On a muggy night under a , Helix Charter High School mugged the host Eastlake Titans 28-6, the lone team to beat the Scotties last year in their state championship season.
With three touchdowns by senior running back Michael Adkins, calm bounce-backs by junior quarterback Josh Harris (after several sacks) and a punishing defense, Helix roared to life Friday night after spotting the Titans a 6-0 lead after a fumble and several offensive plays.
Cramps hobbled several players on both teams, but it was no sweat for the Scotties after scoring twice in the second quarter, once in the third and again in the fourth against the 8th-ranked team in the county. About 300 Helix fans and family members made the trip south to Chula Vista.
“We weren’t making the right [defensive] play calls in the first half, but everybody got together and everybody stepped it up,” the San Diego Reader quoted Helix senior lineman Amu Milo as saying. “I give props to my defensive backs—they played a great game tonight.”
“We know we have a target on our back,” Helix coach Troy Starr told U-T San Diego of his team, ranked first in several preseason polls.
The Highlanders host North County power Vista High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Panthers will be hungry after losing their opener 32-10 to Grandview High School of Aurora, CO, the town still grieving from the movie theater massacre of mid-July.