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Preview: NorCal title on the line as Shasta College looks for redemption against Siskiyous

Preview of the Shasta-Siskiyous game that sets up as the North State JUCO championship

Shasta College looks to claim the unofficial NorCal Championship with a road over College of the Siskiyous Saturday in the spring season finale (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

The Shasta College football team heads to Weed Saturday to take on College of the Siskiyous in a rematch of the spring opener in which the Knights lost on a Hail Mary 19-16.

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April 3, 2021 1:00 pm

Shasta County Sports will NOT be streaming the game due to Siskiyous having broadcast rights. You can pay $7.95 to watch the live stream or you can follow real-time updates on the Shasta County Sports website since the SCS crew will be on the sidelines during the game.

Shasta College football coverage is sponsored by Shasta Orthopaedics — when sports injuries occur, turn to Sports Medicine specialist Dr. Eric Jenkinson and Shasta Orthopedics.

Game notes…

  • Siskiyous leads the all-time series 35-20
  • Last Result: Siskiyous won 19-16 on a Hail Mary on March 6
  • Shasta has lost 8 of the past 9 meetings and has but the lone win came on the road in 2019.
  • The Knights have not scored more than 28 points in a meeting since putting up 35 in 2008 – a 35-27 Shasta win.
  • Siskiyous has scored less than 20 points in the past two meetings against Shasta. The Eagles went 13 straight games scoring 20 or more in the series from 2004-18.
  • Tyler Boston needs 122 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for his career. Only 16 players have ever reached 1,000 career rushing yards for the Knights with Justin Hellyer (1,579) the last to achieve the feat in 2016-17.

Stat Leaders…

Siskiyous (1-1) Shasta (2-1)
PASS Calleja (24-51-321-1-1)
Tuttle (29-43-318-1-1)
RUSH McDaniel (18-60-0)
Boston (60-476-4)
REC Wickman (11-225-1)
Graham (7-124-0)
TKLS Mobley (13) Wallace (19)
SKS Parker (2) Morgan (1.5)
INT Campbell (1) Catia (2)

Note: Defensive stats from Shasta-FRC not posted

Team Comparison…

Siskiyous (1-1) Shasta (2-1)
17.0 Points/G 24.7
229.0 Pass Yds/G 137.7
110.0 Rush Yds/G 280.0
339.0 Total Yds/G 417.7

What to watch for…

College of the Siskiyous Eagles (1-1)

Last week: Idle. Siskiyous suffered a 22-15 loss on the road to Feather River the week before heading on its bye. Under unfavorable weather conditions, the Eagles allowed 237 yards rushing and let Feather River score the final 15 points of the game.

This week: If Siskiyous struggled keeping Feather River in check in the ground game, then it could be a long day for the Eagles against the Knights, who have dialed up the rushing attack the past two weeks. Siskiyou found its signal caller in O.J. Calleja, who can be a playmaker when he needs to improvise. He was able to escape the collapsing pocket several times in the previous meeting with the Knights and managed to pick up some yardage with his feet. At his disposal is Ted Wickman and Shasta is going to have to focus on where No. 5 is at all times. The 6-foor-4 sophomore receiver found holes and soft coverages against the Knights before and was able to pick up yards after the catch that led to Shasta’s demise last time around.

Shasta College Knights (2-1)

Last week: Beat Feather River 24-17 behind a fourth-quarter rally that saw the Knights score the final 10 points of the game. The defense forced four turnovers — three fumbles and an interception — including two in the final five minutes of the game to move to 2-1 on the year.

This week: Shasta is playing for a NorCal Championship in the shortened spring season thanks to its defensive prowess and a surge from its backfield combo of Tyler Boston Jayden Gordon and Vinny Smith. Boston, who spearheads this group, has 476 yards rushing on 60 carries (7.9 average) with four touchdowns – three of which have come from 50+ yards. Gordon continues to impress, averaging 83 total yards per game and lead the team with 13 catches. But the Eagles’ 3-3-5 defense limited the Knights to 1.8 yards per rush and 65 yards on the ground in the first meeting. The resurgence in the ground attack should open things up for the passing game, which is improving with freshman quarterback Toren Tuttle under center. He’s built chemistry with receiver Josiah Graham the past two weeks, connecting for seven catches for a team-best 124 yards. Freshman wide out Tyler Carey, who had eight catches and a touchdown against Siskiyous on March 6, is a game-time decision after after nursing a hamstring injury the past three weeks.

Defensively, the Knights continue to pressure the quarterback with its four-man defensive front, led by Tyrese Randall, London McCall, Dermont Morgan and Isaiah Moore. That leaves linebackers Larry Polk, Jaquay Mills and Jared Amasio to clean up in the run game and the secondary to play with more confidence. Safety Noah Benson has made an impact this spring and he forced a fumble that set up the game-tying scoring late in the fourth quarter to set up last week’s Knight victory. Shasta’s defense held Siskiyous to 43 yards rushing in the earlier meeting.

HIGHLIGHTS

Watch these highlight videos from the Siskiyous-Shasta game from March 6.

Last week’s highlights vs. Feather River

Staff Reports is content produced by the Shasta County Sports team.

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