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Sierra Pacific Industries College Player of the Game: Matt McCree

Shasta College sophomore running back Matt McCree looks to dodge a College of the Siskiyous defender Saturday in Weed. McCree went over 100 total yards in the 23-7 win to be named the Sierra Pacific Industries College Player of the Game. (Maddie Harrell/Shasta County Sports)

As the season wears on, Shasta College’s identity is coming to the surface — a team that likes to run and play clock management while the defense gets after it.

So far it’s worked to a 7-1 record and the Knights beat Siskiyous on the road Saturday 23-7. Running back Matt McCree is one of the main benefactor for that style as the sophomore from Milton, Ga., totaled more than 100 yards for the fourth time this season, first time in back-to-back games, to earn the Sierra Pacific Industries College Player of the Game honors.

It’s the second time McCree earned the honors this season, running 19 times for 71 yards, including ripping off a 19-yard touchdown run, and catching three passes for a team-best 46 yards. It’s also the second time this year he’s led Shasta in receiving yardage.

McCree’s first five carries went for three yards or less, churning out the tough yards before breaking free for the 19-yard score. He made a one-handed snag for a catch and turned it into a 17-yard gain and also had a 13-yard catch near the end of the first half that helped set up Shasta’s 44-yard field goal.

On the season, McCree has rushed for 465 yards and six touchdowns on 119 carries — all team-highs — and is second on the Knights with 25 catches for 250 yards.

Sierra Pacific Industries College Player of the Game

Week 1: Shasta College 26, Chabot 3 — Special Teams
Week 2: #25 Shasta College 30, West Hills 14Offensive Line
Week 3: #19 Shasta College 24, Santa Rosa 17Defensive Line
Week 4: #16 Shasta College 22, Sac City 6Defensive Line
Week 5: #15 Shasta College 20, #23 Sequoias 7Torren Calhoun-Ray
Week 6: #21 Sierra 44, #11 Shasta College 21Matt McCree
Week 7: #19 Shasta College 20, Feather River 16Tyler Boston
Week 8: #17 Shasta College 23, Siskiyous 7 — Matt McCree

Shasta College Schedule

Sept. 7 vs. CHABOT — WIN 26-3 (1-0)
Sept. 14 at West Hills — WIN 30-14 (2-0)
Sept. 21 at Santa Rosa, 1 p.m. — WIN 24-17 (3-0)
Sept. 28 vs. SACRAMENTO CITY — WIN 22-6 (4-0)
Oct. 5 vs. #23 COLLEGE OF SEQUOIAS — WIN 20-7 (5-0)
Oct. 12 — BYE WEEK
*Oct. 19 at #21 Sierra College (Rocklin) — LOSS 44-21 (5-1, 0-1 NorCal)
*Oct. 26 vs. FEATHER RIVER — WIN 20-16 (6-1, 1-1 NorCal)
*Nov. 2 at College of the Siskiyous (Weed) — WIN 23-7 (7-1, 2-1 NorCal)
*Nov. 9 vs. AMERICAN RIVER, 6 p.m.
*Nov. 16 at Butte, 1 p.m.
*Denotes NorCal Conference game
BOLD = Home game

T.J. is a national-award winning journalist passionate about local news and telling the story no one else knows about. He’s roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010 and is a content producer from sunup to sundown. Sports are a hobby he shares with his wife Tracy where they’ve spent many dates around a field or court of some sort.

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