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Helix 'still a work in progress'

10/09/2015, 11:31pm PDT
By Don Norcross

Coach cautious before Highlanders cruise past Steele Canyon

Helix running back Nathen Stensen (shown in an earlier game) rushed for 123 yards in the Scotties' win over Steele Canyon on Friday night.

Minutes before kickoff Friday night at Steele Canyon, Helix coach Troy Starr said his Highlanders weren’t firing on all cylinders.

“We’re still a work in progress,” Starr said.

Scary to think how good the Scotties will be once they get their act together. Behind 123 yards rushing on 11 carries and five touchdown runs by Nathen Stenson, plus a stubborn defense, No. 2 Helix defeated Steele Canyon 41-6.

The Highlanders improved to 4-1. The Cougars dropped to 3-3.

Stenson didn’t carry the ball on Helix’s first possession. The Highlanders gained 11 yards and punted. After that, the Scotties made sure No. 2 got his touches.

Stenson’s touchdown runs covered 1, 2, 80, 2 and 1 yard.

After Steele Canyon cut the lead to 13-6 midway through the second quarter, Stenson unleashed the play of the night. The 5-foot-6, 180-pound senior speedster swept the left side, cut back to the middle at about the 40, then burned down the right sideline to complete an 80-yard run.

A 64-yard punt return by Isaiah Wooden set up one of Stenson’s TDs. Quarterback Michael Austin gained 62 yards on seven carries and completed 11 of 17 passes for 149 yards.

Led by defensive end Forrest Hanlon and linebackers Jihad Woods and Ezekiel Noah, Helix limited Steele Canyon to 76 yards in offense.

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