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Shasta County Sports Player of the Week: Chris Jimenez, U-Prep

Chris Jimenez found his stride at quarterback for U-Prep, replacing injured Payton Henderson. The junior threw four TD passes last week in a 46-12 win over Yreka and is this week's Shasta County Sports Player of the Week. (Photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)

Other than long snapper, the best job in the NFL might be backup quarterback … Hold a clipboard, cash a check, maybe play some mop-up minutes. In the prep ranks, the backup role isn’t as lucrative or glamorous. In fact, it’s pretty taxing as you’re not taking first-team reps until you’re thrust into the spotlight.

Chris Jimenez had a shaky beginning, having to come in against West Valley after starter Payton Henderson went out with a knee injury. But the junior showed he’s a quick study and with a week’s practice under his belt Jimenez led the Panthers to a lopsided 46-12 win over Yreka with a four-touchdown night. Jimenez is this week’s Shasta County Sports Player of the Week.

The Panthers were a run-first team against the Miners, but when Jimenez’s number was called he made the most of it. He was 5-of-6 passing for 123 yards and the four scoring strikes.

Jimenez hooked up with Carter Abel on a 23-yard TD, dropped a 73-yard scoring strike on the Miners to Kevin Cox and found Scotty Jones twice for trips to pay dirt. His QB rating was 163.2.

The Panthers and Jimenez face a CV team in the Tri Counties Bank Game of the Week that’s  allowed 26 points on the season.

Shasta County Sports Player of the Week

Week 1 — Eli Cortinas | Enterprise
Week 2 — Hunter Pinkston | Shasta
Week 3 — Jarius Mast | Foothill
Week 4 — Chris Jimenez | U-Prep

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