San Diego Prep Football Insider: Foot surgery ends Helix RB Elelyon Noa’s high school career

Every Monday during the football season, Scorebook Live California reporter Bodie De Silva highlights the top performers and the most intriguing storylines in San Diego Section high school football.

Notable Results

The injury bug has hit hard in San Diego the last couple weeks. Each of the county’s top three teams have each had an important player go down recently. Helix star running back Elelyon Noa went down with an injury against El Capitan, though it had been unclear how much time he would miss. It was announced this weekend that Noa underwent surgery on his foot that will end one of the best high school careers that San Diego has seen. Over his four-year varsity career Noa ran for 5,830 yards and scored 58 touchdowns for the Highlanders.

In Friday’s Holy Bowl St. Augustine defensive back Tyson McWilliams dove to make a tackle in the 2nd quarter and then laid on the turf for some time while the trainers assisted him. A separated shoulder ended the night for McWilliams but isn’t expected to end his season for the Saints. In that same game Cathedral quarterback DJ Ralph went down with an injury to his right shoulder and was forced into wearing a sling from the sidelines for the duration. With the playoffs only three weeks away it will be important to see which teams have replacements capable of stepping up.

Santana had been rolling through the season in the first eight weeks but received a significant shock in week nine when they traveled to Monte Vista for a Grossmont – Valley league game. The Monarchs jumped on them quickly holding a 17-7 halftime lead and added on in the 4th quarter on their way to ending Santana’s perfect season, 37-10. The Sultans have a bye week this upcoming week to prepare for El Cajon Valley and most importantly get set for a run in the division four playoffs.

Top Performers

Mira Mesa was able to pick up their 2nd win of the season on Friday night when they visited University City. Senior running back Elijah Thomas had a career night as he carried the ball 27 times for 248 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns for the Marauders.

Scripps Ranch was able to stay undefeated on Friday thanks to junior running back Nicholas Gardinera. Gardinera went over 100 rushing yards for the 7th consecutive game as he finished with 141 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win over San Diego.

Devon Schulte posted a huge night on Friday as Coronado grabbed their 5th win of the season. He carried 9 times for 195 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. On defense he collected 8 tackles and 2 sacks in the 29-22 win over Crawford.

Morse got their offense back into a rhythm when they took down Christian on Friday night. The Tigers senior quarterback, Micheal Cunningham, was 5-of-5 for 117 yards and a touchdown. He also ran 22 times for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win.

With Elelyon Noa out for the season, the Helix offense stepped up in a big way during Friday’s rivalry game with Grossmont. The Highlanders rushed for 407 yards, averaging 9.9 yards per carry and had 6 rushing touchdowns, including 2 each from Delshawn Traylor and Christian Washington.

Recruiting updates

  • 2020 St. Augustine DB Tyson McWilliams took an official visit and committed to Cal
  • 2020 Cathedral Catholic OL Logan Berzins committed to Stanford
  • 2020 San Marcos DB Jalen Bainer committed to San Jose State
  • 2020 Steele Canyon ATH Chance Johnson picked up an offer from San Jose State
  • 2020 Carlsbad LB Kyle Vassau picked up an offer from San Diego
  • 2020 Kearny DB Olan Cazad Jr picked up an offer from New Mexico State
  • 2021 Torrey Pines LB Marco Notarainni picked up an offer from Washington State and took an unofficial visit to Washington
  • 2021 Mission Hills DB Elisha Lloyd took an unofficial visit to USC
  • 2021 Poway ATH Vance Jefferson took an unofficial visit to USC

How I Voted This Week

1. Helix

2. Cathedral Catholic

3. St. Augustine

4. Carlsbad

5. Steele Canyon

6. Mission Hills

7. Oceanside

8. Madison

9. La Costa Canyon

10. Bishop’s

Top NFL Performance

Mt. Miguel grad Cory Littleton had 3 tackles, a sack, an interception, and a pass break up as the Los Angeles Rams bounced back with a win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Top College Performance

Madison grad Kenan Christon ran for 103 yards and scored his first two collegiate touchdowns in USC’s win over Arizona.

Top Games in Week 10

#4 Carlsbad @ #9 La Costa Canyon

#5 Steele Canyon @ Grossmont

#8 Madison @ #3 St. Augustine

Rancho Bernardo @ Vista

Patrick Henry @ Scripps Ranch

Granite Hills @ #1 Helix

Coronado @ San Diego

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