The 2019 prep football season delivered nail-biting games, undefeated regular seasons, local league title winners and one Northern Section championship for teams in Shasta County.
The second Shasta County Sports All-County Football Team, sponsored by Clear View Auto Glass, highlights the achievements of the top players in the area and their athletic achievements. A first-team and a second-team are split into two sides — offense and defense — chosen by the SCS staff. Input from area coaches, all-league and all-Northern Section accolades, statistics and personal experience were the factors that went into selecting these 40 players — 28 on offense, 12 on defense. Another eight players were selected to the first “The Great 8” team regardless of position to highlight 8-man football standouts.
Below is the all-Shasta County selections on defense. Some players may have played multiple positions and both sides of the ball. It was the goal of SCS to make sure deserving players found spots among the two teams, even if they may have shined more in a position other than there are listed at. Players who received disciplinary action from on-field incidents were penalized during the voting process.
Graphic illustrations are done by Aaron Williams and all photos were from a collection of work by Mike Daly, Tony Hord and Maddie Harrell, except Fall River, which was courtesy of the Intermountain News.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Todd Sloat | Fall River
Before the season began, Todd Sloat wasn’t too sure the Bulldogs had enough weapons to repeat. Sure, he believed in his coaching methods and staff and a talented returning senior Tim Westlund coming back to shoulder the load in a transition year with a lot of inexperienced guys around him. But Sloat’s promising sophomore group of Ryan Osborne, Royce Knoch, Kenny Westlund grew up quickly and mixed with the upperclassmen well enough to take Division V by storm. Fall River was 10-2 overall and went 7-1 to win the Cascade Valley League with its only loss a 57-28 defeat to Etna on Oct. 11. From that defeat, the Bulldogs won their final five games by at least two touchdowns en route to a 26-6 win over Los Molinos in the D-V title game.