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Knights’ Parker named All-American, Kelsall picked all-state

Shasta College sophomore defensive lineman Cole Parker (left) and Detrius Kelsall were both named to the CCCFCA All-State Region I team and Parker earned All-American honors for this past season. (Photos by Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

Shasta College’s pair of defensive lineman Cole Parker and Detrius Kelsall were a force in the trenches for the Knights in 2019 and the rest of the state took notice.

Parker was named to the California Community College Football Coaches Association 2019 All-America Team as one of the top five defensive linemen in the state. Kelsall joined Parker on the CCCFCA All-State Region I team, which encompassed all 18 the Northern California Football Conference National Division teams. All Shasta College coverage is sponsored by Sierra Pacific Industries.

“Cole and Detrius are not only great football players, they are great teammates, captains and leaders,” said first-year Shasta College head coach Bryon Hamilton. “They both worked incredibly hard and were detailed and disciplined in everything we asked of them. It’s incredibly satisfying to see their dedication and hard work culminate in each being named to the CCCAA All-Region Team and Cole earning All-American honors.”

Parker was named the NorCal Conference Defensive Player of the Year earlier in December. He recorded a sack in eight different games, totaling 12 on the season, which included the Golden State Bowl Game overtime loss to San Francisco. Parker finished the regular season as the conference leader in sacks (10.5) and tied for the lead with teammate Torren Calhoun-Ray after the bowl game.

The Corning High native racked up 62 total tackles, 33 solo, one interception, one fumble recovery and 18.5 tackles for a loss. Parker’s season-best nine-tackle performance came in the bowl game loss to San Francisco. He finished his Shasta College career with 91 tackles, 16 sacks and 26.5 tackles for a loss across 20 games.

Kelsall joins Parker as two of the seven All-State Region I defensive linemen. One of the team captains, Kelsall ended the year with 51 tackles — 25 solo — four sacks, one interception and 10.5 tackles for a loss. Kelsall, a Shasta High grad, ended the year with back-to-back eight-tackle performances against Butte and San Francisco — two of the top 11 programs in the state. He ends his 21-game career at Shasta with 92 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 19 tackles for a loss.

Parker and Kelsall both signed to play football for NCAA Division II Harding University in Searcy, Ark.

“It was an honor to coach these guys,” Hamilton said. “I’m excited to see what the future holds for each. I’m sure it will continue to be filled with great success.”

Shasta College went 7-4 in 2019, jumping out to a 5-0 start before losing the final three games of the year, including the Golden State Bowl under Hamilton.

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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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