Dominant league clinching wins for Shasta and West Valley
REDDING, Calif. - The Shasta Wolves and West Valley Eagles stayed unbeaten atop their respective leagues Friday night with one week remaining in the CIF Northern Section regular season.
The Wolves, (8-1, 4-0), secured the Eastern Athletic League title with a dominant 55-14 win at Pleasant Valley. Detrius Kelsall and Vincent Smith each found pay dirt twice in the opening half, as the defending state champ Vikings fell to 3-6 and 2-2. Smith rushed for 258 yards on 21 carries, as the Wolves topped 530 yards rushing as a team.
In a battle for the league title in the Division III Northern Athletic League, West Valley became the first team to solve Anderson's high-scoring offense, pounding out a 48-7 win.
The Eagles stymied the Cubs' opening drive as Cole Burris flushed out Rodney Kincaid, forcing an ill-advised pass that was picked off by Austin Swann who returned it for the score. West Valley, (5-4, 5-0), never trailed.
Bailey Sulzer and Dylan Moore were a stifling duo out of the backfield, and Alex Hight threw multiple scoring passes as the Eagles, once dubbed the best 0-4 team in the Northstate, rolled to their fifth straight league win, snapping Anderson's seven-game win streak, falling to 7-2 and 4-1.
In other highlighted matchups, Chico, (6-3, 3-1), moved into second in the EAL with a 22-21 win at Foothill, (5-4, 2-2).
In a NAL game played at Shasta College, senior duo Marshall Brose and Conner McKenzie hooked up on scoring strikes in each of the first two quarters as Red Bluff, (4-5, 3-2), never trailed against Central Valley, (0-9, 0-5), topping the Falcons 42-14.
In Division V Shasta Cascade play, the University Prep Panthers remain unbeaten in league action, crushing Modoc, 56-7. The Panthers, (6-3, 3-0), won their third straight as the Braves fell to 4-5 and 1-2.
In Palo Cedro, 8-Man North action saw Redding Christian, (6-3, 6-1), outscore Butte Valley, 43-32. The Bulldogs, (4-5, 3-4), led 14-7 in the second quarter after Jacob Field's second touchdown.
But Redding Christian, playing without starting quarterback Austin Larson, didn't miss a beat with Isaiah VanDenend under center. The junior rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns, and hit Brian Rogers on a 79-yard scoring pass in the first quarter. Rogers also returned a kick 80 yards for a score for the Lions.
Elsewhere, Weed won their third straight, topping Tulelake, 43-7. Dunsmuir forfeited to Happy Camp.
Big Valley stayed unbeaten after blasting Hayfork, 55-0. The Cardinals have outscored opponents by a 504-36 margin this year.
Burney beat Portola, 25-17.
Playing for their new head coach Chris Combs, Enterprise topped the Bobcats 49-34 in Paradise.
The top-ranked team in the Northstate according to MaxPreps, Sutter downed Orland 28-6 to stay unbeaten atop the Butte View League in DIII.
Pierce rattled Willows, 49-6. Gridley downed Oroville, 42-7.
Las Plumas thrashed Wheatland, 63-6. Corning topped Lassen, 33-28. Fall River stayed unbeaten in DV Shasta Cascade League play, topping Etna, 36-0.
Quincy dumped Biggs, 35-12 at Feather River College. East Nicolaus stayed perfect on the season, outscoring Trinity 50-20 in Weaverville.
Los Molinos, (6-2, 4-1), visits Mercy, (2-6, 2-3), Saturday at 1:00 p.m.