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2021 Top 50 Football Player Rankings: Nos. 41-45

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

The annual Shasta County Sports Top 50 Football Player Rankings are back for the spring 2021 season, featuring (from left) Eli Cortinas, Josh Aguilar, James Weaver, Marcus Trotter and Bladen Stankey. (Graphic by Aaron Williams/Shasta County Sports)

The annual Shasta County Sports Top 50 Football Player Rankings are off and running with Saturday’s initial post to showcase Nos. 46-50. Another day, another group of five are released who are expected to turn some heads this spring.

The 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.

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45. Christian Maughs | OL/NG | Central Valley | Sr.

Central Valley’s Christian Maughs (52) is a senior leader for the Falcons, who went 3-7 in 2019. (Maddie Harrell/Shasta County Sports)

The Falcons’ three wins in 2019 matched their five-year high win total and Maughs was a key reason why. A two-way lineman during Aaron Richards’ first year at the helm, Maughs paved the way for running back and NAIA signee Frank Manriquez (William Penn). Maughs will be a factor at nose guard once again and looks to improve from his junior season where he was an All-Northern Athletic League honorable mention selection. He also carries a 4.5 GPA and is fielding lots of calls from schools all over the country for academics. The Ivy League is a definite possibility, Richards said.

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