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U-Prep rolls Hamilton 55-8 to improve to 5-1

U-Prep's Trayton Laustalot runs the ball after hauling in a pass during Friday's game against Hamilton. Laustalot caught two touchdowns in the game. (Maddie Harrell/Shasta County Sports)
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Momentum can be a scary thing.

When a team’s rolling, look out.

The University Prep Panthers showed that even a bye week can’t slow them down as they notched the programs first 5-1 start in school history in as they rolled Hamilton 42-0 on Friday night at Gilmore Field.

Quarterback Trevor Trueblood led the way with 237 yards through the air in only three and a half quarters of play, tossing three touchdowns in the victory over Hamilton.

“My line gives me a lot of time up front to go through my reads and I know I have receivers that will go up and make plays,” said Trueblood.

Cole Abel and Trayton Laustalot combined for four touchdowns on a short night. Abel’s two were on the ground and Laustalot’s two were receiving scores, including a 51-yard screen touchdown.

U-Prep players Cole Abel (42) and Parker Moore (56) make a tackle Friday night in the 55-8 win over Hamilton. (Maddie Harrell/Shasta County Sports)

U-Prep started the scoring with a 5-yard cross route from Trueblood to Justin Zedonis, followed up by a fake field goal, that was kept by Riley Seay for the 2-point conversion.

Hamilton responded with a 57-yard boot pass from Jared Strong to Luis Hinojosa, which set up an 8-yard touchdown pass with the pair again. Strong would take in the 2-point conversion to tie the game at 8 after the first.

Trueblood scored immediately in the second quarter on a 19-yard pass to Laustalot. A drive later Jake Reuss walked it in untouched from around the goal line. The Panthers would again hold the Braves to a three-and-out and quickly score on a 5-yard rush from Abel to give them the 34-8 advantage going to intermission.

The rest of the game saw much of the same as U-Prep would score in five plays out of intermission and take out their starters to begin the fourth quarter. The Panthers would march on to win 55-8.

U-Prep’s Jake Reuss runs the ball Friday night at home against Hamilton. (Maddie Harrell/Shasta County Sports)

U-Prep (1-0 Mid-Valley League, 5-1) head coach Darren Trueblood is already making his coaching mark known in just his second season at the helm for the Panthers. With already four titles from his Enterprise tenure, he has helped the Panthers make a giant leap in Year Two. Now with more than a season of implementing his coaching style into the program, (Darren) Trueblood is ready to take his senior-led team of Seay, Laustalot, Abel, and his son Trevor all the way.

“They’re starting to believe in what we ask them to do. They come to practice and work every day,” said U-Prep head coach Darren Trueblood.

“We don’t have a lot of numbers. We got 23 guys, but they’ve really created a bond and became a family. It’s special to be a part of it.”

Hamilton (1-5) continues to try to find its niche. After allowing an early lead last week against Central Valley slip, the Braves are still seeking their second win of the season. Friday night showed Hamilton still has work to be done as the Braves sputtered against a second straight upper-division, this one against a hot U-Prep team. The Braves look to get back on the winning track under head coach Matt Jarvis, who coached Hamilton to a 6-5 overall record three seasons ago, his first season.

Jarvis declined to comment on the game.


Hamilton travels to face a hungry winless Trinity team and look for their second win of the season.

Meanwhile, U-Prep plays at Williams next Friday. The Panthers lost last season 28-7.

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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