Game Preview: Mt. Shasta at Durham

Mt. Shasta Bears (Mt. Shasta, CA), League: Greater Mountain Valley #1 @ Durham Trojans (Durham, CA), League: Greater Mountain Valley #4. Both teams are from the CIF Northern Section. Kickoff: October 27, 2006 7:30 PM

Mt. Shasta Bears (Mt. Shasta, CA), League: Greater Mountain Valley #1 @ Durham Trojans (Durham, CA), League: Greater Mountain Valley #4.  Both teams are from the CIF Northern Section.

Kickoff: October 27, 2006 7:30 PM

 

Head Coaches:

Mt. Shasta: Joe Blevins

Durham: Mike Lewis

 

Mt. Shasta is currently 5-1 having played Modoc (Alturas, CA) W 12-7, Yreka (CA) L 7-35, Weed (CA) W 53-12 and league games with Live Oak (CA) W 34-20, 

Colusa (CA) W 44-23 and Willows (CA) W 13-0. 

 

Mt Shasta has 162 runs for 1280 yards (7.9 avg.) 19 TD's & 9 completions in 27 attempts (33.3 avg.) for 173 yards 1 Int.  The Defense allows 16 points per game and the offense scores 27.  With this ratio of defense to offense you can see why they have 5 wins and only 1 loss.

 

By comparison, last year Mt. Shasta was 5-5 and the defense gave up 23 points per game so they are much better this year.  They had 371 runs and 71 passes, so they were a running team last year just like this year.

 

These two teams did not play each other last year.

 

Durham is currently 4-4 having played Rio Vista (CA) W 39-26, Orland (CA) L 13-21,  

Gridley (CA) L 14-38, Hamilton (Hamilton City, CA) W 53-33, 

East Nicolaus (Nicolaus, CA) W 41-26 and league games with 

Willows (CA) W 34-27, Live Oak (CA) L 34-41and Trinity (Weaverville, CA) L 27-61. 

 

Durham has a very good 193 runs for 1487 yards (7.71 avg.) 16 TD's and 53 completions in 127 attempts (41.7%) for 1044 yards (a very good 8.2 yards per throw) 5 Int's 14 TD's.  They are a fairly balanced offensive team.  Their Defense has allowed 34 points per game, while the offense is scoring 32.  This defense is putting too much pressure on the offense and therefore you see the Won Loss Record.  The Tigers need to change this Friday Night.

 

Here is the contrast last year they were 8 3 and lost in a close one, the 1st round to Trinity (Weaverville, CA) in NSCIF Division 3 Playoffs L 27-29.  Durham had 265 runs and 165 passes so they leaned toward a run team.  Their Defense was a little better giving up only 21 points per game. 

 

Playmakers to Watch:

Mt. Shasta:

  • 6'1" 175 Senior QB Tyler Stokes has 9 completions in 27 attempts (33%) for 173 yards 1 TD.  Last year he had 22 completions in 71 attempts (31%) for 385 yards 5 Int's 5 5 TD's
  • 5'9" 180 Senior RB Patrick Lunney is the #1 Rusher with 107 carries for 987 yards (9.22 avg.) 14 TD's.  Last year Patrick was also the #1 Rusher with 158 carries for 1512 yards (9.57 avg.) 16 TD's.
  • 5'9" 175 Junior RB Dallas Brooks is the #2 Rusher with 34 carries for 202 yards (5.94 avg.) 5 TD's.  Dallas also has 9 tackles.
  • 5'8" 145 Sophomore WR Royce Autry is the #1 Receiver with 3 catches for 62 yards (20.67 avg.).

Defensive Playmakers

  • 5'10" 155 Senior Defender Jake Smallwood is the leading tackler averaging 4.5 tackles per game.
  • 5'9" 165 Senior Defender Nubia Lowe has 2 Int's and 2 Fumble Recoveries

 

The Offensive Line is moderate in size but is lead by:

  • 6'2" 300 Peter Tuiulemotu 

Durham:

  • 6'4" 200 Senior QB Kevin Ross has 51 completions in 124 attempts (41.1%) for 1031 yards 5 Int's 14 TD's

  • 6'1" 185 2 year, 2 way playmaker Senior, WR Cory Arnold is the #1 Receiver with 28 catches for 597 yards (an excellent 21.32 avg.) 8 TD's.  Cory is the Interception leader with 6 Int's.  Last Year Cory was the #1 Receiver and had 41catches for 873 yards (21.29 avg.) 16 TD's
  • 6'2" 200 2 year 2 way playmaker, Junior RB Cody McHargue is the #1 Rusher with 151 carries for 1258 yards (8.33 avg.) 13 TD's.  Last Year cody was the #2 Tackler with 94
  • 5'10" 150 WR Jeremy Thompson is the #2 receiver with 15 catches for 294 yards (19.6 avg.) 6 TD's

 

The Offensive Line is moderately sized and is lead by newcomers

  • 6'1" 270 Kyle Calvert
  • 6'2" 265 Jeff Jones

My Final Thoughts: 

This will be an interesting game, because Mt Shasta's Defense is pretty stingy, but Durham can score big, with a 30+ average per game.  On the other hand Durham is giving up big points on Defense and Mt Shasta has the offense to take advantage of that generosity.  I don't know who will pull this out but these two excellent coaching staffs will have their kids ready to play.

 


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