Foothill High’s Jayden Gordon is used to grabbing all of the headlines for quarterbacks in Shasta County. He’s got wheels and has proven he can fire it into tight windows.
But Chico’s Ty Thomas turned heads with his four-touchdown performance to beat Foothill 42-7 in the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week that helped Chico earn a share of the Eastern Athletic League title and the No. 1 overall seed in the Northern Section Division II playoffs. Thomas is the Tri Counties Bank Player of the Game of for the Redding Rancheria Game of the Week.
At 6-foot-5, Thomas stood tall in the pocket and had great touch on his throws. And his running ability opened the game up for the Chico offense that hung 42 on Foothill, the Panthers’ second-highest scoring output of the season.
“We’re really proud of Ty; he’s at the top of his game,” Chico head coach Jason Alvistur said. “He’s running, he’s throwing, he’s being a leader. He’s coming into his own and blossoming and we’re proud of him.”
In the end, Thomas completed 14 of 22 passes for 209 yards and ran for another 76 yards on six carries and two touchdowns. He broke it open with a 37-yard run up the gut where he went untouched and accelerated into the end zone. His second rushing score was on a 1-yard plunge. Thomas threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Abe Del Real and fit a 19-yard touchdown pass between two Foothill defenders to Anthony Thomas.
Tri Counties Bank Player of the Game
Week 0 — West Valley 16, Foothill 0 — Bailey Sulzer, RB/LB, West Valley, Sr.
Week 1 — Enterprise 35, West Valley 14 — Leslie Cummings, QB/DB, Enterprise, Sr.
Week 2 — U-Prep 15, Clear Lake 0 — U-Prep defense
Week 3 — Eureka 62, Shasta 14 — Alec Meek, RB, Shasta, Sr.
Week 4 — Paradise 43, Foothill 40 — Jayden Gordon, QB/DB, Foothill, Sr.
Week 5 — West Valley 55, Orland 7 — West Valley defense
Week 6 — West Valley 26, Anderson 0 — Bailey Sulzer, RB/LB, West Valley, Sr.
Week 7 — Foothill 42, Enterprise 28 — Jayden Gordon, QB/DB, Foothill, Sr.
Week 8 — Shasta 47, Enterprise 10 (River Bowl XXVI) — James Weaver, RB, Shasta, So.
Week 9 — Foothill 49, Shasta 20 — Jayden Gordon, QB/DB, Foothill, Sr.
Week 10 — Chico 42, Foothill 7 — Ty Thomas, QB, Chico, Sr.