Helix Claims Open Division Title Behind Stinson’s 5 TD’s

Jared Garcia–

The Helix Highlanders (10-1) took on the St. Augustine Saints (10-2) at Southwestern College for the Open Division CIF title.

As the first quarter came to an end, the Highlanders lead 14-7 with 2 touchdown runs from senior Nate Stinson.

The Saints tied it up early in the second quarter, as junior quarterback Rodney Thompson powered in the end zone from the 2-yard line. Thompson scored again off the QB sneak to give St. Augustine a 21-14 lead. Helix quarterback Michael Austin would not be outplayed, as he ran 8 yards into the end zone to tie the game up at 21 at halftime.

After a Saints interception, Nate Stinson caught the short pass and sped for 76 yards to give Helix a 28-21 lead in the 3rd quarter. After another Helix touchdown, the Highlander defense forced a safety to take a commanding 37-21 lead.

On the following kickoff, the Saints recovered a fumble that led to a 9-yard touchdown run from Elijah Preston to inch the Saints closer.

At the start of the 4th quarter, the Saints kicked a field goal to trail 37-30. Neither Helix nor the Saints were able to score on their following possessions. Stinson rushed for a 52 yard touchdown to seal a 44-30 victory for the Highlanders.

Stinson, a Northern Arizona commit, led the Highlanders with 335 total yards and 5 total touchdowns.

“I couldn’t have done it with out the O-line, and they fought hard today,” Stinson said. “It’s a blessing to win a CIF title because we worked really hard and it all payed off.”

Helix quarterback Michael Austin finished the contest with 2 touchdowns and 160 total yards.

“Winning this championship is the greatest feeling. It feels great to send the seniors and Coach Starr out on top as the best team in San Diego county,” Austin said.

Playoff Predictions– Championship Edition

Open Division:

Saturday, December 5th, 2015. Southwestern College, 7:00pm

#1 Helix vs. #2 St. Augustine: How will each defense attempt to contain to of the county’s best backs in Elijah Preston and Nate Stinson?

SCORE PREDICTION: Helix 34-28

Division 1:

Friday, December 4th, 2015. Southwestern College, 7:00pm

#1 Oceanside vs. #3 El Camino: The Pirates are peaking at the right time.

SCORE PREDICTION: Oceanside 31-17

Division 2:

Saturday, December 5th, 2015. Southwestern College, 3:30pm

#2 Rancho Bernardo vs. #4 Mt. Carmel: The Sundevils gave up 45 points to the Broncos earlier this season. What changes?

SCORE PREDICTION: Rancho Bernardo 38-24

Division 3:

Saturday, December 5th, 2015. Southwestern College, 12:00pm

#1 Bonita Vista vs. #2 Mission Bay: The two best running backs in the county facing off?

SCORE PREDICTION: Bonita Vista 41-35

Division 4:

Friday, December 4th, 2015. Southwestern College, 3:30pm

#1 Mater Dei Catholic vs. #3 Bishops: The rematch will be closer, but can Bishops win?

SCORE PREDICTION: Mater Dei Catholic 31-24

 

PLAYOFF RECORD: 44-9