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No. 1 Helix dominates Utah team in season-opening win

08/25/2017, 9:25pm PDT
By Alex Riggins

Helix's Rashad Scott catches a pass as Bonita Vista's Chris Boguille covers in the first quarter.

 

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Helix kicked off its season Friday night ranked as the No. 1 prep football team in San Diego. After a 35-0 win over Utah’s Herriman, the Highlanders might argue they have the No. 1 secondary in the entire country.

At one cornerback spot, Helix starts senior Isaac Taylor-Stuart, a St. Augustine transfer ranked as the 11th best recruit in the country by Rivals.com, with offers from Alabama, Ohio State and dozens of other college football powers.

At the other cornerback spot, Helix starts Rashad Scott, an SDSU commit who intercepted four passes Friday, returning one for a score.

“He was very raw last year as a defensive back and still had a lot of picks,” second-year Helix coach Robbie Owens said. “He’s improved so much in the offseason.”

Both Owens and Scott attributed the cornerback’s huge night to preparation.

“We were students of the game, we studied them on film and knew them better than they knew themselves,” said Scott, who’s already more than halfway to equaling his seven interceptions last season.

The senior snatched three of his interceptions in the first half, returning the first 35 yards for a score against Herriman’s 6-foot-8 junior quarterback Blake Freeland, who’s committed to BYU.

Scott, who had a 45-yard punt return touchdown called back for holding, also caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from UC Davis-bound senior Carson Baker, who finished 15 of 20 for 231 yards and three touchdowns.

But it was the future Aztec who stole the show.

“Rashad was unbelievable,” Owens said. “With him and Isaac, we have two really versatile corners who are going to be difficult to throw the ball on.”

Riggins is a freelance writer.

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