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Redding Rancheria Player of the Game: Anthony Rogers | West Valley

Eagles’ senior scored three times in the shutout over U-Prep

West Valley's Anthony Rogers celebrates after catching a second-half touchdown pass against U-Prep, his third overall score of the night. Rogers is the Redding Rancheria Player of the Game. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

West Valley’s 30-0 win over U-Prep in the Tri Counties Bank Game of the Week leaves plenty of different options to choose from in selecting the Redding Rancheria Player of the Game.

Holden Gilbert surpassed 100 rushing yards for the third straight game, quarterback Noah Mason orchestrated efficiency offense, Hayden Boyes intercepted two passes, defense tackle Chris Whitney was disruptive and punishing and Dominic Sweeney slashed his way to 75 yards on the ground and used his vision to find a cutback lane.

But this week’s Redding Rancheria Player of the Game honoree is the breakout performer in Anthony Rogers, who scored three times – twice on offense and once on defense – to rise above the rest of the Eagles.

Rogers’ first big play came on the opening drive, hauling in a twice tipped pass that went through U-Prep’s Jake Reuss’ hands, and turned it into a 31-yard touchdown. Eight plays later and it was Rogers batting down a pass on a wide receiver screen. But the senior defensive end had the instincts to continue the play and scooped it up and scored to give West Valley a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

More damage came from Rogers in the second period when Mason found him in the end zone for a five-yard touchdown. He also added a half-sack in the game, sharing it with Spencer Sellers and later helped force U-Prep backup quarterback Chris Jimenez out of the back of the end zone for a safety in the game’s final minutes.


Redding Rancheria Player of the Game

Week 1 – Holden Gilbert | West Valley
Week 2Shasta defense | Shasta
Week 3 – Anthony Rogers | West Valley

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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