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 offense. 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
Gerald Piper | Redding Christian Lions
Piper guided the Lions to the 8-man section championship game and a 10-win season for the first time since 2016. Redding Christian, which has yet to have a losing season with Piper at the helm, finished the year 10-2 overall and a perfect 7-0 mark to win the 8-man North League title. The Lions lost to only one team in Chester, which dropped down to 8-man this season after reaching the D-V section title game last year, falling 14-6 in the opener and 14-0 in the championship. Everyone else, Redding Christian handled with ease — receiving two forfeits and outscoring the rest of the opponents 347-80 across the other 10 games.
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