LA MESA, CA (11/20/2015) The Madison Warhawks (8-3) put up a great fight, and even drew first blood with a fumble recovery to set up the first touchdown of the game, but the top-seeded Helix Highlanders (9-1) proved to be too much as they cruised to a 56-34 victory in front of a packed house at Benton Hart Stadium Friday night.
Nathan Stinson carried the ball 30 times for 176 yards and a score, while Micheal Austin found the end zone three times through the air, including two explosive connections with Mekhi Stevenson for 61 & 41 yards.
With the win, the Highlanders advance to the Open Division semifinals where they'll host a rematch with Cathedral Catholic, who needed a 48-yard field goal within the closing seconds to eliminate Carlsbad 24-21.
The must-see game of next Friday's semifinal round has to be two-seed St. Augustine hosting the three-seed and undefeated Mission Hills. Both teams are coming off convincing wins in their first round playoff bouts, and will battle it out for the right to face Helix or Cathedral in the Open Division Championship.
Trailing 35-7 in the third quarter, Steele Canyon rallied with 32 unanswered points to stun Grossmont and advance to the Division I semifinals. Mikel Oliver recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. When these teams met last month, the Cougars handed the Foothillers their first defeat of the season with a last-second touchdown.
The first CIF San Diego Section champion of the 2015 season was crowned Friday night. Dylan Truppa scored three times to help lift Calvin Christian to a 68-8 victory over the Rock Academy and earn the Division VI title for 8-man football.