East County Sports

Traylor flows through Arroyo Grande for 4 TDs

Helix DELSHAWN TRAYLOR quarterbacking the Highlanders in the first quarter. / Helix Scotties photo




EastCountySports.com staff report


LA MESA – The fourth-ranked Helix Highlanders defeated Central Section visitor Arroyo Grande, 34-3, in a mostly-complete performance at Helix High School on Friday night.

Helix’s DELSHAWN TRAYLOR – half-quarterback and half-running back – but mostly a running back, had four rushing touchdowns as Helix rushed for 190 yards and passed for 189 more, led by co-signal caller DANIEL AMON.

Traylor scored on a 2-yard run to open the scoring. He had a 5-yard touchdown in the second quarter after Amon found senior receiver CHRIS RIVERA with a deep pass to the 5.

Helix limited Arroyo Grande to 194 yards of total offense, including 54 yards passing on 3-of-12 efforts. The Highlanders recorded three sacks, including one from junior GABE MARTINEZ. JEFFREY HILL forced a fumble on the quarterback, which the Eagles recovered.

Despite the lopsided scoreboard, members of the Eagles felt their team competed well against the favored Scotties.

Helix had three touchdowns in the first half to lead 20-3 at intermission, as Highlander senior MICHAEL SHAWCROFT blocked a field goal in the first half. Helix later deflected a 52-yard field goal attempt.

The Highlanders’ XAVIER HAMLETT scored a 22-yard touchdown in the first quarter to make it 14-0.

Maybe the only down spot for Helix in its rebound effort was a few too many penalties and less-than-par effort on third down conversions.

Helix’s Traylor scored one more touchdown in the third- and fourth quarters, from 10 and 2 yards, respectively.

Helix received a good rushing performance from senior JOSHUA SHIELDS, who resembles a mini-Darren Sproles with his running style and his No. 43 jersey – if there ever could be such a thing.

Amon, who’s in when its time to pass, also hooked up twice with his tight end, Shawcroft, for gainers down the middle of the seam, and with senior back KAMRYN BROWN for a couple of large gains. Amon was intercepted once, but it was off a deflection.

Helix senior linemen CHRIS ALVARADO, ELIJAH PARRA, ISAIAH JATTA and NATHAN ADAMS powered the way.

The Highlanders have another huge task in front of them next week when they face Arizona state 4A champ and nationally 22nd-ranked Saguaro (1-1), of Scottsdale (Ariz.), which is coming off a 22-12 loss to nationally 41st-ranked Liberty, of Henderson (Nev.).

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