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2021 Top 50 Football Player Rankings: Nos. 46-50

The annual ‘Top 50’ returns to preview 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)

There will be a prep football season after all.

Friday’s announcement from Governor Gavin Newsom’s office green-lighted a football season in Shasta County as long as county case rates stay below 14 per 100,000 residents and safety precautions are met. With Shasta County at 14.4, it is likely practice can begin next week.

Shasta County Sports has been working on its annual Top 50 Returning Players List for the past few months, waiting for the opportunity to present this year’s star-studded crop of talent. It may be a shortened season with four-to-six games but these are the guys to watch on Friday nights 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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50. Bryan Banos | RB/LB | Burney | Jr

A junior, Banos gained more than 250 yards in the Raiders’ breakout 7-4 season, their first in 8-man. He totaled 125 yards and two scores in a blowout win over Princeton and is showing signs of explosiveness on offense where he is expected to be the heir-apparent to take over for Langston Tate (887 yards, 10 TDs in 2019), who moved out of state during the year, coach Jedediah Tate said.

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