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Shasta County Sports Player of the Week: Hunter Pinkston, Shasta

Hunter Pinkston scored four times in Shasta's 57-7 River Bowl XXVIII win over Enterprise on Friday and is this week's Shasta County Sports Player of the Week. (Photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)

After missing his junior year sitting out of football and an ineffective first-week performance due to cramping issues, Hunter Pinkston showed the North State what the hype was all about.

Shasta’s senior running back/cornerback showed up and showed out in the Wolves’ blowout 57-7 River Bowl XXVIII win over Enterprise on Friday. Pinkston tallied four touchdowns for the westsiders — two on the ground, one through the air and one on defense.

For that performance, Pinkston is this week’s Shasta County Sports Player of the Week.

“I didn’t realize how much I love this game and the guys I play with out there,” Pinkston told Shasta County Sports after finishing finished with 111 rushing yards on five carries. “I missed it so much I couldn’t resist coming back.

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“Once I heard we might have a season, I got to work and I came out here every day and worked my (butt) off and it paid off tonight.”

And pay off for Shasta it did.

Pinkston opened the scoring for the Wolves with a 6-yard score to put the home team up 7-0. He added a 16-yard scoring reception from Layton Dunlap on the Wolves’ next drive. Up 44-7 at half, Pinkston reversed field on a sweep for a 21-yard touchdown and picked off a David Scheffer pass for a pick-6 midway through the third to finish off the scoring.

Shasta County Sports Player of the Week

Week 1 — Eli Cortinas | Enterprise
Week 2 — Hunter Pinkston | Shasta

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. Williams has coached various sports at the high school level over the past decade, most recently at Shasta High, and is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.

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