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Shasta County Sports Heisman Watch List: Top 15 contenders

Foothill High's Brandon Merryman ranks second in the Northern Section in total yards and is a Shasta County Sports Heisman candidate. (Tony Hord/Shasta County Sports)
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Only one month remains in the high school football regular season and it’s time to look at the MVP candidates so far this year. There will only be one player named the 2019 Shasta County Sports Heisman, presented by Clear View Auto Glass.

Last year’s inaugural recipient was West Valley’s Bailey Sulzer, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards while leading the Eagles to a Northern Section Division III championship.

With everyone logging at least five games this year, there are some prolific throwers, runners and pass catchers so far on the list. Players in this list are ordered alphabetically by last name. The Shasta County Sports staff plans to have a weekly Heisman Watch List as the season continues.

NOTE: This is for public opinion and has NO IMPACT on postseason accolades. There is still half of the season, PLUS playoffs which will decide a lot. Any player can move into consideration, this ranking was checking in on the top 15 players, who are all still in the running for Shasta County Sports MVP.


Nathan Bova, RB, Shasta, Sr.

The senior wing has been a pleasant surprise for the Wolves this season.

A fluid runner with a nice burst, he’s rushed for 376 yards on 64 carries and averages more than eight yards per carry. He’s shined in a complementary role to James Weaver and has the speed to bounce a sweep outside as well as the toughness to run between the tackles. Bova also leads the team in receiving with 202 yards on 11 catches.

And while his rushing average and pass receiving yards are nice, the telling stat is that Bova has found the end zone eight times this year to lead the Wolves.

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