LA MESA — A dormant Mount Miguel offense rose to the occasion by scoring all its points in the fourth quarter as the second-ranked Matadors rallied to defeat Helix 16-7 to win their second consecutive Grossmont League 3-A title in the final game of the regular season.
Tenth-ranked Helix (7-2-1 overall, 3-1 in league play) dominated the first three quarters by keeping Mount Miguel's top-ranked defense off balance with a solid running and passing game.
But a 40-yard pass play from Anthony Rivera to Lew Willis sparked the Mount Miguel offense in the final period.
Linebacker Haywood Mathis recovered a fumble by James Franklin with 10 minutes left in the game and Helix leading 7-0. On Mount Miguel's first play of the series, Rivera hit Lewis running down the left side to give Mount Miguel (10-0, 4-0) a first and 10 at the Helix 17-yard line.
Four plays later, Rivera scored on a one-yard keeper and Chuey Alvarez added the extra point to tie the game, 7-7, with 8:44 remaining.