Week 5 State Farm Game of the Week: Helix Highlanders 44, St. Augustine Saints 28
The final score did not tell the story in Helix’s 44-38 win over St. Augustine at Mesa College. It was a game that the Highlanders dominated for three quarters then held on for dear life as the Saints made a furious late comeback.
The tone was set in the first quarter after Elijah Liang missed a 25-yard field goal attempt for Helix. The defense took advantage of a bad exchange between St. Augustine’s Angelo Peraza and Byron Cardwell when linebacker Jeremiah Fletcher picked up the loose football and took it to the end zone for a 7-0 Helix lead. Less than five minutes later Delshawn Traylor ran a keeper off the right side for 19 yards and a 14-0 lead.
The Saints then got a turnover of their own in the second quarter when Malcolm Williams strip sacked quarterback Kamryn Brown and then defensive end Gracen Holden picked it up and ran it to the Helix 2-yard line. Two plays later, Peraza hit Samuel Scaife IV with a 3-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-7, Helix. Wide receiver Keionte Scott then scored on back-to-back drives for the Scotties. The first score was an 18-yard pass from Brown, but the second score was a back-breaker as Scott caught a 72-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-7. They were Scott’s only receptions of the game.
Peraza appeared to injure his leg in the first half and did not return for the second half. Richard Colmenero III took over and nearly led his team to an improbable comeback. With his team down, 38-10, Colmenero connected with Bryon Cardwell on a screen pass that he broke for a 55-yard touchdown to make it 38-17. With less than two minutes left, the Saints pulled within six points but Helix was able to get a first down and run out the clock.
Scott finished the night with two catches for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns. Elelyon Noa carried the ball 29 times for 271 yards and a touchdown. Helix improved to 3-1 and will host Oaks Christian – which is ranked in the top 30 in the state – next week. St. Augustine suffered its first defeat of the year and fell to 4-1. The Saints have next week off before heading to Morse on October 4.
The Helix Highlanders (2-1) knocked off Cathedral Catholic, who was ranked in the top 10 nationally, last week. Their celebration was likely short-lived with a road game looming at St. Augustine (4-0) against the Saints.
The Saints defense has allowed a total of 12 points in their first four games which include two shutouts. They have done so by harassing opposing quarterbacks to the tune of 13 sacks and 10 interceptions.
Senior linebacker Connor Heffler leads the attack with 25 tackles and four sacks.
Offensively, St. Augustine is led by junior running back Byron Caldwell, who has 434 yards rushing and nine touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver Samuel Scaife III is a favorite target of quarterback Angelo Peraza. Scaife has 249 yards receiving and five touchdowns.
The Scotties are led by their diminutive senior running back Elelyon Noa. He has rushed for 473 yards and 5 touchdowns, caught eight passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and starts at defensive back.
Senior quarterback Kamryn Brown had a big-time performance against Cathedral last week and has yet to throw an interception. Senior Delshawn Traylor is a multi-threat when he lines up at quarterback where he can throw or break a big run.
The Saints will likely focus on making somebody other than Noa beat them. Meanwhile, Helix is coming in looking to prove that last week was not a fluke.
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