Xtra Point: Anderson outlasts Corning, Shasta impressive despite first loss
REDDING, Calif. - In an early season Division III Northern League clash at Corning, a rested Anderson Cubs team shocked the Cardinals 33-23 in this Friday night's Xtra Point Game of the Week.
In other featured action, Chico and Shasta had physical home losses, while Oroville and Burney posted impressive wins.
Anderson, (4-1, 1-0), had their hands full with Corning's bruising defense and speed, falling behind 9-0 early after a safety and 74 yard kickoff return by Curtis McCoy. The Cards, (4-2, 1-1), also boast the state's interception leader Brandon Stewart, who picked off Anderson's Rodney Kincaid in the first half.
The Cubs defense caused turnovers, too, with a pair of fumble recoveries in the second quarter, one setting up Kincaid's 21 yard score that cut the lead to 9-7.
Parker Phillips rushed for one score and dove into the end zone with a TD reception, as Anderson outlasted Corning, 33-23.
In Redding, a non-league matchup between unbeatens from two states, Shasta High and Damonte Ranch High out of Nevada, was an exciting shootout. The visiting Mustangs boast Division I prospect, junior quarterback Cade McNamara, who showed a lightning quick release but at times was foiled by a slashing Wolves defense.
Shasta's offense saw big plays from Kurtis Gipson, who had a beautiful touchdown catch on a corner fade thrown by Ian Garcia early in the second quarter, as well as senior running back Seth Park rambled for a 49 yard score as the Wolves, (4-1), led 21-14 at half.
McNamara found his stride, however, and the bigger school, Damonte Ranch, (6-0), ranked as high as fourth in their state, escaped with a 55-41 win.
In Chico at Pleasant Valley High School's stadium, Chico, (3-2), took an early lead as quarterback Ty Thomas rushed for an early score to put them on top of visiting Sutter.
But the Huskies, (4-1), answered on Bryce Kunkle's 63 yard touchdown run, and held on for a 14-7 win.
In the City of Shasta Lake, a matchup of winless rivals saw Oroville, (1-4), spoil Central Valley's homecoming 12-7. The Falcons are now 0-5.
In a Division V Mountain Valley League game in Burney, visiting Biggs, (4-2, 1-1), topped the Raiders 28-12. Burney falls to 1-5 and 0-2 in league play.
In other games, Redding Christian crushed Dunsmuir, 55-20. Trinity stayed unbeaten, downing Etna, 40-7. Big Valley blasted Happy Camp, 59-0. Los Molinos and Princeton combined for 102 points in the Bulldogs' 60-42 win.
Butte Valley claimed the Battle of the Border, 45-7, over Tulelake. Weed edged Hayfork, 24-20, handing the Timberjacks their first loss. Chester won at Mt. Shasta, 28-8.
Paradise outscored Cascade Christian, 42-29. Red Bluff shocked Yreka, 24-20. Eureka got past Enterprise 35-28 to stay unbeaten.
Gridley won at home over Colusa, 39-14. Las Plumas won their fourth game of the season, 39-15 over visiting Live Oak. In Oregon, Lakeview blanked Modoc, 33-0.
This week's episode also featured Player of the Week Dylan Moore of West Valley High School and an update on local football product Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.
Xtra Point airs Friday nights on KRCR News Channel 7 at 11:18 pm, and normally features a half dozen games of highlights, scores and feature notes from the Northstate.