It would be easy to point to the missed, game-ending Pleasant Valley field goal in Shasta’s 21-20 win as the reason the Wolves walked off the homecoming field with a hard-fought Eastern Athletic League victory.
In reality, an impressive goal-line stand several possessions earlier made that field-goal attempt noteworthy. Facing a 4th-and-3 from their own 28, the Wolves, this week’s Shasta County Sports Team of the Week, were forced to go for it trailing 17-14 with just over 3 minutes to play. After a Shasta timeout, a bad snap shot past Wolves’ quarterback Derek Myers and was recovered on the 6-yard line.
If the Vikings punched it in, the score would’ve been 24-14 and likely game over. Instead, the Wolves defense, which has been spotty most of the season, came up with a huge stand to force a field goal and a 20-14 PV lead with about 2 minutes remaining.
And Myers, one week removed from an 0-for-15 passing performance in a 44-7 loss to Chico, connected twice to Nathan Bova before Charles Dietrich punched in the go-ahead score to cap a four-play, 80-yard drive that ate up all of one minute.
And still, the Wolves defense had to dig in for one more stand. The Vikings worked the ball to the Shasta 18 to set up the field goal try. The Wolves used their final timeout to ice the kicker and celebrated when they saw the boot sail – untouched – wide left.
Myers was 2-of-4 passing for 64 yards, while Dietrich ran for 97 yards on 17 carries and Johari Woods added 100 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
The Wolves (2-4, 1-1 Eastern Athletic League) hadn’t beaten the Vikings at home since 2012 and had one victory over their south rival in that span as well.
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