Helix 28, Eastlake 6
Last Friday’s season opener carried a lot of hype. Defending state bowl champion Helix came to Eastlake to avenge its only defeat last season. The Highlanders accomplished that task and, while doing so, proved they are still the best team in the county.
It was quite a surprising outcome for the Titans. A lot was expected from an Eastlake team perennially ranked among the best teams in the San Diego Section.
The main point: Helix’s defense dominated and, more specifically, the Highlanders’ defensive line.
Continuing on that point, Eastlake’s offensive line could not provide sufficient running and passing block protection.
It was an unforgiving night for the Titans offensively.
Eastlake committed several fumbles that were due either to first game jitters or defensive pressure. One of those fumbles came on their first offensive play of the game.
The Titans capitalized on a fumble opportunity by the Highlanders early on. Jalen Mondane scored Eastlake’s first touchdown on the season to put the host team up 6-0.
But the Titans botched the PAT snap.
The miscues would continue.
EHS quarterback Ty Stevens was pressured all night, which contributed to some errant passes; Eastlake receivers also dropped some balls.
The Titans hurt themselves with five turnovers. Helix’s Jalen Davis had two picks.
Kendal Keys caught a 48-yard touchdown pass that resulted from poor tackling on the Titans’ part.
Michael Adkins tacked on three touchdown runs to seal the deal for Helix.
Eastlake will be looking to regroup in its next game against the host Scripps Ranch Falcons — 42-7 losers to Poway, last year’s Division I champs.