Anderson gets revenge, Shasta and Chico set for rematch
REDDING, Calif. - The Shasta Wolves and Sutter Huskies asserted their status as leaders of the pack in NSCIF football, cruising into their respective division title games with semifinal wins Friday night.
In games highlighted on Xtra Point, Shasta rolled past a Foothill team that played them close for a half in their first meeting. The Wolves, (10-1), scored on the opening play from scrimmage and never looked back, topping the Cougars, (6-6), in Redding, 49-0.
Shasta hosts Chico next Saturday for the NSCIF DII title.
Chico, (8-3), trailed in the opening minute to rival Pleasant Valley, (6-6), before scoring 28 unanswered points en route to the 28-7 win at PV's Asgard Field. Chico also beat PVHS in the Almond Bowl this season, 23-3.
The Panthers lost to the Wolves 33-21 during the regular season, but the 12 point differential was the closest of any opponent since the beginning of league play for the Wolves, the top-ranked team in all divisions in the Northstate according to MaxPreps.
"We're all excited, real excited," said Chico defensive end Jake Farrell. "They got the better of us earlier in the year. We're looking to get the better of them. We'll see how it goes."
The NSCIF Division II title game is tentatively scheduled at Shasta High School on Saturday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m.
In DIII, Anderson avenged a loss to West Valley late in the regular season that cost the Cubs, (10-2), their league's title and a chance to host the Eagles, (6-5), in their semi-final meeting. Anderson won in Cottonwood, 24-21.
The Cubs are scheduled to travel to Sutter next Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. for the NSCIF Division III title.
The Huskies, the second-ranked team in all divisions in the Northstate behind Shasta, pulled away from a physical Gridley team, 55-13. The Bulldogs finish the season 9-3. Sutter is 11-1 heading into the DIII final.
The NSCIF DV matchup will pit Fall River on the road against top-seeded Chester, Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.
The Bulldogs outlasted the Modoc Braves, 28-22 in McArthur. Fall River improved to 9-2 while Modoc's season ends at 6-6.
Chester, (10-1), beat the defending division champion Biggs Wolverines, 28-16. Biggs finishes 7-5.
In NSCIF DIV, Durham improved to 11-1 with a 27-7 win over Pierce, (9-3). The Trojans will travel to top-seeded East Nicolaus. The Spartans remained unbeaten, (12-0), with a 44-7 win over Colusa, (7-5). East Nicolaus will host the DIV title game, scheduled for Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m.
In the NSCIF 8-man championship game, top-seeded Big Valley completed a perfect season, (12-0), with a win over Princeton, 35-0. The Eagles finished the year 9-3.
The final edition of Xtra Point this year also featured many of the top plays captured by KRCR videographers during the season.
Remaining playoff games will be covered during KRCR's regularly scheduled newscasts in the weeks ahead.