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.
West Valley scores on its opening drive.
Noah Mason’s pass is tipped but Anthony Rogers grabs it and runs it in for a 31-yard TD in an improbable play.
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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.