Hartnell-Shasta football

Saturday's game
Hartnell (1-0) at Shasta (1-0), 5 p.m.
 The Panthers went into their season opener ranked No. 25 in the state. But after a 30-16 victory over Foothill, they fell three spots to No. 28.
 Not that Hartnell needs any incentive to fuel its fire, but it did outscore the Owls 28-0 to turn a game in doubt into a route last week.
 Shasta and its 90 player roster will be a better test after crushing reigning conference champion West Hills 38-7 in a rematch of last year's bowl game -- on the road.
 West Hills was the only team to beat Hartnell last year, snapping its nine game winning streak and run of four straight conference titles.
 Dating back to last season, Shasta has rattled off five consecutive wins. Its two losses last year were a mystery as it fell to Cabrillo and San Jose, two teams that were a combined  4-16.
 Tim Naylor was sharp behind center for Shasta last week, completing 11-of-16 for 130 yards and a touchdown. He was a double threat with 51 yards on the ground.
 While nine different players caught passes from two quarterbacks last week, Kody Sindorf grabbed six for 88 yards for Shasta
 Dorion Isaak threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns in his starting debut for Hartnell, with two of those scoring strikes going to Elisha Peat.
 It didn't take Sherrod Hawkes long to shake off the rust from a one-year layoff, rushing for 80 yards in his return for the Panthers.
 Monterey grad Matthew Wright was used on both sides of the ball for Hartnell, catching a 22-yard touchdown pass and compiling five tackles as an outside linebacker.
 Linebacker Donyae Moody had a strong debut for the Panthers defense with 11 tackles while Alisal grad Lorenzo Novoa intercepted two passes.
 The Panthers came into the season 28-5 over the last three years while Shasta is 23-9. This will be the first time Hartnell coach Matt Collins has faced Shasta in his decade long tenure.

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