Week 4 State Farm Game of the Week: Helix Highlanders 45, Cathedral Catholic Dons 27
With a bye week last week, the Helix Highlanders had two weeks to think about and prepare for the Cathedral Catholic Dons, who came in ranked in the top 10 in the nation. From the opening drive, the Scotties looked focused and determined en route to a 45-27 win.
Helix scored on their opening drive when Delshawn Traylor lined up at quarterback and ran a keep for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Cathedral answered on their first offensive possession using a 38-yard run by Matthew Bryant to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Zavien Watson and tie the score at 7-all.
Starting quarterback Kamryn Brown then countered with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Christian Washington, giving the Highlanders a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter.
The Helix defense was outstanding. The Highlanders sacked Dons quarterback D.J. Ralph three times and held them on downs late in the first half.
That hold set them up with great field position, setting up Keionte Scott, who broke into the clear for a 34-yard touchdown run and a 24-7 Helix halftime lead.
Cathedral got the ball to start the second half and scored when Christian Hall ran for a 41-yard touchdown cutting the deficit to 24-14.
Five minutes later Hall struck again with a 62-yard touchdown bringing the Dons within three points 24-21.
But, on the ensuing kickoff, Washington ran down the left sideline for 93 yards down to the Cathedral 7-yard line.
Two plays later, Elelyon Noa dragged tacklers into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown, extending the lead to 31-21. Noa would score two more times in the fourth quarter as Helix went on to a 45-27 win.
Noa finished the night with 22 carries for 117 yards and two touchdowns. He added three receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. Brown was 11-of-16 passing for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Helix improved to 2-1 and will be on the road at St. Augustine next week. Cathedral Catholic fell to 3-1 and will be back on the road next week at Eastlake.
Two San Diego powers collide Friday night when the Helix Highlanders (1-1) host the Cathedral Catholic Dons (3-0).
The Highlanders had a bye last week after hosting a team from Herriman, which is ranked sixth in the state of Utah. Helix lost that game in overtime. This week they welcome the Dons, who are ranked in the top 10 in the state of California, as well as, nationally.
The Scotties will look to control the game offensively with their explosive senior running back Elelyon “Fato” Noa. This season he has rushed for 357 yards and three touchdowns. Senior quarterback Kamryn Brown will occasionally look to stretch the field by throwing to senior wide receiver Jahari Hill, who is averaging 21.3 yards per catch.
Cathedral will also look to control the game with their rushing attack. Senior running back Zavien Watson, an Arizona commit for baseball, has 481 yards on the ground and six touchdowns. Senior quarterback D.J. Ralph throws the ball an average of nine times per game but has two touchdown passes and no interceptions.
This game is likely to come down to timely turnover or a big play on special teams.
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