Nathan Stinson of Helix runs for a touchdown against Grossmont during the Highlanders’ 58-36 victory on Friday night. Jamie Scott Lytle
EL CAJON When it comes to San Diego County’s oldest football rivalry, the one between Grossmont and Helix is much like Bobby Thomson’s infamous home run that gave the New York Giants the 1951 pennant over the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The Foothillers and Highlanders began their annual shootout for possession of the symbolic musket in that year — just a few months after Thomson’s memorable blast that will forever be known as “the shot heard ’round the world.”
Unfortunately for the Foothillers, the San Diego Section’s longest running rivalry has been a one-shot affair.
And all the bulls-eyes of late have belonged to Helix. Outside of Grossmont’s 28-14 victory in 1991, and ties in 1986 and 1989, Helix has held the flintlock hostage 27 of the last 30 meetings.
Helix sophomore quarterback Michael Austin passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Highlanders to a marathon 58-36 victory over the Foothillers in Friday’s game that will determine the Grossmont Hills League championship.
Austin totaled 215 yards through the air.
Grossmont’s record-breaking quarterback Anthony Lawrence turned in another brilliant performance in a losing effort, passing for 333 yards and three touchdowns. He needs 48 yards more to break the section’s career passing record. He is seven touchdowns shy of the section mark.
There wasn’t a single punt in the first half as the Highlanders took a 35-21 lead.
The game was filled with big plays, as one would expect from these two teams.
Case in point was Jalen Davis’ 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for the Highlanders on the opening play of the second half.
Earlier in the game Nathan Stinson broke loose for a 73-yard touchdown run for Helix (6-2, 3-0), which tied the game 14-14 in the first quarter.
Grossmont fell to 6-2, 2-1.