St. Augustine’s Gracen Halton leads young group into 2021 spring football season

The 2019 season ended in heartbreak for St. Augustine when their 7-0 lead against Helix evaporated in the last few minutes of the CIF Open Division semifinal game, losing 12-7.

On Friday night they’ll step back onto the field for the first time in 483 days to open the spring 2021 season against Helix and get their chance for revenge against the Highlanders at the site of their 2019 loss.

Gone are several playmakers from the 2019 Saints team, but a young group led by junior defensive lineman and University of Oregon commit Gracen Halton is looking to make a statement during the shortened season.

“We’re a young group just like my freshman year, so we just have to keep building these guys,” Halton said. “They’re doing great, they’re going 100% on every play so if we keep on doing it, we’ll see greatness.”

The Saints will be road warriors this season, playing each of their games away from home due to the unavailability of their usual field at Mesa College. But Halton is ready for the challenge.

“Coming up from watching them during freshman year and growing up to being a junior now I feel like I have to take the leadership … I just want to show them that we are here. … We are here and we’re coming,” said Halton “We’ve gotta show them these five games that we are ready to play and next year that we’re coming prepared.”

SBLive California is previewing the top football teams and players in the state ahead of the 2021 spring high school football season. You can find all of our high school football coverage here. And you can download the new SBLive Sports iPhone app here, and you can download the new SBLive Sports Android app here.

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