Week 6: Helix Highlanders 42, Oaks Christian Lions 17

This game can be summarized in two words: Elelyon Noa. Rushing for well over 200 yards and four touchdowns, it would have been a career night for the Silver Pigskin candidate… if this kind of performance wasn’t commonplace for Noa.

After decimating former Silver Pigskin winner Reggie Bush’s Helix rushing record and surpassing the 5,000-yard mark, Noa decided he wasn’t done, setting his sights on the 5,500-yard mark and who knows? This may be a path to the all-time CIF rushing record.

Ignoring Noa’s performance, as tough as that is, there was other football to be had. Kamryn Brown tossed two touchdowns, one to Timothy Christopher and another to Keionte Scott, who also had an interception in the end zone to end a potential momentum-shifting Oaks Christian touchdown drive.

The Helix Defense was not quiet either, banging Oaks Christian around all night, letting quarterback Jameson Wang know they were there with a QB Spy set up all night and letting up very few long balls, a specialty of Wang.

With this victory, Helix improves to 4-1 as they head into Grossmont Hills league play, where it will be the teams to beat in a four-team league race between the Highlanders, Steele Canyon, Grossmont, and Granite Hills.

The Highlanders will host the winless El Capitan Vaqueros next week for Homecoming.

Robbie Owens and the Helix Highlanders had what Paul Rudy billed the “best two weeks in program history,” beating (at the time) No. 11 Cathedral Catholic by a hefty margin then taking down No. 22 Saint Augustine on the Saints’ home turf. They look to carry this momentum into their second game against a Southern Section opponent this season against Oaks Christian.

Oaks Christian is a Southern Section powerhouse, recently graduating the nation’s No. 1 defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux. This season, the Lions are a not-so-great 2-3, however, these losses have come against tough competition such as Alemany and Murrieta Valley.

The Highlanders feature all-time Helix Leading Rusher Elelyon Noa, read-option Specialist Delshawn Traylor, and wide receiver-turned-quarterback Kamryn Brown, while Oaks Christian comes into town boasting quarterback Jameson Wang, who has Division 1 offers from Air Force and Army, and wide receiver Ty Shamblin, who has offers from Air Force, Boise State, and Cal.

These two teams share a bit of history, facing off in the Southern California Championship in 2017 when Helix was led by Carson Baker and Rashad Scott in a game where Helix’s William Payne held Thibodeaux to zero sacks, zero tackles-for-loss, and zero QB Hurries. The Highlanders’ O-Line, as well as the team as a whole, will look for a similar result this Friday.

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