Being a mobile quarterback means you’re going to take your fair share of painful hits from the defense, especially when you’re carrying the ball more than 15 times per game.
But when you suffer an illegal hit and respond by leading your team to a victory, that can light a fire in the locker room that can be the rallying cry for the rest of the season.
Shasta College quarterback Gabe Curtis was knocked out of the second quarter against San Joaquin Delta after receiving a helmet-to-helmet hit from a Mustang, who was later ejected. Although Curtis was out for a quarter, he came back and led the Knights offense to back-to-back third period scoring drives both capped by his 4-yard touchdown runs to be the difference in the 37-30 road win for the Knights.
“His ability to come back after sitting out the second quarter with an injury to lead us to an excellent win was huge,” said Shasta College head coach Bryon Hamilton. “He brings a physicality to our offense that really is infectious for the entire team.”
Curtis is the Redding Rancheria Player of the Game for the Week 2 win over Delta. He finished with 50 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 21 carries, though, his final rushing attempt was a 24-yard loss to waste time in order to get the clock under 40 seconds so the Knights didn’t have to run a final play. He added 54 yards on 4 of 10 passing but continues to show his dual threat ability by coming up with big plays with his legs.
Leading by 7 late in the third quarter, Curtis scrambled on a broken play to convert a 4th-and-10 with a 10-yard run to keep the drive alive. Five plays later he scored what would be the winning touchdown.
Reyjon Williams | DB/KR
Williams set a school record with a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, breaking Jason Sehorn’s 100-yard kickoff return set in 1991.
Braden Rohde | DE
Rhode had two sacks on the day a third tackle for loss and several quarterback pressures.
Miles Wilson | RB
Wilson ran 12 times for 74 yards with a touchdown and added a 12-yard catch. He broke off chunk plays and provided a burst the Knights offense needed to keep the defense guessing.
Redding Rancheria Player of the Game
Week 1 – Gabe Curtis | QB
Week 2 – Gabe Curtis | QB