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Week 10 Capsules: League title on the line when U-Prep hosts East Nicolaus in Tri Counties Bank Game of the Week

Tri Counties Bank Game of the Week

East Nicoluas (8-1) at U-Prep (8-1), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Spartans beat Williams 47-0; Panthers beat Trinity 45-14


Spartans: QB Gavin McAuliff, FB JT Stinson, RB Mitch Barker, LB Garrett McCray, LB Justen Bendure

Panthers: QB Trevor Trueblood, WR Riley Seay, TE Trayton Laustalot, CB Damon Uribe, OL/DL Kalani Cheeseman

The lowdown

East Nicolaus: The Spartans have posted years of 13-2, 13-1, 13-1 and 13-1 over the past four seasons … East Nic is 3-0 against U-Prep all time, outscoring the Panthers 173-49 … The Spartans won a VI-AA state title in 2015 … Since 2015, East Nic has lost in three straight NorCal Bowl games.

U-Prep: Seay has scored every way but a pick-6 and fumble return for TD this season … Eight wins is the best win total in school history, surpassing the inaugural year when they were 7-3 … Darren Trueblood is the school’s fourth head coach … U-Prep has four players with more than 250 yards rushing — Cole Abel, Jake Reuss, Caden Adams and Seay.


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Lassen (7-2) at Shasta (5-4), 7:30 p.m.

James Weaver runs in the Wolves’ 50-21 win over Foothill last week. Weaver leads a three-headed rushing attack into a Week 10 battle with Lassen. (Photo by Tony Hord / Shasta County Sports)

Last week: Grizzlies lost 13-7 to West Valley; Wolves beat Foothill 50-21


Grizzlies: QB Brock Wolf, RB Tavin Folwer, WR Aaron Ogburn, RB Nick Valdez, LB Dylan Goff

Wolves: FB Johari Woods, LB Isaiah Pena, S Tate Fagan, OL/DE Bladen Stankey, WR Aidan Gomes

The lowdown

Lassen: The Grizzlies appear locked into the No. 3 seed in the Division III playoffs … Lassen’s 54-21 win last year, snapped a three-game win streak by the Wolves (2011-13) … Coach Tom St. Jacques, in his final season, is fourth on the section all-time victory list with a record of 188-99-1.

Shasta: After starting the season 1-4, the Wolves have reeled off four straight wins and have outscored opponents 158-84 … In that four-game span, Shasta averaged 333 yards rushing per game … Woods, James Weaver and Nathan Bova all have more than 500 yards rushing with Woods leading the way with 751 yards … Linebackers Pena and Michael Traylor are leading the team with 70 and 64 tackles, respectively.

Foothill (5-4) at Chico (8-1), 7:30 p.m.

Tyler Carey leads the Cougars into a Week 10 battle with Chico. (Photo by Tony Hord / Shasta County Sports)

Last week: Cougars lost 50-21 to Shasta; Panthers beat Pleasant Valley 20-10


Cougars: QB Brandon Merryman, RB Bryce Henderson, LB Dylan Wiegand, WR Tyler Carey, WR Chris Ostergren

Panthers: QB Jake Hamman, WR Abe Del Real, WR/CB Marvelous Owens, S/WR Atticus Mikles, K Gannon Agnew

The lowdown

Foothill: Merryman is third in the section with 1,674 yards passing (204 yards per game) … Carey sits at 1,000 yards receiving on 44 receptions … linebacker Wiegand is averaging 10.5 tackles per game for Matt Diskin’s defense … 2011 was Foothill’s last appearance in a section title game.

Chico: CalPreps predicts a 40-19 Panthers’ victory … Chico hasn’t won a section title since 1990 … The Panthers trail the series since 2004 7-9, but have won the last three games over Foothill … Chico’s lone loss was 40-0 to Sutter in Week 3.

Red Bluff (0-9) at Enterprise (0-9), 7:30 p.m.

Eli Cortinas looks to lead Enterprise to a Week 10 battle against Red Bluff for the No. 5 seed. (Photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)

Last week: Spartans were idle: Hornets fell 48-26 to Paradise


Spartans: QB Eli Wehbey,  DE Caleb Ortego, WR Clyde Shaver, LB Jayden Magana, K Aaron Rodriguez

Hornets: RB Eli Cortinas, QB Pierce Embury, WR Jason Butcher,  WR Jahari Johnson,  DL Raiden Ichida

The lowdown

Red Bluff: Wehbey has thrown for 1,228 yards on 115-of-211 passing and eight TDs against five INTs … Braden Robinson leads the Spartans with 352 yards rushing on 97 carries — a 3.6 per carry average … Red Bluff beat Enterprise last year 28-21 to keep the Hornets from the playoffs … The 2018 victory was only the second Red Bluff win over Enterprise since 2004. The last RB win before that was 14-7 in 2004.

Enterprise: CalPreps predicts a 35-24 Hornets’ victory … Enterprise has never gone 0-10 … Cortinas has 1,147 yards rushing on the season on 193 carries … The winner of this game is the likely No. 5 seed in the Division II playoffs.

Anderson (5-4) at Yreka (2-7), 7:30 p.m.

Anderson High’s Gator Wilson needs less than 100 passing yards to set the school single-season record. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

Last week: Cubs lost 39-28 to Corning ; Miners lost 27-0 to Central Valley


Cubs: QB Gator Wilson, WR Marquice Crowell, WR Christian Teague, RB Devin Wilson, OL Jamie Cushman Jr.

Miners: QB Trey Setzer, RB Jacob Peterson, LB Randall Hughes, LB Steven Sparks

The lowdown

Anderson: CalPreps predicts a 42-14 Cubs’ victory … Anderson’s three NAL losses are by 65 total points … Gator Wilson and Crowell combined to set single-season school records for passing TDs (21) and receiving yards (974) and receiving TDs (13) … Wilson is within reach of setting the single-season school passing yardage record of 1,757 by the late Denny Brugman in 1990.

Yreka: The Miners’ two wins are over 4-5 Mount Shasta and 1-8 Trinity … Yreka forfeited games against West Valley and Lassen this season … The Miners have two winning seasons since 2004 (7-4 in 2012 and 8-4 in 2007) … Yreka is 3-12 against Anderson since 2004 and is on a five-game losing streak to Big Blue.

Los Molinos (6-2) at Fall River (7-2), 7 p.m.

Fall River senior Timmy Westlund has carried the load for the Bulldogs this season. (File photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)

Last week: Bulldogs idle; Bulldogs; 2-0 forfeit win over Weed


Los Molinos: QB Nick Macias, RB Hunter Landingham, WR Hiram Lamkins, LB Logan Rose, Clay Ames

Fall River: QB Ryan Osborne, RB Timmy Westlund, WR Kenny Westlund, WR/LB Royce Knoch, DE Jarom Oilar

The lowdown

Los Molinos: CalPreps predicts a 22-21 Los Molinos win  … LoMo’s two losses are to Biggs and Modoc … Landingham has rushed for 1,540 yards this season on 179 carries … Los Molinos is 0-4 all time to Fall River.

Fall River: The hosts are playing for the Division V No. 1 seed as they hold a head-to-head over Biggs … Fall River is the reigning section champions … FR has gone 12-0, 9-3, 10-3, 12-1, 10-1, 9-4 over the past five seasons … Timmy Westlund has 11 touchdowns on the year.

8-Man Playoffs

No. 3 North – Tulelake (8-2) at No. 2 South – Burney (6-3), 7 p.m.

Last week: Honkers beat Butte Valley 21-13; Raiders were idle


Honkers: QB Cesar Sandoval, RB Tristan Walker, WR Henry Acencio, DE Jesus Garcia, DB Jose Martinez

Raiders: QB Connor Pfadt, RB Hayden Crook, LB Carson Crook, RB Langston Tate, OL Brayden St. Clair

The lowdown

Tulelake: The Honkers beat Burney 21-16 on Sept. 13 at home … Tulelake scored 21 first-half points and hung on as the Raiders scored two second-half TDs … Tulelake’s eight wins are the best since 2004.

Burney: Pfadt scored both the Raiders’ TDs in the regular-season meeting with Tulelake — a passing score and a TD run … Burney has three losses on the year — two to South No. 1 seed Chester and the other to Tulelake … This is Burney’s first home playoff game since 2005 … Crook, Pfadt and Tate all have more than 650 yards rushing.

No. 4 South – Greenville (6-4) at No. 1 North – Redding Christian (8-1), 6 p.m.

Last week: Indians lost 50-0 to Chester; Lions beat Big Valley 21-12


Indians: QB Andrew Putnam, RB Harlan Savala, RB Garrett Miille, LB Trevor Barr, DB Wade Neer

Lions: QB Clark Smith, WR Karson Molter, LB Ryne Luaces, RB Carson Piper, OL Sam Standifer

The lowdown

Greenville: Putnam has 1,827 yards passing on the season on 90-of-144 passing and 22 TDs … Putnam also leads two other runners with more than 500 yards rushing … Barr is Putnam’s go-to receiver with 41 catches for 803 yards and eight scores … Greenville is 1-2 all time against Redding Christian with the lone win in 2017 — a 52-50 victory.

Redding Christian: The Lions have gone 2-7, 13-1, 12-1, 13-0, 12-0, 9-3, 6-4 and 7-5 in school history … Piper cracked the 1,000-yard rushing mark last game and sits at 1,085 yards .. The Lions own two section titles (2015 and 2013) …The Lions lost the 2014 section championship to Big Valley, but the Cardinals vacated that title and RC ended 13-0.

IDLE – West Valley (10-0), Central Valley (3-6), Pleasant Valley (5-5)

Other Northern Section games

Biggs 2, Weed 0 – Forfeit
Mount Shasta (4-5) at Trinity (1-8), 7:30 p.m.
Williams (4-5) at Hamilton (1-8), 7:30 p.m.
Victory Bell Bowl – Las Plumas (0-9) at Oroville (3-6), 7:30 p.m.
Orland (5-4) at Sutter (8-1), 7:30 p.m.
Modoc at Etna, 7:30 p.m.
Live Oak at Colusa, 7:30 p.m.
Wheatland (6-3) at Gridley (4-5), 7:30 p.m.
Pierce (6-3) at Durham (2-7), 7:30 p.m.
Winters (3-6) at Willows (3-6), 7:30 p.m.

8-Man Quarterfinals

No. 4 North – Hayfork (6-3) at No. 1 South – Chester (10-0), 7 p.m.
No. 3 South – Princeton (7-2) at No. 2 North – Big Valley (7-2), 7 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. Williams has coached various sports at the high school level over the past decade, most recently at Shasta High, and is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.


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