To say that Shasta linebacker Michael Traylor might be the hottest player on a North State football field might be an understatement. The senior defensive leader for the Wolves had his fourth straight game with a forced turnover and sparked Shasta in its 49-12 River Bowl XXIX win over rival Enterprise on Friday.
Most defensive takeaways provide a team a spark, but Traylor’s timely turnovers really did energize the Wolves, who saw an Enterprise team come out and drive down the field in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead – this coming several weeks after Shasta blasted the Hornets 57-7. Traylor is this week’s Shasta County Sports Player of the Week.
With the Wolves’ first drive fizzling out on downs, the Hornets looked to stranglehold the momentum, but Traylor jumped a David Sheffer pass three plays into the Enterprise drive that set up Bryson Kimp’s 7-yard score that gave the Wolves the lead and a sign of relief.
Two Enterprise series later, Traylor would do it himself as he read a running back screen and flew to the ball, snatching it out of mid-air at the 15 and racing in for the score.
“That second one was big,” Traylor said. “I knew the play because we were worried about it in film; that screen play to Eli. I knew it was coming before it happened. It felt amazing to get it done and score that touchdown.”