Shasta got a 49-26 win over Red Bluff and sophomore call-up Bryson Kimp earned a Shasta County Helmet Sticker for his prime time performance. (Shasta County Sports file photo)
It’s time to hand out our weekly Shasta County Sports Helmet Stickers for those players who turned in Prime Time performances this past weekend.
Each week, we honor players who stood out on the stat sheet and in the trenches – yes, we love the big fellas.
We determine SCS Helmet Stickers by our own observations at games, stats posted to MaxPreps by Monday night and through nominations. You can send in Helmet Sticker nominations at firstname.lastname@example.org and via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Man, it’s Week Six already! Before you know it, playoffs will be here and then that long wait for summer two-a-days. But let’s squeeze all we can out of this season and see tons of players step up and earn Helmet Stickers.
Normally, we start off with either the Player of the Week or Player of the Game (this week, they’re one and the same), but for Week Six we’re kicking it off with a kid who shined brightly in his first taste of varsity football.
Shasta’s Bryson Kimp was a junior varsity call-up for the Wolves last week after two of the westsiders’ fullbacks went down with injuries against Pleasant Valley on Sept. 28. Alec Meek hurt his knee and Johari Woods suffered a leg injury. And in the game of football, it’s often “Next Man Up” and that’s exactly what the sophomore Kimp did. In the Wolves’ 49-26 win over Red Bluff, Kimp gave the stagnating Shasta offense a boost with hard-nosed runs between the tackles. He ran possessed, softening the edges and allowing Shasta wings Brayden Coon and James Weaver to get outside and roam. Kimp ran for about 100 yards and two scores in the Shasta victory.
James Weaver, Shasta
Sticking with the Wolves, Weaver, also a sophomore, had a breakout game as he found the end zone three times as Shasta rushed for more than 200 yards as a team.
Dom Hicks, Shasta
The senior safety/linebacker intercepted Red Bluff quarterback Eli Wehbey twice and logged 10 tackles.
Bailey Sulzer, West Valley
The Player of the Game and Player of the Week didn’t have his most productive game of the season, but had perhaps his most important week of the year. Sulzer ran for 154 yards and three scores, but paved the way to beat rival Anderson 26-0 in a South County Collision that had to have the Cubs asking what the license plate was of the bus that hit them. In addition to his offensive stats, Sulzer had 13 tackles and helped the Eagles to their third shutout of the year.
Myles Gibbons, West Valley
The senior was stout on defense, but his huge punt return of 40 yards helped set up one of Sulzer’s scores, a 7-yarder where Sulzer ran untouched into the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Brock Taylor, West Valley
The senior wideout had one catch in the Eagles’ 26-0 blanking of Big Blue, but what a catch. Taylor hauled in a 72-yard TD reception from quarterback Kitt McCloughan to open the scoring late in the second period.
Kitt McClughan, West Valley
Speaking of the Eagles, gunslinger, McCloughan didn’t have monster numbers on the night, but man was he efficient. The junior was 4-of-5 passing for 115 yards and the one score.
Redding Christian offense
The Lions only ran 21 offensive plays in their 63-0 win over Butte Valley, but eight of them ended in the end zone. Quarterback Isaiah VanDenend ran for three scores and threw for another, Josiah VanDenend added a 35-yard touchdown, Sam Chiu added a 30-yard touchdown, and backup QB Clark Smith completed his one pass of the night to freshman Carson Piper for a 9-yard touchdown.
Bailey Small, Fall River
Small’s helmet is getting full, but each week the Bulldogs back comes out and puts on a clinic. In Fall River’s 21-7 win over Etna, Small ran for 133 yards on 18 carries and three scores.
Riley Seay, U-Prep
The Panthers junior running ran wild over Hamilton, rushing for a season-high 142 yards on 17 carries and three scores.
Dylan Cabral, U-Prep
The quarterback ran for a score and tossed a TD pass to Jordan Miller in the blowout win over the Braves.