REDDING, Calif. - The Shasta Wolves rallied to complete their first perfect league season since 1999, overcoming a slow rain-soaked start to top the tough Foothill Cougars, 28-12.
In other highlighted matchups on Xtra Point, Chico, Pleasant Valley and Anderson posted impressive wins.
The Wolves trailed in league play at halftime for the first time this season, as Foothill scored on their first play from scrimmage. Foothill's Matthew Darnall nearly returned the opening kick for a score, setting up Parker Martin's scoring run. The PAT failed, but the Cougars had a 6-0 lead they would hold on to until the second half. Foothill scored in the third quarter, to take a 12-0 lead into the fourth.
But Shasta, (9-1, 5-0), rallied to outscore Foothill, (5-5, 2-3), 28-0 in the final frame, capping a perfect Eastern Athletic League season and securing a likely first-round bye in the Division II NSCIF Playoffs.
Playoff seedings will be announced Saturday and will be released on MaxPreps.
Elsewhere, Chico, (7-3, 3-2), secured second place in the EAL with a 41-21 win over Paradise, (2-8, 0-5). Pleasant Valley High School, (4-6, 3-2), posted an important 14-0 win of their own, bouncing Enterprise, (4-6, 2-3).
Anderson rebounded from a tough loss to dominate Red Bluff, 41-21. The Cubs, (8-2, 5-1), never trailed against the Spartans, (4-6, 3-3).
The 8-man playoffs began, with Redding Christian losing a shootout at home to Greenville, 52-50. The Lions, (6-4), rallied late but failed to convert a two-point conversion in the closing minute.
Greenville will play at Princeton in the NSCIF 8-man semi-finals. The South's top seed rolled past Butte Valley, 68-8.
Los Molinos blasted Weed 72-0 to set up a second-round matchup at Big Valley. The Cardinals also posted a 72-0 win, beating Loyalton.
In other Northstate scores:
Etna edged Biggs, 20-14 in overtime.
Hamilton downed Willows, 37-28.
Sutter remained perfect in league play with the 63-0 win over Wheatland. The Huskies are expected to be the top seed in the playoffs.
Fall River edged University Prep, 27-21, to claim the Shasta Cascade League championship.
Gridley beat Orland, 43-6.
Modoc outlasted Mt. Shasta, 17-7.
Trinity snapped a two-game slide with an important 50-14 win over Esparto.
Yreka shocked Corning, 28-7.
Lassen roughed up Central Valley, 37-7.
Oroville claimed the Victory Bell with a 32-3 win over Las Plumas.
Chester wrapped up a Mountain View League title with a 50-6 win over Burney.
In a rematch of last year's DIV title game, and possibly a preview of this year's, East Nicolaus whipped Durham, 38-6. It was the Trojans' first loss this year, as the Spartans wrapped up a 10-0 regular season.
Xtra Point also featured a look at this week's Mega Star Financial Player of the Week, Shasta High School senior Vincent Smith.
Xtra Point airs Friday nights at 11:18 p.m., featuring highlights and scores from around the Northstate on KRCR News Channel 7.
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