The date was August 30, 2019. The football field was packed with fans as the Helix Highlanders were taking on the Herriman Mustangs. A solid kickoff return put Helix in a great position to score. With a first down and ten yards to go, everyone in the world knew where the ball was going. Needing just nine yards to break Helix’s all time rushing yards record, there was no doubt he would be getting the handoff. The funny thing is, it didn’t matter. You can’t stop him. You just can’t. This is the story of Elelyon Noa, Helix’s all time leading rusher.
Ever since his freshman year at Helix, people knew Elelyon was special. The brother of standout linebacker and Idaho State commit Ezekiel, he had football in his blood. He may have only been 5’7, but his combination of strength and speed made every linebacker fear him. Add on a sneaky juke move and a powerful stiff arm, and he’s almost impossible to tackle. After tallying over 600 yards and four touchdowns in his freshman year, Elelyon, better known as Fatto, was ready to take on a bigger workload. He had a breakout sophomore season, with almost 2,000 total scrimmage yards along with 16 touchdowns. There’s no way he could top that, right? Wrong. Junior year would be crazy.
With the 2018 season came an improved role on defense. Not only was Elelyon an amazing running back, but he was a pretty good defender, too. He recorded his first career interception and became a much improved tackler. Fatto’s outstanding play also earned the respect of his coaches and teammates, as he was named a captain before the start of the season. He proved this honor was well deserved with an insane 2,300 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns. Elelyon continued to deliver ridiculous performances night in and night out, earning the attention of multiple college coaches; some of the most notable schools include Utah State, Iowa State, and Nevada. However, the one that really stands out is Yale, showing Fatto’s excellence not only on the football field but in the classroom.
By the time his senior season started, all schools knew to look out for Elelyon Noa. With teams expecting him to run the ball, he became a huge threat in the passing game. Through just four games this season, Fatto already has eight catches for almost 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That’s exceptional for a running back that carries the ball 25 times a game and constantly reaches 200 rushing yards. There’s no doubt that the Highlander offense runs through Elelyon, just as it ran through Reggie Bush when he was here. Reggie, a Heisman winner, first round draft pick, and Super Bowl champion, tallied 4,925 rushing yards at Helix, a record that stood for 16 years. Fatto, just one game into his senior season, had 4,917. Keep in mind, it took Reggie four full years to reach that total. It took Elelyon barely over three.
Averaging over nine yards per carry and over 150 rushing yards per game, Elelyon is a once-in-a-generational talent. Not only has he broken records of NFL stars, but he’s on track for a wonderful football career of his own. After accomplishing some of these amazing feats, he will look to lead Helix to a tenth CIF championship. Keep an eye on him as he continues his path towards the NFL. He could be something great.