The Shasta Wolves, this week’s Team of the Week, celebrate their 47-10 River Bowl XXVI win over Enterprise. (Photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)
Even on a “down” year, beating your rivals is a goal to check off the to-do list. Beating your rivals for the fourth straight season earns you not only bragging rights, but in the case of the Shasta Wolves also Shasta County Sports’ Team of the Week honors.
The Wolves handled Enterprise 47-10 on Friday in River Bowl XXVI, the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week, to hold on to the coveted trophy for another season.
Sophomore running back James Weaver scored four times, rushing for two and catching two of Brian Kilgore’s four TD passes. Brayden Coon had a touchdown reception and Josh Akana capped the night with a 66-yard scoring burst up the gut for icing on the River Bowl cake.
And as explosive as the offensive was – something that’s been missing for most of the season for the Wolves – Kirk Ramage’s defense again stepped up and held a second straight opponent to 10 points. A week prior, the Wolves held 7-1 Paradise to 10 in a 10-7 loss on The Ridge.
“We’re starting to play good football on that side of the ball and, who knows, maybe we’re getting hot at the right time,” Ramage said after the River Bowl.
Alex Beltran had two interceptions for Shasta against Enterprise, while Dom Hicks had a fumble recovery, the third week in a row with a takeaway for the senior linebacker/safety.
The Wolves travel to Foothill on Friday trying to win the Battle of Redding. However, the two squads are almost certain to play each other again in the opening round of the Division II playoffs. That means Friday’s game will essentially be for home field in that first round of the playoffs.
Team of the Week
Week 0 — Weaver Lumber Team of the Week — Central Valley Falcons
Week 1 — U-Prep Panthers
Week 2 — West Valley Eagles
Week 3 — Foothill Cougars
Week 4 — Anderson Cubs
Week 5 — Fall River Bulldogs
Week 6 — West Valley Eagles
Week 7 — Redding Christian Lions
Week 8 — Shasta Wolves