The Shasta County Sports Game of the Week, presented by Tri Counties Bank, features Foothill at Enterprise, both of which have lost consecutive games.
Here’s a look at each of the this week’s matchups. Shasta (4-1) is on a bye and Redding Christian (2-2) finished its season.
SPECTATORS: Each school has specific instructions on who they are allowing in at the gate due to COVID protocols. The Shasta Union High School District is allowing immediate family members residing in the same household to be placed on a list to get into the game. Administration will be checking ID to allow entry. The school will turn you away if you are not on the list. PLEASE check with the school on their policy before going to the stadium.
Tri Counties Bank Game of the Week
Enterprise (1-4) at Foothill (3-2) | 6 p.m.
Neither Enterprise or Foothill are wrapping up the season the way it had planned. Both enter with back-to-back losses — Enterprise with four straight since the season-opening win over Anderson and Foothill with two defeats to the two teams ahead of the Cougars in the SCS Power Rankings (West Valley and Shasta, respectively). Foothill’s last win came against Enterprise three weeks ago when defensive back Jarius Mast intercepted four Hornet passes.
Things could be a little different this time around with the Hornets expecting to stick to the run game a little more often as it did last week against Shasta and feeding workhorse back Eli Cortinas as much as possible. The senior tailback has 450 rushing yards on the season, which ranks second Shasta County despite posting a two-yard effort once this season. Foothill counters with a stout defensive line led by Caleb Tuggle and Eric Roberts while the trenches continue to be a strength on the offensive side of the ball as well with Jack Maready leading the charge up front.
In the previous meeting, Foothill was unable to capitalize on extra opportunities from Enterprise’s turnovers and let the Hornets hang around in the 28-15 victory. Cougar receivers didn’t do their sophomore quarterback any favors last week with several dropped passes, which needs to change for Foothill to get back in the win column and set up a monumental showdown with Shasta in the final week of the season. Cooper Laloli is having a standout senior season with 391 rushing yards and six touchdowns through five games.
Joey Brown is 6-5 all-time against Enterprise and has won the past five meetings.
West Valley (4-0) at Central Valley (3-1) | 6 p.m.
The Valley Bowl might not have the same hype as River Bowl. Started in 2004 between West Valley’s Greg Grandell and Central Valley’s Matt Hunsaker, the two schools at the opposite ends of Shasta County were looking for a rivalry game to spark interest in their respective communities. Through the first eight meetings, it was split 4-4 but the annual regular season meeting between the two has since been a one-sided affair with West Valley winning the past seven and owning the Valley Bowl series record 12-4.
The Eagles enter Friday’s 2021 finale looking for their 23rd straight regular season win and face a rising Falcon program headed up by Aaron Richards, who was on the Eagles’ roster for the first Valley Bowl game in 2004 (and had six tackles in the game as well). The three-headed monster of QB Noah Mason, RB Holden Gilbert and WR Hayden Boyes has this offense peaking and vying for a fourth straight Northern Athletic League championship. The defense, led by linemen Chris Whitney, Spencer Sellers and Anthony Rogers, is no slouch either, allowing 26 total points in four games.
CV suffered a 17-0 loss last week to U-Prep, the same team West Valley blanked 30-0, for its first defeat of the year. The defense, led by Jaden Elliot, Willie Mowry, Christian Mayer, Kade Crowell and Jonny Mack has held its own. Richards preached patience to get the offense moving. It showed it can pick up yardage and first downs last week but he’ll need this unit to establish more consistency to sustain long drives to have success against the Eagles.
U-Prep (4-1) at Lassen (1-4) | 7:30 p.m.
Usually traveling to Susanville at the end of the season means a snowy bus ride and a freezing cold atmosphere which the Grizzlies can use as a home field advantage. But the temperature is staying warm for the Panthers’ final week and U-Prep puts a potential school record on the line against a Lassen team that was shut out against Anderson 8-0 last week and is reeling under first-year head coach Jason McCloskey. The win would give the Panthers the best single-season winning percentage in program history, besting last year’s mark of 8-3 overall (.727 winning percentage), albeit a short season.
Quarterback Chris Jimenez has found his groove now that he’s had a couple weeks of practice to take snaps, tossing six touchdowns in the past two games. At his disposal is a bevy of weapons, most notably Carter Abel, Jake Reuss, Caden Adams and rising star Kevin Cox, who was the Redding Rancheria Player of the Game last week against Central Valley after dabbling with success on offense, defense and special teams.
The Panthers’ defense, especially on the line, might be the most overlooked unit in Shasta County despite holding all opponents except West Valley to 7.7 points in four games. Guys like Connor Gilbreath — the section’s leader in sacks (9), Ryan Hart, Cedrick Clark, Brenden Nye and Justin Berglund have been nasty in the trenches.
Anderson (1-2) at Yreka (0-4) | 7:30 p.m.
Anderson was bit with the COVID bug and had to miss two games in the six-game shortened season. But the Cubs returned last week to beat Lassen and pick up their first victory. The 8-0 win wasn’t pretty, at least on offense, head coach Don Trotter said, but a win gives Big Blue a chance to salvage a .500 season by going to winless Yreka this week. Kaeson Saelee has been a bright spot for the Cubs, scoring four of their five touchdowns on the year. The emergence of Porter Virgin in the secondary bolsters this defensive unit that is allowing 14 points per game and faces a Miners squad that is scoring 13 points per contest.
Other NSCIF games:
Pierce (2-2) at Winters (3-1), 7:30 p.m.
Paradise (3-1) at Gridley (3-1), 7:30 p.m.
Sutter (4-0) at Wheatland (0-4), 7 p.m.
Red Bluff (2-3) at Chico (2-1), 6 p.m.
Oroville (1-3) at Las Plumas (1-3), 7:30 p.m.
Orland (1-2) at Corning (2-2), 7:30 p.m.
Live Oak (0-3) at East Nicolaus (1-2), 7 p.m.
Quincy (2-2) at Greenville (0-4), 7 p.m.
Pleasant Valley 41, Durham 0 — FINAL THURSDAY