Tuesday, August 19, 2014

2014 Prep Football Preseason Rankings: #6 Helix Highlanders

#6 Helix Highlanders
Location: La Mesa, CA
School Colors: Green, Black, & Grey
Division: I
League: Grossmont Hills
Championships: 1 (State), 7 (Section), 26 (League)
Head Coach: Troy Starr (7th Season)

2013 Recap: 9-3 (5-0 Grossmont Hills League Champions)
After sweeping the Grossmont Hills League for the fourth straight season, the Highlanders were a game away from appearing in the first-ever Open Division Championship. But a 24-21 loss to eventual champion Mission Hills in the semifinal put an end to those aspirations.

Early Outlook
Despite losing three all-county talents in cornerback Jalen Davis, linebacker Jabrion Burnside, and offensive linemen Jalen Watt, Helix should still have enough firepower to compete among the best teams in the section. While the newly stacked Grossmont Hills League will provide a more challenging race to the title, returners like duel-threat quarterback Michael Austin and running back Nate Stinson have the ability to help the Highlanders continue their reign as the "top dawgs" of the East County.
Impact Losses
LB Jabrion Burnside
DB Jalen Davis

LB Rueben Leasau
LB Xavier Tuitele

OL Jalen Watt
Impact Returners
Junior QB Michael Austin
- 2013 Grossmont Hills League First-Team Offense

Junior DE/TE Forrest Hanlon

- 2013 Grossmont Hills League First-Team Defense
- 2013 East County Offensive Unsung Hero

Senior OL/DL Jaylon Kuykendal

- 2013 Grossmont Hills League Second-Team Offense

Junior RB Nate Stinson

- 2013 Grossmont Hills League First-Team Offense
- 2013 East County Offensive Rookie of the Year

Senior OL/DL Joe Toilolo

- 2013 Grossmont Hills League Second-Team Offense
2014 Schedule
August 30 vs. St. Bonaventure (Ventura, CA) at Cathedral
September 5 vs. Del Oro (Loomis, CA) at Oceanside
September 19 @ #4 Cathedral Catholic
September 26 vs.
#8 Ramona (R)
October 3 vs. Bonita Vista
October 10 vs. Steele Canyon*
October 17 @ Mount Miguel* (#)
October 24 vs. Valhalla*
October 31 vs. Grossmont*
November 7 @
#10 El Capitan*

* League Opponent
(R) Revenge Game
(#) Rivalry Game


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