West Valley High’s two-way star Bailey Sulzer is the Tri-Counties Player of the Game from Week 0’s Redding Rancheria Game of the Week. (Photo courtesy of Susan Pierce)
Not only did West Valley running back Bailey Sulzer score the only two touchdowns against Foothill, he dominated on both sides of the ball in the season-opener.
Offensively, Suzler took chunks out of the Foothill defense with his physical running style. He made guys miss when he could and bounced it to the outside, but was never hesitant to lower his shoulder into a defender for a few extra yards. Sulzer had seven rushing attempts that went for at least 10 yards and finished with 162 rushing yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns.
His 1-yard score was originally supposed to be up the middle but he adjusted to the closed hole from the Foothill defense and bounced it outside before falling backward into the end zone. His 7-yard touchdown came not even two minutes later as he burst through the heart of the Foothill defense for a 14-0 lead.
Sulzer stood out on defense as well, intercepting a Jayden Gordon pass deep in West Valley territory late in the fourth quarter that help preserve the win. He could have had another interception earlier in the game but he couldn’t haul in a pass that he tipped in the air to himself. That one had pick-6 written all over it too.
QB Kitt McCloughlan, West Valley, Jr. | 7-13, 140 yards, 0 TD; 8 car., 20 yards
WR/S Devin Low, West Valley, Sr. | 3 rec., 65 yards; 7 punts, 233 yards (31.9 avg)
Entire West Valley defense – pitching a shutout
Tri Counties Bank Player of the Game
Week 0 – West Valley 16, Foothill 0 — Bailey Sulzer, RB/LB, West Valley, Sr.