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Shasta County Sports Player of the Week: Michael Traylor, Shasta

Michael Traylor, seen earlier this year in the first River Bowl, is this week's Shasta County Sports Player of the Week after a two-interception night in Shasta's 49-12 win over Enterprise in River Bowl XXIX. (Photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)

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.”

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
Week 4 — Michael Traylor | 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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