 2:10 left in the third quarter, to bring the score to 21-16.

Following two crucial stops by the Steele Canyon defense, the Highlanders were forced to punt the ball to the Cougars with little time remaining.

Cougars returner Chance Johnson set his team up with excellent field position, bringing the punt back to the Helix 24-yard line. From there, the Cougars pushed the ball to the one-yard line on rushes from four different players

Neely’s number was called again on an outside run to the right side, where he stretched the defense out and scampered into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown. Steele Canyon’s two point conversion attempt to put three points between the Highlanders and themselves failed, but their defense would come through.

With under a minute remaining, Cougars’ defensive back Willie Page intercepted Helix quarterback Daniel Amon to put the nail in the coffin.

Steele Canyon’s win over the Highlanders, who were ranked fifth in the Open Division rankings, creates a three-way tie for first place in the Grossmont Hills League between Helix, Steele Canyon, and Granite Hills. All three teams finished the regular season with a 4-1 league record.

Helix, already facing elimination from the Open Division playoff, will have an even longer shot at making the list following this loss. If they are not named as an Open Division playoff seed, they will be a highly seeded Division 1 playoff team.


PREVIEW

The Steele Canyon Cougars (7-2) will visit the Helix Highlanders (6-3) for a Grossmont Hills League game on Friday.

Coming into this one, Helix is currently in first place in the Grossmont Hills League with a league record of 4-0. Steele Canyon sits at 3-1 in league play with a 27-30 loss to Granite Hills. Should Helix win this game, they would be cemented as Grossmont Hills League champions.

However, if Steele Canyon is victorious, the teams will both be 4-1. If 8-1 Granite Hills defeats 0-9 Valhalla this upcoming Friday, there will be three teams at the top of the Grossmont Hills League with a league record of 4-1, their only losses being to each other.

Both Steele Canyon and Helix stick to their ground game, with talented running backs leading the way.

Last week against Grossmont, Cougars senior running back Kenneth Watson rushed for 137 yards and 3 touchdowns on 16 carries. In addition to Watson’s performance, sophomore running back Wesley Neely managed 142 yards and 1 touchdown on ten carries.

The Highlanders had similar success running the football in their 56-21 win at Granite Hills last week. Junior running back Elelyon Noah had 29 carries that he turned into 290 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Delshawn Traylor also had 10 carries for 81 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Come Friday, these two league rivals will see who can keep the ground game rolling, or if they both continue in their success, who can make the one crucial stop in this final game of their regular seasons.

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