The Shasta County Sports crew picked out one player from each local team playing in Week 6 who can be an impact player this Friday night.
Keep an eye out for these playmakers or ‘X-Factors’ for Week 6 in high school football action, sponsored by Kenny Breedlove Realty 110, the real estate MVP in Shasta County.
Tri Counties Bank Game of the Week
Enterprise at Foothill | 6 p.m.
Isaac Vang| C/DT | Enterprise | Sr.
Every week, running back Eli Cortinas churns out another impressive performance. It’s not all on his own – the big guys up front like Vang help in that regard. Vang has helped Cortinas rush for about 2,000 yards in the 16 games between 2019 and 2021, including 450 this season. Not only that but Vang never comes off the field, doubling as a two-way lineman and uses his relentless motor to make an impact when he’s in the game.
Jack Maready | OL | Foothill | Sr.
Foothill’s offensive success has been when it can find running room and Maready is a key reason why Cooper Laloli and Davis Smith keep making big plays and ripping off long runs. The senior is a leader on the line for the Cougars and has scored the highest on film of any lineman throughout the season, said Foothill head coach Joey Brown. With Maready heading into his home stretch of the final two games of his prep career — and against the two biggest rivals — there’s a high chance he’s going to push to dominate in the trenches already more than he is.
West Valley at Central Valley | 6 p.m.
Holden Gilbert | RB/LB | West Valley | Sr.
This is no surprise that Gilbert, a Heisman candidate, appears on a list of impact players to watch but Gilbert is looking to solidify his case for MVP against the Falcons in the season finale. He has flashed brilliance on the football field in this shortened season, rushing for more than 100 yards in every contest while take care of business on the defensive side of the ball where the Eagles have allowed 26 points in four games — 19 of which came to Shasta in the second half of the opener. Did we mention he kicks the extra points as well? Looks like it’s time for Holden Gilbert to put the finishing touches for his Heisman campaign, a perfect season and etch his name in Cottonwood lore.
Christian Mayer | RB/LB | Central Valley | Sr.
Mayer was seemingly all over the field against U-Prep, showing up in both the run game and kick return as well on defense where he concentrated to make an unbelievably acrobatic catch on a tipped pass to come down with an interception and also added a sack. If CV is going to keep this close against the top ranked team in Shasta County, Mayer is going to need to have a good all-around game and help out in all three facets.
U-Prep at Lassen | 7:30 p.m.
Scott Jones | WR/DB | U-Prep | Jr.
Panthers’ head coach Dustin Fortenberry and offensive coordinator Taylor Angley-Holman have a boatload of talent to spread the ball around evenly so defenses can’t key on one player. Each week it can be a different guy going off for the Panthers and Scott Jones has shown his time has come for a potential breakout game. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound junior wide out has at least two catches in each of the past two games and three touchdown grabs on the year. He’s making a difference on defense as well where he’s recorded 26 tackles and three straight games with at least six stops. All of this bodes well for Jones and the Panthers heading into lowly Lassen as U-Prep looks to wrap up the season with a 5-1 overall mark.
Anderson at Yreka | 7:30 p.m.
Porter Virgin | DB | Anderson | Fr.
It’s not often you’ll find a freshman making an impact in a varsity game. Then again, we’re in unprecedented times playing football in spring during a global pandemic. Virgin’s significance was felt by the host Cubs in a win over Lassen — their first of the season. He grabbed an interception, recovered a fumble and recorded six tackles to earn a hypothetical HomeLight Helmet Sticker. Even if all of that was in a freshman game, let alone varsity, he would have turned some heads. Going against a winless Yreka team this week, Virgin could help solidify himself as a name to know heading into fall and for the next three seasons for Big Blue.