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KNIGHT NOTES: #21 Shasta travels to face West Hills Saturday

The 21st ranked Shasta College football team heads to Coalinga to face West Hills Saturday. (FILE -- Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

The longest possible road trip in Northern California for the Knights is here.

Shasta College heads south Saturday to face West Hills Coalinga, a place where the new era Knights have had success the past five years including winning the 2015 CCCAA American Division Championship in blowout fashion.

“We’ve had some history down there, had some good success down there but it’s always a tough trip,” said Shasta College head coach Bryon Hamilton, who was the offensive coordinator for that squad.

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The Knights (2-1) enter Saturday’s 1 p.m. kickoff ranked 21st in the CCCAA Top 25 Poll and face a reeling West Hills team sitting at 0-2. The game was originally scheduled for the season opener on Labor Day weekend but poor air quality from nearby wildfires affected practice leading up to the game and forced a postponement to the midseason bye week.

Shasta is on the road for the third straight game and is coming off a 30-17 win over Chabot College in which the Knights used a stout second-half defensive effort and a dynamic rushing attack from its backfield duo of Tyler Boston and Jayden Gordon to lead them to victory.

West Hills sits in the cellar of the Valley Conference and lost to the same Chabot team 28-16 two weeks ago before falling to College of the Siskiyous 31-7 last week.

Hamilton prefers to confines of Memorial Stadium in the North State but welcomes the nearly six-hour drive as a chance for the Knights to build chemistry that can carry them toward a successful season.

“Road trips like this are great for us in the sense of it really forces unity, allows us to get to know some people in a different way, spend a little more time together than just a couple hours on the field Monday through Friday and the game Saturday,” Hamilton said.

GAME NOTES

  • The all-time series is tied between Shasta and West Hills at 3-3, Shasta won the last meeting 30-14 on Sept. 14, 2019.
  • Shasta last game: beat Chabot 30-17
  • West Hills last game: lost to Siskiyous 31-7
  • Shasta is 3-0 all-time at West Hills, all three victories coming since 2015
  • Knights’ Tyler Boston ranks second in the state with 147.7 rushing yards per game
  • Shasta’s Jayden Gordon leads the state in rushing yards per carry with 9.5
  • Shasta ranks 2nd in the state in rushing yards per game with 280.0.
  • Knights’ defense ranks third in the state in rushing yards allowed per game with 41.3.

NOTE: Shasta County Sports is not broadcasting/streaming the game at West Hills

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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