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HomeLight Helmet Stickers: Week 5

Top perfomers in Shasta County from Week 5

Redding Christian's Josiah VanDenend raises his helmet before the Lions' win over Maxwell on Friday. The RCS senior had a touhdown and five tackles in the season-ending win to earn a HomeLight Helmet Sticker. (Photo by Maddie Harrell / Shasta County Sports)

It’s a tradition for schools in high school and college to hand out helmet stickers for good plays, notable effort and achievements throughout the course of a season.

Shasta County Sports is on board with that mission and highlights the top performers from the previous weekend of games. Of course, the helmet stickers that SCS gives out are purely hypothetical and bring more exposure to the players who are making an impact on a weekly basis. The spring 2021 Helmet Stickers are sponsored by HomeLight, a search engine to find the best real estate agents in Shasta County.

Players are listed alphabetically by school.

Kaeson Saelee | RB | Anderson | Jr.
After returning to the field for the first time in two weeks due to COVID, the Cubs got their lone points in an 8-0 victory from the junior back. He finished the game with 97 rushing yards on 23 carries and added the 2-point conversion.

Porter Virgin | DB | Anderson | Fr.
The freshman cornerback recorded six tackles, an interception and recovered a fumble for Big Blue against Lassen in the Cubs’ first win of the year.

Eli Cortinas | RB | Enterprise | Sr.
The Hornets’ bell cow led the hosts down the field on the opening drive and provided a moment of doubt for Shasta fans. He finished with 99 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown.

Cooper Laloli | RB | Foothill | Sr.
The Cougars’ back ran for 52 yards and caught a 70-yard TD pass from sophomore quarterback Davis Smith for Foothill’s lone score. Laoli finished with 83 yards receiving.

Carson Piper | QB | Redding Christian | Jr.
Piper ran for 160 yards and two scores on 17 carries and added another touchdown on 5-of-8 passing at the Lions end the season 2-2 playing up in 11-man football.

Max Beasley | ILB | Redding Christian | Fr.
The freshman had a 75-yard interception return in the Lions’ victory.

Josiah VanDenend | RB/LB | Redding Christian | Sr.
The senior had a 37-yard touchdown catch and added five tackles along with a host of other Lions including Taylor Brown, Piper, Clark Smith and Karson Molter.

Hunter Pinkston | RB | Shasta | Sr.
There must be something about playing Enterprise because “Pinky” has seven touchdowns while playing the Wolves’ rival. After a four-TD night in River Bowl XXVIII, Pinkston tacked on three more scores and 208 yards rushing in River Bowl XXIX. He scored on runs of 40, 65 and 69 – all consecutive touches – to essentially put the game out of reach.

Michael Traylor | LB | Shasta | Sr.
The Wolves’ middle linebacker is making a case for Defensive MVP after his fourth straight game with a forced turnover. Against Enterprise on Friday, Traylor intercepted two David Sheffer passes, the second being a pick-six – for Traylor’s third defensive score this season.

Layton Dunlap | QB | Shasta | Sr.
The Wolves’ QB had another efficient and productive night, throwing for 123 yards and a score on 5-of-6 passing. His TD pass to Jack Reindel came late in the game with the Wolves backed up o a third-and-42.

Kevin Cox | WR/K | U-Prep | Sr.
The first-year football player did it all for the Panthers in the 17-0 win over CV, scoring all of the home team’s points on Senior Night. Cox, a star basketball player, caught two TD passes and kicked a field goal in the victory. Cox was the Redding Rancheria Player of the Game.

U-Prep’s defense
The Panthers pitched their second shutout of the year in the 17-0 win over Central Valley, only allowing 146 yards on 51 plays (2.9 yards per play). U-Prep forced three turnovers with a fumble recovery by Cedrick Clark, an interception by Kevin Cox and Jaxon Meyer forced a late fumble recovered by Brenden Nye.

Noah Mason | QB | West Valley | So.
He was 9-of-9 passing for 85 yards with a 2-yard quarterback sneak and a 3-yard pass to senior Anthony Rogers on fourth-and-2 with 22 seconds left in the first half.

Holden Gilbert | RB | West Valley | Sr.
Gilbert finished with 120 yards rushing on 15 carries and a late 63-yard TD run that sealed the victory. He also set up West Valley’s first TD by taking a screen pass 37 yards.

Ashtin Wacker | RB/DB | West Valley | Sr.
Wacker caught a 47-yard pass on a trick play to get the Eagles into scoring position and also intercepted a pass in the end zone to prevent Foothill from scoring.

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. Williams has coached various sports at the high school level over the past decade, most recently at Shasta High, and is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.

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