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JC X-Factors: Butte College at Shasta College

On Saturday, Shasta (2-7) faces its toughest test of the year in the Sierra Pacific Industries College Game of the Week when it hosts No. 4 Butte (8-1), which has won seven straight and is destined for a state playoff spot.

Shasta College sophomore wide receiver Karnell Collier leads the Knights in receiving yards and touchdowns this season. (Photo by Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

The final game of the regular season is here for the Shasta College football team. The Knights knew moving up to the National Division was going to have some growing pains so in a year of transition, a two-win season may not have met expectations, but the Knights surely competed and learned.

On Saturday, Shasta (2-7) faces its toughest test of the year in the Sierra Pacific Industries College Game of the Week when it hosts No. 4 Butte (8-1), which has won seven straight and is destined for a state playoff spot.

Here are some players to keep an eye on for Saturday’s game at Memorial Stadium, which kicks off at 6 p.m. for sophomore night.

QB — Brandt Hughes (Chico-PV), Butte, So.
Shasta ranks in the bottom six in passing yards per game allowed and Hughes has the arm strength to make all of the throws on the field. He has thrown for 1,824 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions but he ranks sixth in the state in passing efficiency and 10th in completion percentage (61.3%).

LB — Jalan Jenkins (Evanston IL), Butte, So.
The Roadrunners leading tackler, Jenkins has been a force on the gridiron this season. His 69 tackles is 21 more than the next player on the team, and he has three sacks and a forced fumble this season for a defense that allows 17.1 points per game, which ranks eighth in the state.

WR — Karnell Collier (Floriday City, FL), Shasta, So.
The Knights’ leading receiver is a 3-time Sierra Pacific Industries College Player of the Week this season and is coming off three straight games with at least 100 yards receiving. He has 712 yards and five TDs on 43 catches this season.

LB — Matthew Arriaga (Corning), Shasta, Fr.
Arriaga has seen playing time increase as the season developed, registering 32 tackles — sixth-best on the team — and a tackle for a loss this season. He’s coming off a career-best 12 tackles in last week’s loss to American River College.

OTHERS:
RB — Deonta McMahon (Frostproof, FL), Butte, Fr.
DL — Leo Valdivia (Sparks, NV), Butte, So.
RB — Johnny Iniguez (McArthur), Shasta, So.
LB — Hunter Margain (Fountain Valley), Shasta, So.

T.J. is a national-award winning journalist passionate about local news and telling the story no one else knows about. He’s roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010 and is a content producer from sunup to sundown. Sports are a hobby he shares with his wife Tracy where they’ve spent many dates around a field or court of some sort.

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