Story and photos by Chris Stone
The musket stays with Helix. The lost opportunity stays with Grossmont.
For the first time in years, Foothillers faithful thought this was the moment when their football team had the Highlanders’ number. Both were 3-0 in Grossmont Hills League play going into the annual showdown, with GHS sporting a better overall record — 7-1 to Helix’s 6-2.
Both teams came to Jack Mashin Stadium among the top dozen in the county, and Foothillers quarterback Anthony Lawrence was rated perhaps the best in the section — and bearing down on the San Diego CIF career passing record.
But Grossmont hopes were dashed after the first quarter, when the game was tied 14-14. At halftime of Senior Night, Helix led 35-21. Final score saw the 5th-ranked Scotties prevail 58-36.
And Lawrence fell 48 yards short of the CIF passing record, with one game remaining in the regular schedule. The traditional musket prize — affixed to a wooden plaque — remains with the Highlanders as it has for all but one season of the past 30 years.
Grossmont travels to West Hills on Friday, while Helix visits Steele Canyon.