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Top-seeded West Valley blows past No. 8 U-Prep 55-6 in D-III playoffs

West Valley advances to the Northern Section Division III semifinals with a dominant 55-6 win over University Prep on Friday Night.

West Valley senior running back Bailey Sulzer ran for 149 yards and four touchdowns in the 55-6 win over U-Prep Friday night. (File photo Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

COTTONWOOD – West Valley advances to the Northern Section Division III semifinals with a dominant 55-6 win over University Prep on Friday Night.

West Valley is seeded No. 1 for a reason. A dominant display adds on to the Eagles impressive resume. Now 10-1 overall, 5-0 in NAL and 1-0 in playoffs. Offensively, West Valley has put up big numbers, including 55 points in the playoff opener. Most Valuable Player front-runner Bailey Sulzer had another short night for the Eagles. He ran for 149 yards on just seven carries for four touchdowns, scoring on runs of 46, 6, 42, and 45 yards. West Valley’s Cade Lambert also chipped in with two touchdowns, including a 63-yard touchdown. Myles Gibbons, Kitt McCloughan, and Devin Low also scored one piece.

Eagles coach Greg Grandell had nothing but good things to say after the game.

“Speed. We got speed. We’re playing at a high level,” Grandell said. “We’ve played a couple teams that haven’t had our schedule we played and it shows. We are just playing at a clip that’s really outstanding right now. We are running well and we’re healthy.

West Valley scored 33 seconds into the game and never looked back, leading 27- after the end of the first quarter and 41-0 at halftime.

On the other side of the ball, University Prep (6-5) couldn’t get much going at all against the Eagles defense. The Panthers finished the game with 146 yards on 51 plays. The only touchdown coming late in the 4th quarter on a 23-yard pass from Dylan Cabral to Jordan Miller avoiding the shutout. Cabral threw for 11 completions on 25 attempts for 94 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The running back trio of Cole Abel, Riley Seay and Jacob Reuss only managed 26 yards.

West Valley moves on and hosts Lassen next week in the semifinals in Cottonwood on Friday night. The Eagles won 21-0 on Oct. 26 in Susanville.

“The emphasis is going to be defense,” Sulzer said. “We got to execute our plays. We just got to play our game. Obviously, every opponent matters. But we know if we do what we need to do and execute, we will get the job done.”

Meanwhile, U-Prep is eliminated from the D-III playoffs, finishing the season 6-5 overall.

Max is a young up-and-coming journalist who carries shares a die-hard passion for sports with the rest of the SCS team and has loved sports ever since he can remember. He's covered Northern Section championship football and basketball games as well as state playoffs games in his first year as a reporter for SCS. Max is currently enrolled at Shasta College and is working toward his Bachelors Degree in journalism.

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