It’s been a decade since the Knights deployed a dual threat quarterback leading the offense. Austin Schmeltzer was the last to do it in 2012-13 and despite 9 of his 20 games with double-digit carries, he still never touted the rock 17 times like 2022 starter Gabe Curtis did against #18 Reedley in Saturday’s 47-28 loss.
Player of the Game is presented by Redding Rancheria.
Curtis ran the ball 17 times for 60 yards and scored on a 3-yard run. He threw for two TDs and 139 yards on 10 of 19 passing, meaning 36 of the Knights’ 58 plays went through his arm or legs, giving him the Redding Rancheria Player of the Game honors.
Curtis operated the offense efficiently in his debut, orchestrating scoring drives on three of Shasta’s first four possessions – though the first TD came from the arm of backup Gavin Dobson, who capitalized on his opportunity when Curtis’ helmet came off on a run the play before. Curtis seemed to find a connection with leading returning receiver Tyler Carey, tossing him a pair of scores, the second of which was a 44-yarder hitting Carey in stride down the sideline to put the Knights ahead 28-27 midway through the third period.
Although the Knights walked away with a season-opening loss, Curtis showed a glimpse of what could be an exciting offense this season for Shasta.
DB | CJ Williams – 157 all-purpose yds (kickoff returns, 3 tkls
WR | Tyler Carey – 3 rec., 60 yds, 2 TDs | 4 rush, 18 yds