Prep pigskin preview: Shasta

Aug 22, 2015 6:37 PM by Ross Field


Shasta is coming off a 7-4 season in which they advanced to the first round of the NSCIF Div-II playoffs before being eliminated by Paradise.

It was a solid season for the Wolves, but a strange one too.

Halfway through the year, head coach Aaron Gingery was let go for the what the school dubbed a personnel issue. Lloyd Beaudette took over the rest of the way, but he has not been hired back.

Instead, J.C. Hunsaker, who served as a Wolves assistant for the last two years, was hired as the new head coach.

Shasta has a deep roster of about sixty players and they're experience. Nine starters return on offense, seven on defense, and that has the new man in charge thinking they could do some damage this year as long as the kids buy in.

"It's a new culture that we've created, so to get them molded into that you know always changing hands in the program it takes some time to adapt and mold that to the way that you think is best to lead them, but the experience is something that you can't take away so that was extremely encouraging," says Hunsaker.

"We had coach Hunsaker last year and we all loved him and so with him stepping forward it wasn't really a problem and he kind of fits perfectly with us. We all want it this year, we want Sections and we're coming for it," said Rahtavian Matthews, safety.

"You know with every day at practice I just take it with full-heart that I may not ever be out here ever again and every single game I just have to play my hardest and get my team going behind my back and they feel the exact same way I do," said Jeff Carlson, center.


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