It was only a matter of time before Jayden Gordon found his groove.
Switching from quarterback in high school to running back for Shasta College, Gordon needed a few games under his belt at the position until he felt comfortable.
The redshirt freshman turned in a career day Saturday to shows he’s ready to flourish.
Gordon rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries and added a team-best five catches which went for 36 yards in Saturday’s 30-17 road win over Chabot to be named the Redding Rancheria Player of the Game.
Through the first two games of the fall 2021 season, Gordon was caught from behind with nothing but open field in front of him. As a former sprinter and usually one of the fastest players on the field, he was usually able to avoid the shoestring, touchdown-saving tackles.
Gordon made sure the third game this year was the charm.
After the Knights tied up the game at 14 apiece early in the third quarter, Gordon raced 59 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing play from scrimmage for his second-longest run of the season. The touchdown also gave the Knights the lead for good, helping them improve to a 2-1 mark on the season.
On the year, Gordon has rushed 29 times for 276 yards and the three scores but also leads the team in receptions with 11 for 55 yards, proving he’s a dangerous and versatile weapon out of the backfield for Shasta.