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2021 Top 50 Football Player Rankings: No. 7, Hayden Boyes, West Valley

The annual ‘Top 50’ previews the players to watch for the 2021 spring season.

West Valley High senior wide receiver Hayden Boyes is No. 7 in the Shasta County Sports Top 50 Football Player Rankings for the 2021 spring season, sponsored by Tri Counties Bank. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

Shasta County Sports’ Top 50 players are ranked, in a countdown format, based on varsity experience and potential impact for the upcoming season. Coaches’ opinions, statistics, postseason accolades, video highlights and the “eye test” were all factors in compiling the list.

The only teams included are in Shasta County – Anderson, Burney, Central Valley, Enterprise, Fall River, Foothill, Redding Christian, Shasta, U-Prep and West Valley. A reminder: just because a player plays in a lower division for a smaller school, doesn’t mean their impact is any less than a player from a large school.

The Top 50 Returning Players List is sponsored by Tri Counties Bank, a proud partner of Shasta County Sports.

7. Hayden Boyes | WR/DB | West Valley | Sr.

An unofficial nickname Hayden Boys should have adopted since his junior campaign is “Big Play Boyes.” There’s a high chance he’ll continue to deliver for the Eagles in 2021.

Shasta County’s No. 1 receiver heading into spring hauls in momentum-swinging catches with ease. He burst on the scene right out of the gate for West Valley in 2019, catching five passes for 182 yards and a touchdown in the opener against Foothill and that was the last time anyone overlooked the talented wideout.

“He’s a game-changer and has game speed and leaping ability,” said former longtime West Valley assistant Jim Vert, who coached Boyes in 2019. “He’s one of those guys that makes big play after big play.”

Defense’s might hope Boyes has an “off” button but the senior doesn’t appear to. He was deadly at creating space, extending for jump balls and running after the catch. He finished the year with 635 receiving yards and eight scores, both of which are tops among Shasta County returners, on 21 catches en route to earning first team All-Shasta County Sports honors.

West Valley offensive coordinator Frank Fales dialed up a rollout, throwback screen to Boyes that seemingly went for a first down and more every time he called it. Boyes was the beneficiary and Eagles’ new head coach Lenny Ehn thinks it will continue in 2021 because of his skillset.

“Hayden runs great routes and has great hands,” Ehn said.

Ehn expects Boyes to contribute on defense in the secondary this year as well where he can tap into his athletic ability for change of direction and become a reliable piece of a ferocious Eagles unit.

“He has good instincts on defense and is a student of the game,” Ehn said.


Photo by Mike Daly, graphic by Aaron Williams/Shasta County Sports.

2021 Spring Football Player Rankings

Players Nos. 46-50
Players Nos. 41-45
Players Nos. 36-40
Players Nos. 31-35
Players Nos. 26-30
Players Nos. 21-25
Players Nos. 16-20
Players Nos. 11-15
Player No. 10: Michael Traylor, Shasta
Player No. 9: Jack Maready, Foothill
Player No. 8: Jahari Johnson, Enterprise
Player No. 7: Hayden Boyes, West Valley

Staff Reports is content produced by the Shasta County Sports team.

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