The Helix Highlanders football team lost by one point in the 2018 CIF Division 1 San Diego Championship, but while it was a tough loss to swallow they are ready to come back stronger in 2019.
Helix originally tied the CIF championship game at 21 in overtime with a 19-yard touchdown pass and then made the extra point, but Head Coach Robbie Owens accepted a running into the kicker penalty. He made the decision to go for two to win the game, but quarterback Delshawn Traylor fumbled the snap, and all of a sudden the Highlanders season had ended.
While looking back on that decision to accept the penalty, Owens doesn’t regret it. “I know if we don’t fumble the snap we score,” he said. “I’m always going to go for the win. I want them to go out there in life and take a chance…”
Owens, who is entering his fourth season as the head coach of the Helix program, wanted his team to forget about the loss because it is a new year and another opportunity to win it all.
“Our goal is to win a CIF championship every year…I think we have moved on,” Owens said. “It’s a new group, a new team, a new outlook… and we’re real excited about the team we have.”
Helix’s schedule is one of the toughest in San Diego, especially to start off the season, but they welcome it.
“Our beginning of the year schedule is remarkable, and we added Oaks Christian to the mix this year and we got Cathedral (Catholic) and Saints (St. Augustine) who are probably the best two teams in San Diego,” he said. “I tell these guys we want to take on the world… and we want to have that mentality that we can play anybody, anywhere, anytime.”
The Highlanders will, once again, have an impressive group taking the field this season starting with running back Elelyon Noa.
Noa, who is entering his final year at Helix, is going to give a former NFL running back and Helix alumni a run for his money.
“He is going to chase some Reggie Bush records and chase some CIF records and he is a special, unique player,” Owens said.
Noa has a great supporting cast as well including senior Delshawn Traylor.
“Delshawn Traylor is a guy who will be playing multiple positions. You’ll see him at quarterback, running back, receiver, defensive back, punt returner, kick returner so he’s a guy that’s going to be all over the field,” Owens said.
Linemen Anthony Lombardo and Shawn Martinez will be playing on both sides of the ball (offense and defense) and are “great players” according to Owens.
A Vegas transfer named Keionte Scott who will be playing corner and wide receiver, and Tim Christoper and Jahari Hill are “big-time receivers” that will allow the offense to throw the ball more effectively in 2019.
Kamryn Brown was able to win a highly competitive quarterback job, and Traylor will get some snaps behind center as well.
The Helix Highlanders are looking to make another run at the CIF Championship once again this season.