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Sierra Pacific Industries College Player of the Game: Offensive Line

The Knights totaled 444 yards of offense in the road victory

Shasta College offensive lineman Michael Johnson (center) is one of the leaders on the offensive line that helped the Knights to a 38-22 road victory over West Hills Saturday in the Sierra Pacific Industries College Game of the Week. (Maddie Harrell/Shasta County Sports)

Shasta College offensive lineman Michael Johnson (center) is one of the leaders on the offensive line that helped the Knights to a 38-22 road victory over West Hills Saturday in the Sierra Pacific Industries College Game of the Week. (Maddie Harrell/Shasta County Sports)

Shasta College sophomore quarterback Hoku-Lani Wickard never looked so clean.

The Knights’ signal caller was hardly under duress Saturday in Shasta College’s 30-14 road win over West Hills College in Coalinga and the run game churned out more than 100 yards on the ground. For that, the offense line — Garrett McAlexander, Zac Foley, Michael Johnson, Aidan Schatz and center Michael Jamison — are the Sierra Pacific Industries College Player of the Game.

Shasta College — which entered Saturday’s game No. 25 in the CCCSIA state poll — racked up 444 yards of offense thanks to the unit up front. Wickard looked comfortable behind the guys up front for maybe the first time in his 12-game career. Wickard had all day to throw and connect with nine different receivers. The only time he was sacked was early in the fourth quarter when the Knights were knocking on the door to score. Wickard was moving left and was stripped from behind. Other than that, the offensive line created a clean pocked for their leader and he rewarded them with a 341-yard passing day and a road victory to start 2-0.

“The line did a tremendous job at keeping him upright and it helped us get in rhythm,” said Shasta College head coach Bryon Hamilton.

The run game opened up holes for Matt McCree, who totaled 97 yards on 17 carries and two scores on the ground. The line also paved the way for Vinny Smith to find the end zone for the first time in his career. And that was with an often loaded box where the defense was bringing an extra guy to stop the run.

With the offense moving the ball efficiently, the Knights only faced third down seven times, completing three of those, and only had to punt one time on the day.

OTHERS:
QB — Hoku-Lani Wickard (Clear Lake), So. — 21 of 28 passing, 341 yards, TD, 2 INTs, fum lost
WR — James Lee (Clearwater, Florida), Fr. — 4 catches, 126 yards, TD
RB — Matt McCree (Milton, Georgia), So. — 17 carries, 97 yards, 2 TDs; 2 catches, 25 yards
DE — Cole Parker (Corning), So. — 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks
DB — Joe Merkel (Redding-Enterprise), Fr. — 5 tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass break-up

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 14 — Offensive Line

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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