On August 30, 2019, fans had their popcorn ready as they were set to watch the Helix Highlanders take on the Herriman Mustangs. It would be a historic night for Elelyon Noa, as he needed just 13 yards to surpass Heisman winner and Super Bowl champion Reggie Bush for Helix’s all time rushing record. However, he would have to wait.
Last week, Helix got off to a rough start, as they had fumbles on their first two kickoff returns. This week would be the exact opposite. Senior Keionte Scott found the open field as he took it the house to get things going for the Scotties. The Helix defense kept their 7-0 lead, and it was now time for Elelyon to shine. He beat the rushing record with a short run up the middle, but Helix would be forced to hand the ball back over to the Mustangs. Herriman rushed for a touchdown but missed the extra point to close out the first, making it a 7-6 game.
With the Highlanders backed up deep, the Mustangs would take advantage, as a safety put them in the lead early in the second quarter. However, Helix brought out the trickery, as another long run by Elelyon Noa and a perfectly executed Flea-Flicker would lead to a Jahari Hill touchdown and a 13-8 Highlander lead at the half.
The fans settled back into their seats when it was time to start a second half of football. Elelyon started the third quarter by making history once again. He became the first Highlander running back to ever rush for more than five thousand yards in a career. This is a huge accomplishment, as he still has a whole season left to play. He broke another long run and ran for a touchdown while Helix took a double-digit lead into the fourth. But things would go downhill from here.
The Mustangs got off to a nice start in the final quarter of the game, as a touchdown would shorten the lead. The score remained the same for a few more minutes, but then things started to get interesting. With under two minutes left to play, Herriman had one final shot to tie it up or take the lead. They delivered with one fourth down conversion, but a sack would force them to do it again. And they did. With the game on the line, the Herriman kicker fought through the nerves and sent the game to overtime. It wouldn’t last very long, though, as the Mustangs ran for a touchdown in the blink of an eye. With their backs against the wall, the Scotties were shutdown. Unable to move the football, time ran out, and Helix would fall to a 1-1 record.
The Highlanders will get the week off before a meeting with Cathedral Catholic on September 13th.