With Helix’s Disney themed homecoming week coming to an end, it was finally time for the long awaited football game. Fans came dressed in green as they were ready to watch the Highlanders take on the El Capitan Vaqueros. Hopefully they got to their seats quickly because this one got going right away.
After a three and out on their opening drive, the Vaqueros were set to punt. However, the punt was blocked by Samuel Stewart and picked up by Marvin Locke for an easy score, giving the Highlanders an early lead. John Carroll returned an interception for a touchdown on the very next possession, and a Jerry Riggins safety put Helix ahead by 16 before the offense even had the ball. When they finally had possession, the Scotties took advantage right away. Great play calling led to an Elelyon Noa score and the Highlanders had another touchdown drive brewing at the end of the quarter.
Helix looked to add more in the second. A long touchdown run by Elelyon was called back because of holding, but a deep touchdown pass to Tim Christopher got things back on track. Unfortunately for the Highlanders, however, Elelyon came up limping on the play. He would be forced to sit out for the rest of the game with an ankle injury. With their star running back on the sidelines, the coaching staff was forced to get creative. They brought out the trickery with a goal line handoff to lineman Shawn Martinez, but he was stopped just short. Chris Washington was then able to punch it in from the one, giving Helix a 37-0 lead. Cameron Kelly added a touchdown of his own before El Cap was finally able to get on the scoreboard. With the half coming to a close, Domonick Schoop brought a kickoff back for six, making it a 51-7 game.
One of the best moments of the game came during half time, however, as the entire Highlander football team gathered to support their teammate Elijah Laing, who was just named Homecoming King alongside Queen Ashley Sutton. As the festivities wrapped up, it was time for a second half of football.
The second half calmed down a bit, as Helix looked to run out the clock and secure a win. Chris Washington was a workhorse, tallying 115 yards on the ground along with another score. Tim Christopher added his second touchdown of the game as well before an El Cap score shortened the lead to 51. A Vaquero comeback was a longshot, but there was another quarter to play. However, both defenses looked solid and the two offenses were kept scoreless, closing out a 65-14 Highlander win.
Helix is now the 47th ranked team in the nation and will take on Valhalla in a pink out next Friday.