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Week 1 football capsules: WV hosts Enterprise in Tri Counties Bank Game of the Week

Previews of all Shasta County football games for Week One

Football finally hits September as everyone in the Northern Section will have a game under their belt after this weekend. Some teams — Shasta and Central Valley — even have bye weeks this early in the year.

West Valley faces its third “Redding” area squad when it hosts Enterprise at The Pasture at 7:30 p.m. Friday. It’s the season opener for the Hornets, while the Eagles have been Tri Counties Bank Game of the Week staples, playing in the Shasta County Sports marquee matchup for the third straight week.

Friday, Sept. 6

Enterprise (0-0) at West Valley (2-0), Tri Counties Bank Game of the Week, 7:30 p.m

Last week: Enterprise did not play; West Valley beat Foothill 20-14

Top Players

Hornets: QB Pierce Embury (6-0, 150), WR Michael Michoff (6-0, 155), DE/DT Kobe Rodriguez (5-10, 23), LB Roberto Cruz (5-9, 150), RB  Eli Cortinas (5-9, 175)

Eagles: QB LB/HB Cade Lambert (6-0, 195), DE/HB Wyatt Reginato (6-0, 200), LB/S Garrett Thibodeau (5-11, 187), OL/LB Jacob Johnston (5-9, 170), WR/DB Dylan Booth (5-9, 172)

The lowdown

Enterprise: The Hornets hit the field for the first time in 2019, the last Northern Section team to see action this season … Enterprise was 1-9 last season and missed the postseason for the first time since 2010 … Embury leads Enterprise at quarterback after missing his junior season.

West Valley: The Eagles seek the “Redding” sweep after beating Shasta and Foothill in successive weeks … West Valley erased a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit in the 20-14 win last week over Foothill … Lambert, the top-ranked player in Shasta County Sports’ Top 50 Returner Rankings, was the Cal-Hi Sports Defensive Player of the Week two weeks ago after Dub-V Nation’s win over Shasta where he amassed 18 tackles.

Eureka (1-1) at Foothill (0-1), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Eureka lost 17-14 to Windsor; Foothill lost 20-14 to West Valley

Top Players

Loggers:  QB Trevor Bell (6-0, 180), RB Keeb Her (5-7, 175), TE/DE Chase Steubing (6-1, 200), LB Jack Hill (5-11, 175), OL/DE Miles Meynell (6-5, 235

Cougars: QB/S Brandon Merryman (6-0, 180), WR Chris Ostergren (5-6, 155), RB Bryce Henderson (5-8, 160), OL Cody Sisco (5-11, 245), WR Dustin Niles (6-3, 165)

The lowdown

Eureka: After going 23-2 over the past two seasons, the Loggers are off to an 0-2 start, the first since 2008 … The Loggers advanced to the NorCal 3-AA title game after winning a coin flip over Cardinal Newman after smoke from the Camp Fire affected playoffs throughout Northern California … Eureka fell 27-20 to Menlo-Atherton in the NorCal game.

Foothill: The Cougars need to rebound in a hurry after surrendering a 14-point, fourth-period lead after Henderson dominated the first three quarters of play … Foothill lost 62-14 last year to the Loggers on the coast … Wide receiver Tyler Carey finished last week’s game with 119 all-purpose yards.

Ferndale (0-1) at Fall River (1-0), 7:30 p.m.

Last Week: Ferndale lost 28-17 to Clear Lake (Aug. 24); Fall River beat Modoc 20-6

Top Players

Wildcats: QB Jenner Christiansen (6-2), WR Landon Gomes (5-10, 160), RB/LB Lane Branstetter (5-7), DB/WR Javier Lopez (5-8, 135), RB Colson Renner

Bulldogs: RB Timmy Westlund (5-11, 185), QB Ryan Osborne (6-0, 190), WR Royce Knoch (6-0, 165), DL/LB Xavier Rodriguez (5-10, 195), DE Jarom Oilar (6-4, 175)

The lowdown

Ferndale: First-year Wildcats coach Clint McClurg is familiar with Fall River as he coached rival Burney for 10 years, from 2007-2016 … His record against the Bulldogs was 1-20 … The Wildcats allowed 22 unanswered points in season-opening loss to Clear Lake.

Fall River: Bulldogs sophomore quarterback Osborne was an efficient 12-of-20 passing for 132 yards and one score in season opener … Westlunds get it done as Timmy rushed for two scores and Kenny returned an 85-yard kickoff for a score … Fall River is reigning Northern Section Division V champion with the Bulldogs’ last loss in 2017 to Chester in the D-V title game.

Orland (0-1) at Anderson (1-0), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: The Trojans lost 34-10 to Amador; Anderson beat Red Bluff 20-14.

Top Players

Trojans: WR/CB Jacob Schermer (6-0, 170), RB Hunter Foster (5-10, 175), SS/RB Gustavo Carillo (5-10, 180), OL Angel Bravo (6-4, 300), WR Dustin Wilson (5-9, 150)

Cubs: RB Devin Wilson (5-9, 161), WR/CB Marquice Crowell  (5-11, 162), OL/DL Jamie Cushman Jr. (6-4, 294), OL/DL Marcus Trotter (6-4, 263), QB/WR Gator Wilson (6-0, 152)

The lowdown

Orland: Bravo was named as one of Battle Prep West’s top NorCal lineman in the Class of 2021, according to the Chico E-R … Trojans mustered a first-half field goal and fourth-period touchdown in loss last week … Schermer is a two-way player who was All Northern Section last season.

Anderson: The M.A.S.H. unit that is Big Blue came away with a win over the Spartans, but at a cost as two-way starter Mason Fuentes went down with an injury … It was the second straight season the Cubs hung on to beat Red Bluff in the season opener … Devin Wilson ran for 120 yards on 25 carries and two scores for Anderson … Marquice Crowell picked up where he left off last year with over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.

U-Prep (1-0) at Live Oak (0-1), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: U-Prep beat Pierce 49-48; Live Oak lost 18-6 to Williams

Top Players

Panthers: RB/CB Riley Seay (5-5, 145), DE/T Ryan Hart (6-1, 170), QB/LB Trevor Trueblood (6-0), RB/LB Cole Abel (5-11), RB/LB Jake Reuss (5-8, 175)

Lions: RB Odin Moody (5-8, 160), WR Eddie Torres (6-5), LB/RB Lazaro Romo (5-6, 140), G/DL Hunter Ballantyne (6-1, 235), QB Tony Vallejo (5-7, 160)

The lowdown

U-Prep: The Panthers had enough offense to outlast Pierce 49-48 last week … U-Prep must shore up a defense that gave up 48 points to the Bears, the most points given up to a non-league opponent since losing 49-43 to Union Mine on Sept. 30, 2016 … Riley Seay is small in stature, but he plays large. In addition to taking the opening kick to the house, Seay came up big time and again for Darren Trueblood’s squad and was named the Player of the Week in Shasta County.

Live Oak: The Lions were stingy on defense to the Yellowjackets, but allowed an interception return for a TD to Williams in the loss … Moody led Live Oak with 654 yards rushing last year as a sophomore … The Lions are 32-62 since a 10-2 season in 2010.

Redding Christian (0-1) at Herlong (1-0), 1 p.m., Saturday

Last week: Redding Christian lost 14-6 to Chester; Herlong beat Dunsmiur 48-20

Top Players

Lions: QB/LB Clark Smith (5-9, 155), WR/CB Carson Piper (5-9, 140), T/LB Ryne Luaces (6-1, 155), WR/LB Josiah VanDenend (5-11, 175), C/DE Sam Standifer (6-1, 280)

The lowdown

Redding Christian: The Lions failed to cash in a last-second scoring opportunity last week … Piper had five catches for 114 yards and a 41-yard TD reception … Quarterback Smith also had nine tackles.

Herlong: The Vikings are off to a 1-0 start after going  11-36 the past five seasons … The trip from Palo Cedro to Herlong is 141 miles and more than two hours by car.

Burney (1-0) at Chester (1-0), 6 p.m., Friday

Last week: Burney beat Happy Camp 58-14; Hayfork beat Greenville 28-22

Update: Hayfork forfeits due to player injuries. Burney picked up Chester.

Top Players

Raiders: QB Connor Pfadt (5-11, 145), LB/WR Hayden Crook (5-8, 190), RB/DE Langston Tate (5-6, 135), LB Ryan Banos (5-6), WR/DB Owen Von Schalscha (5-5, 125)

The lowdown

Burney: Raiders got their first win in nearly two years last week … Burney had three players – Crook, Pfadt and Tate run for more than 100 yards … Con Schalscha, a freshman, was second on the team in tackles with seven and a caused fumble.

Chester: Chester beat Redding Christian last week 14-6 … The Volcanoes played for the Northern Section Division V (11-man) championship last fall, losing to Fall River.

Bye: Shasta (1-1), Central Valley (1-0)

Other games

Pleasant Valley (1-1) at Valley Christian (1-0), 7 p.m.
Chico (1-0) at Lassen (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Sutter (0-1) at Red Bluff (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Las Plumas (0-1) at Corning (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Yreka (0-1) at South Umpqua (0-0), 7 p.m.
Colusa (1-0) at Trinity (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Durham (0-1) at Williams (1-1), 7:30 p.m.
Willows (0-0) at Hamilton (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Oroville (0-0) at Marysville (1-1), 7:30 p.m.
Pierce (0-1) at Clear Lake (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Esparto (0-1) at Biggs (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Mesa Verde (1-1) at East Nicolaus (0-1), 7 p.m.
Hoopa Valley (0-1) at Etna (1-0), 6:30 p.m.
Gridley (0-0) at Paradise (2-0), 7 p.m.
Maxwell (1-0) at Delta (2-0), 7 p.m.
St. Helena (2-0) at Winters (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Wheatland (1-0) at Lindhurst (0-2), 7:30 p.m.
Modoc (0-1) at Mount Shasta (0-1), 7 p.m.

8-Man

Portola (1-0) at Foresthill (1-1), 7:30 p.m.
Loyalton (0-0) at Big Valley (0-0), 7 p.m.
Dunsmuir (0-1) at Chester (1-0), 6 p.m.
Westwood (0-1) at Happy Camp (0-1), 6 p.m.
Mercy (0-0) at Tulelake (1-0), 6 p.m.

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. In addition to coaching freshman football, Williams is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.

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