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Week 7 Shasta County Sports Helmet Stickers

Foothill High's Tyler Carey drags an Enterprise defender during their 38-0 Friday night win in the Tri Counties Bank Game of the Week. Carey had over 100 yards receiving and two touchdowns. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

Each week we take a look at extraordinary performances throughout Shasta County from Friday night. From game altering plays, to standout performances. That can earn one a Shasta County Sports Helmet Sticker. We look at not only those who compiled the most stats, but had an impact on the game. These are week 7’s honorees.

If you have a suggestion for a player who should be awarded a helmet sticker for his performance, let us know by noon on Monday’s by emailing us at ShastaCountySports@gmail.com or message us on social media.

Riley Seay, U-Prep
The 5-foot-5 senior is as versatile as a player comes. Accounting for 299 yards of offense and a total of five touchdowns, including a 90-yard kick return and a 71-yard punt return both for touchdowns. He also added 135 yards on 15 carries for three touchdowns to be named the Shasta County Sports Player of the Week for the second time this season — the only player to earn the honor multiple times in 2019.

Cole Abel, U-Prep 
The halfback may not have huge numbers on the ground every night, but he knows how to find his way into the end zone. Abel ran for two touchdowns in three consecutive games on 53 yards in the win against Williams. 

Trayton Laustalot, U-Prep
The Panthers’ leading receiver hauled in only one catch, but made the most out of it. A 52-yard touchdown as U-Prep would only throw the ball six times. Laustalot has helped his team jump out to a 6-1 overall record and 2-0 in the Mid-Valley League. 

Brandon Merryman, Foothill
The electrifying quarterback has stepped up since the Cougars 2-2 start, leading his team to three straight wins. He accounted for 20 touchdowns across his last five games. In the win over Enterprise, Merryman completed 16-of-22 passes for 269 yards with two touchdown tosses. He also added 71 yards rushing with a pair of scores and was named the Redding Rancheria Player of the Game.

Tyler Carey, Foothill
The flex receiver continues to make the most of his opportunities with eight touches through the air for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Putting him at over 700 yards receiving on the year and a Foothill is standing with an overall record of 5-2 and 2-0 in the EAL. 

Dylan Wiegand, Foothill
The defensive anchor helped his defensive unit shutdown one of the top rushers in the section, junior running back Eli Cortinas, who averages over 100 yards a game. Cortinas was held to just six yards on 15 carries. The linebacker contributed for eight tackles — two solo. 

Connor Pfadt, Burney 
The Raiders’ leader didn’t put up eye-popping numbers as he only had 17 yards through the air and 67 rushing. Although, Pfadt had an 86 yard kick return for a touchdown and he contributed three scores as Burney improves to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the 8-man South. 

Hayden Crook, Burney
The junior carried the rock 10 times for 123 yards and a touchdown. On the defensive end,  he added 11 tackles. Crook has been a key piece in Burney’s success in 8-man football. 

Timmy Westlund, Fall River
After a lopsided loss to Etna, the Bulldogs bounced back against Portola behind Westlund’s 14 carries for 162 yards and three TDs.

Kenny Westlund, Fall River 
The sophomore’s 130 yards and a touchdown helped the Bulldogs fend off Portola to stay in the hunt for a Cascade Valley League title. 

Carson Piper, Redding Christian
The sophomore showed out in the 40-20 win over Hayfork, running for 340 yards and four touchdowns. The Lions improved to 6-1, and remain unbeaten at 5-0 in 8-Man North play. 

Josiah VanDenend, Redding Christian 
The wideout caught a 66-yard scoring strike from fellow quarterback Clark Smith and an interception in the win over Hayfork. 

Defense, Redding Christian
Clark Smith, Carson Piper, Ryne Luaces, Anthony O’Connell, and Sam Standifer all contributed eight tackles a piece. Piper and VanDenend also added an interception for the Lions. 

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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