The 2018 All-Shasta County offensive football team is comprised of 28 players from 10 high schools in Shasta County. (Photos by Mike Daly, illustration by Aaron Williams/Shasta County Sports)
The inaugural Shasta County Sports All-County Football Team, sponsored by Redding Rancheria, highlights those players in the 10-school region and their athletic achievements. A first team and a second team is 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 52 players — 28 on offense and 24 defense.
SEE MORE: Offensive MVP: Jayden Gordon, Foothill, Sr.
SEE MORE: All-County Defensive Team
Coach of the Year | Greg Grandell, West Valley
West Valley not only demolished its competition in 2018 en route to a Northern Section Division III championship, but it navigated the hardship of losing a player and overcame unique adversity most high school football teams can’t even fathom. Greg Grandell was at the helm for it all and kept his Eagles focused on the task at hand while giving them enough space to grieve for their fallen teammate, Tyson Wacker, who died from injuries suffered in a car crash in October. The Eagles went 12-2 overall, winning the Northern Athletic League title and beating Sutter 7-0 in the D-III title game. West Valley went further than any other team in program history when it reached its first state games, losing to Rio Linda 21-13 in the CIF D-5AA Northern California championship.
QB | Jayden Gordon, Foothill, Sr.
Stats: 88-for-199, 1,488 yards passing, 14 TDs; 1,447 yards rushing, 182 carries, 24 TDs; 130 tackles, INT.
The All-County Offensive MVP did it all for the Cougars, combining for nearly 3,000 all-purpose yards. The senior grew into the role of a passer, which only complemented his running ability making Gordon nearly impossible to game-plan against.
RB | Bailey Small, Fall River, Sr.
Stats: 1,187 yards rushing, 137 carries, 21 TDs; 233 yards receiving , 15 catches, TD; 95 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INTs
The Cascade Valley League Offensive MVP was a dynamic player on both sides of the ball. Not only did he get the job done rushing with 1,187 yards and 21 touchdowns — both fourth in Shasta County — but he also led the team in tackles with 95 (7.9 per game). He was crucial in the Northern Section Division V championship run for the 12-0 Bulldogs.
RB | Jayden Campbell, Enterprise, Sr.
Stats: 1,092 rushing yards, 182 attempts, 4 TDs
Campbell was quickly inserted into the workhorse role for the Hornets, carrying the ball 20 or more times in four games with a season-high 35 times in the season-finale against Red Bluff. He was called upon to help Enterprise play ball control and his 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame allowed him to withstand the punishment, and deliver some bruising hits as well. He had a season-high 229 yards in a 42-28 loss to Foothill.
WR | Devin Low, West Valley, Sr.
Stats: 528 yards receiving, 36 catches, 4 TDs; 59 tackles, 5 INTs; 2 passes defended; 53 punts, 1,859 yards (35.1/punt); 14 Inside 20
Low was a team captain and impact player that never came off the field. The Northern Athletic League Defensive MVP was a top wide out for the Eagles, ruled the secondary as a safety and is considered one of the top punters in the Northern Section, leading the section in punt yards (1,859), landing 14 of them inside the opponents’ 20-yard line (tops in the section as well).
WR | Brandon Merryman, Foothill, Jr.
Stats: 29 catches, 452 yards, four TDs; 46 tackles.
Led the team in receiving yards and became an impact player for the Cougars as they advanced to the D-II semifinals. Led the team in receiving and was a go-to target for Gordon. Had a two-score night against Shasta in the regular season.
TE | Jordan Miller, U-Prep, Sr.
Stats: 447 yards receiving, 21 catches, 5 TDs; 27 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 4 fumbles recovered
At 6-5, 205, Miller was a matchup nightmare and could stay in and handle his duties as a blocker, giving U-Prep the advantage of what could be a sixth offensive lineman. The first-team All-Section pick and all Mid-Valley-League selection had four games with a touchdown this season.
OL | David Rivera, Shasta, Sr.
The All Northern Section guard was undersized, but the perfect blend of speed and strength in the Wolves’ wing-T attack. Rivera could get out on the pull and drop the hammer as well as deliver a crushing trap block.
OL | Joe Carrillo, Anderson, Sr.
Stats: 62 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 6 sacks
The second team All Northern Section center was the rock that helped lead Big Blue to 3,100 yards rushing in addition to playing stout defensive line. Carrillo is big with great footwork and plays 100 percent from snap to whistle, often pancaking defensive tackles while opening gaping holes for Cubs’ running backs.
OL | Nathaniel Zambrana, West Valley, Sr.
Stats: 39 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles
One of the captains for the section champion Eagles, Zambrana doubled on both the offensive and defensive line and was a vocal leader for the top team in Shasta County. He opened up running lanes for 2,000-yard rusher Bailey Sulzer and an offense that scored 46 TDs on the ground (tops in Shasta County, third in NSCIF) and was an all-NAL pick.
OL | Tyler Doe, Foothill, Jr.
Country strong with a quiet, determined work ethic, Brown said he’s a next-level kid when he puts his footwork together. Helped guide the Cougars to the Division II semifinals as Foothill gained 2,435 yards rushing and 1,488 through the air.
OL | Keenan Mai, Enterprise, Sr.
The EAL honorable mention pick anchored the line for the Hornets and was a leader in the huddle. Enterprise averaged 230.9 yards on the ground this season and Mai paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher in Jayden Campbell.
Multi-Purpose | James Weaver, Shasta, So.
Stats: 695 yard rushing, 86 carries, 7 TDs; 3 receiving TDs on 9 catches for 72 yards.
The future is bright for the Wolves and the sophomore wing. A tireless worker, Weaver is getting better in JC Hunsaker’s wing-T scheme and provided some big moments for the Wolves this season. Look for a breakout 2019 from the All EAL Honorable Mention.
Multi-Purpose | Gavin Dobson, Fall River, Sr.
Stats: 93-153, 1,647 yards passing, 23 TDs; 688 yards rushing on 92 attempts, 4 TDs; 48 tackles, 8 INTs
Dobson was the catalyst for the Bulldogs’ perfect season, doubling as both the quarterback and defensive stud. He didn’t get to throw much with Fall River usually up big early but he managed 1,647 yards passing on only 93 completions (10.8 yards per attempt) and had a 23:3 TD:INT ratio. He was also second on the team in rushing and tied for the Northern Section lead with eight interceptions on defense.
Multi-Purpose | Leslie Cummings, Enterprise, Sr.
Stats: 45-87 passing for 648 yards, 6 TDs; 498 yards rushing, 81 carries, 6 TDs; 26 tackles
All you need to know about the Hornets’ quarterback is that he broke his arm diving for a touchdown in a Week 7 game against Foothill … and finished the game. A major running threat, Cummings also got it done through the air as Enterprise suffered through a down year. And even through tough times, Cummings was a guy you had to account for. Case in point, he threw for 260 yards on 11-of-16 passing and two scores and added 116 on the ground in a 35-14 win over West Valley, one of two losses for the Eagles.
QB | Dylan Cabral, U-Prep, Sr.
Stats: 93-189, 1,429 yards passing, 15 TDs; 330 yards rushing, 98 carries, 6 TDs; 38 tackles, 1 INT; 30 punts, 1,161 yards, 7 In 20
Cabral continued to improve as the season wore on and guided the Panthers to a playoff berth. The left-handed signal caller threw for 1,429 yards and 15 TDs and was a powerful running threat, churning his way for another 330 yards and six scores on the ground.
RB | Parker Phillips, Anderson, Sr.
Stats: 1,843 yards rushing, 178 carries, 28 TDs; 42 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks
The workhorse for the Cubs, Phillips put up Madden-like stats at times. He set the school’s single-game rushing mark against Oroville with 375 yards and six touchdowns after returning from a one-game suspension. He averaged 184 yards per game rushing and scored multiple touchdowns in eight of his 10 games.
RB | Bryce Henderson, Foothill, Jr.
Stats: 826 yards rushing, 158 carries, 5 TDs
The Cougars RB was consistent and understood his role, knowing Jayden Gordon was team’s best runner. “He carried out excellent fakes and if we needed him to be, he could be a 1,000-yard rusher,” Foothill coach Brown said. Henderson had five 100-yard nights for the Division II semifinalist Cougars.
RB | Riley Seay, U-Prep, Jr.
Stats: 606 yards rushing, 114 carries, 8 TDs
Listed at 5-foot-5, Seay ran larger than his size as he led the Panthers on the ground. A shifty and deceptively fast back, Seay could break runs off tackle as well as plowing ahead for tough years between the tackles. The U-Prep three-sport athlete gives the Panthers a good backfield foundation to build on for 2019.
WR | Trayton Laustalot, U-Prep, Jr.
Stats: 470 yards receiving, 28 catches, 7 TDs; 29 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovered
The 6-2, 175-pound junior receiver recorded team-highs in all three major receiving categories — receptions, yards and touchdowns. He could use his big body to shield off defenders for big plays. He had three games with multiple touchdowns and surpassed the 100-yard mark against Mount Shasta.
WR | Cody Jorgensen, Fall River, Sr.
Stats: 464 yards receiving on 23 catches, 9 TDs; 35 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT
The all-CVL Jorgensen starred both ways for the Bulldogs as a receiver and defensive back, catching 23 passes for 464 yards and his 9 TDs was tops in Shasta County. He had a four-TD game in the season-opener against rival Burney in the Fair Bowl.
OL | CJ Van Sickle, West Valley, Sr.
Stats: 45 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble
Like most linemen in the North State, Van Sickle played both ways as a guard and nose guard, earning all-NAL honors. The senior helped the Eagles to an NAL and D-III section title and 31.3 points per game on offense. Defensively, he held his own in the trenches with game-changing plays despite hurting his arm in the semifinal win over Lassen.
OL | Jaron Barios, Fall River, Sr.
Stats: 52 tackles, 2 sacks
Barios was an integral part of the Bulldogs’ section championship run, holding down the offensive line from his center position where he earned all-league honors. Fall River’s offense averaged 454.9 yards per game, totaling 5,092 total yards and 502 points (41.8 per game) — all of which were second in the Northern Section and tops in Shasta County.
OL | Aiden McFadden, U-Prep, Sr.
Stats: 59 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery, 4 passes defended
The versatility for McFadden is what earned him the nod as an all-Mid-Valley League pick and landed him on the all-county team. He helped the Panthers average 286.4 yards of total offense and 23.7 points per game.
OL | Nathan Sanchez, Central Valley, Sr.
The All Northern Athletic League guard was small, but packed a punch in the Falcons’ veer attack. Quick off the ball and packing a whallop, Sanchez punished defenders with his quickness and physicality. He also was a multi-position player on defense, lining up as a down lineman and linebacker.
OL | Justice Perri, Foothill, Sr.
Stats: 65 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, blocked FG
Undersized but with a good motor, Perri never took plays off and did a lot of the dirty work for the Cougars. Contributed on special teams as well
Multi-Purpose | Brayden Coon, Shasta, Sr.
Stats: 703 rushing, 75 carries, 3 TDs; 240 receiving, 3 TDs, 1 Kickoff return for TD
A transfer, the senior back provided balanced at wing as Coon was a hard-nosed runner with good speed and vision. In the opener against Corning, he showed his explosiveness as he took a kick for a score on his first touch for Shasta. He even got in on defense later in the season and provided the Wolves with a toughness on both sides of the ball.
Multi-Purpose | Will Flowers, Central Valley, Sr.
Stats: 1,400 yards rushing, 22 TDs
The All NAL back had never scored a high school touchdown until this season when he helped the Falcons to a three-win season for the first time in five years. Undersized, Flowers was a workhorse for CV and ran well between the tackles.
Multi-Purpose | Jeffrey Kask, Fall River, Sr.
Stats: 672 yards rushing on 86 attempts, 9 TDs; 515 yards receiving on 27 catches, 7 TDs; 59 tackles, 1 sack
The Swiss-Army Knife, Kask was utilized in every way possible by Fall River coach Todd Sloat. He was third on the team in rushing, the team’s leading receiver and finished with 17 total TDs as an all-league selection.
2018 All-Shasta County Football Team
Heisman winner & Defensive MVP — Bailey Sulzer, West Valley, Sr.
Offensive MVP — Jayden Gordon, Foothill, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Greg Grandell, West Valley
First Team Offense
QB – Jayden Gordon, Foothill, Sr.
RB – Bailey Small, Fall River, Sr.
RB – Jayden Campbell, Enterprise, Sr.
WR – Devin Low, West Valley, Sr.
WR – Brandon Merryman, Foothill, Jr.
TE – Jordan Miller, U-Prep, Sr.
OL – David Rivera, Shasta, Sr.
OL – Joe Carrillo, Anderson, Sr.
OL – Nathaniel Zambrana, West Valley, Sr.
OL – Tyler Doe, Foothill, Jr.
OL – Keenan Mai, Enterprise, Sr.
Multi-Purpose – James Weaver, Shasta, So.
Multi-Purpose – Gavin Dobson, Fall River, Sr.
Multi-Purpose – Leslie Cummings, Enterprise, Sr.
Second Team Offense
QB – Dylan Cabral, U-Prep, Sr.
RB – Parker Phillips, Anderson, Sr.
RB – Bryce Henderson, Foothill, Jr.
RB – Riley Seay, U-Prep, Jr.
WR – Trayton Laustalot, U-Prep, Jr.
WR – Cody Jorgensen, Fall River, Sr.
OL – CJ Van Sickle, West Valley, Sr.
OL – Jardon Barios, Fall River, Sr.
OL – Aiden McFadden, U-Prep, Sr.
OL – Nathan Sanchez, Central Valley, Sr.
OL – Justice Perri, Foothill, Sr.
Multi-Purpose – Brayden Coon, Shasta, Sr.
Multi-Purpose – Will Flowers, Central Valley, Sr.
Multi-Purpose – Jeffrey Kask, Fall River, Sr.
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