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Sierra Pacific Industries College Player of the Game: Tyler Boston

Shasta College running back Tyler Boston runs the ball against San Francisco City College Saturday in the Golden State Bowl. The Knights lost 50-43 in overtime. (Maddie Harrell/Shasta County Sports)

For the second half of the season, it’s been the Tyler Boston show on offense for the Shasta College football team.

But no one could have predicted the freshman running back from Dixon to put up over 200 yards and score four times in the Golden State Bowl against powerhouse San Francisco City College.

Boston did just that, taking advantage of every opportunity he could, showcasing his explosiveness, strength and big-play ability en route to a huge game to be named the Sierra Pacific Industries College Player of the Game. The Knights lost 50-43 in overtime, failing to match the Rams’ score in the extra period despite reaching the 6-yard line on Boston’s 19-yard swing catch on first down.

Still, Boston had his big day. He finished the game with 105 rushing yards on a career-high 27 carries and three touchdowns, and also caught six passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

He scored on a 48-yard pass hauled in from Kasey Briggs in the flat. He made a guy miss and was gliding down the sideline for a score. Boston scored on a 5-yard run in the third, punched his way over the goal line on fourth down for a 3-yard score to give Shasta the go-ahead score with 6:57 left, and added to that lead with 3:46 remaining on his 2-yard run.

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Boston had a team-high 106 total touches during the final six games of the year, recording double-digit carries in all of them, including 96 rushing attempts. After the bowl game, he credited his coaches and starting running back Matt McCree, who was an all-NorCal Conference selection, to his success.

“I look up to Matt so when he got hurt a couple games ago I felt like I had to step it up for him,” Boston said.

He ended the year with 107 carries for 402 yards and six touchdowns and 10 catches for 156 yards and a score.

That’s a strong way to finish the season and Boston has to have an edge as the Knights’ lead ‘back heading into 2020.

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 7Matt McCree
Week 9: #5 American River 44, #15 Shasta College 27Tyler Boston
Week 10: #12 Butte College 37, #18 Shasta College 20 — Cole Parker
Bowl Game: #11 San Francisco 50, #11 Shasta College 43 OT — Tyler Boston

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. #5 AMERICAN RIVER — LOSS 44-27 (7-2, 2-2 NorCal)
*Nov. 16 at Butte, 1 p.m. — LOSS 37-20 (7-3, 2-3 NorCal)
Nov. 23 at City College of San Francisco — Golden State Bowl — LOSS 50-43 OT (7-4)
*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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