A look back at the 2010 season that was
The season was filled with them — moments and memories that will be cherished by players and coaches alike. Here's a look back at some of the most memorable ones of the season ...
Week 2 — Sept. 3
RV Stuns Sutter
River Valley trailed 20-16 with two minutes remaining in regulation when junior Greg Cannon decided to let it fly.
He connected with senior wideout O'Dell Sallis on a 48-yard bomb down the sideline to give the Falcons the lead and eventually a 23-20 victory in the Battle of the Buttes.
Yuba City's Taylor Rowe didn't need a coming out party in 2010 after receiving All-Area Player of the Year honors in 2009 as a junior, but he definitely reminded everyone why he won the award.
The senior fullback carried the ball 38 times for a career-high 325 yards against Division-I Franklin (Elk Grove) and three touchdowns.
Franklin prevailed 56-30, yet Rowe's performance against the Wildcats goes down as one of the Mid-Valley's best.
Week 4 — Sept. 17
Live Oak hoists the Golden Reaper
The Lions survived a late-game scoring drive by Bulldog quarterback Brad Props, recovering an onside kick to outlast Gridley, 10-7, in the Harvest Bowl.
Live Oak's victory over its neighbor to the north was the first big highlight of a season that ended in the Northern Section championship game.
Maxwell quarterback Tyler Wells might as well have been playing XBox with the kind of performance he put up against Tulelake.
The senior southpaw threw for 330 yards, six touchdowns and ran in for another score.
Wells continued this high level of play all season and led the Panthers to the Northern Section Division IV title in November.
Week 6 — Oct. 1
There's a reason why Derick Seward is the Appeal's 2010 Player of the Year.
Among his record-breaking performances as a Pirate, this output against Colfax might have topped them all.
The senior rushed for 131 yards on 22 carries, which is solid, but not earth-shattering, however, he scored five touchdowns against the Falcons.
One of Seward's touchdown runs was from 63 yards out.
Week 7 — Oct. 8
Williams High cornerback Tony Salcedo was a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks all season.
The Yellowjackets' first-team All-Area defensive back had a streak of seven consecutive games with an interception.
That streak went to seven games against Hamilton with a 36-yard interception return, yet the 'Jackets dropped the contest, their first loss of the season, 17-10.
Week 8 — Oct. 15
The Honkers had it all but won.
All Yuba City needed to do was stop the four-time defending conference champions on fourth-and-28 to seal a victory and potentially put itself in the driver's seat for a league title.
However, Inderkum quarterback Hunter Royal was able to make a 53-yard completion after two Honker defenders failed to make tackles. The Tigers ended up scoring on that drive to take a 23-20 lead.
Honker quarterback David Schroeder almost brought Yuba City all the way back for the win, but his final pass was picked off in the end zone by Terry Wynne.
Coach John Ithurburn was anything but dismayed after the loss. He kept things in perspective, saying, "If losing a football game is the worst thing that is happening in your life — then you're living one hell of a life."
Week 10 — Oct. 29
A new sheriff in town
The decade of dominance finally ended on this fateful Friday night in October. In what was arguably the prep football game of the season, the Wheatland Pirates ended an 11-year drought and finally defeated Sutter to win a Butte View League championship.
Seward scored both touchdowns for Wheatland and the Pirates were able to stifle a brilliant drive by Husky sophomore quarterback Trent Little in the final seconds.
Playoffs (First Round) — Nov. 12
Twenty-three years in the making
Yuba City had not hosted a playoff game since 1987 — which, also happens to be when their head coach was a senior at the very same high school.
Ithurburn's Honkers finally ended the drought and defeated Lincoln 35-28 to advance in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.
Rowe notched three rushing touchdowns for Yuba City and Schroeder hooked up with All-Area wideout Max Flores for two scores.
The Last Stand
The Marysville Indians didn't record a sack all night in their first-round playoff game against the Bear River Bruins — until Michael Barabin stepped in.
The senior All-Area standout sacked Bear River quarterback James Harris when the Bruins went for a game-winning two-point conversion and sent the Indians to the second round.
Marysville almost let a 13-0 halftime lead slip away, but held on for a 13-12 victory at War Memorial Stadium.
Playoffs (Second Round) — Nov. 19
A jack of all trades
Steven Perry is an All-Area wideout and Tyler Wells' favorite target.
And even on the defensive side of the ball, Perry has an uncanny ability to find where the ball is and go up and get it.
Though he is more well-known for his prowess at receiver, Perry tallied three interceptions in Maxwell's 38-0 throttling of Hamilton. Just another small hurdle that was pushed easily aside on the way to a section championship.
It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it
Through the torrential downpour, biting wind and mud-soaked field came a ray of light for the Live Oak Lions in their second-round Northern Section playoff game against Willows.
Tailback Kaleb Allen, who had been battling through the elements, tackles and season-high 30 carries for four quarters finally received his reward.
The Lions' defense picked off a pass at the Honker 21-yard line and Allen eventually scored on fourth-and-goal to give Live Oak a 7-0 victory.
Playoffs (Title Round) — Nov. 24
And then there was one
One Mid-Valley football program stood alone at the end of November — Maxwell.
The Panthers, who cruised all season, finally faced a challenge in the Northern Section Division IV title game, but it wasn't the high-flying offense that brought the trophy home — it was a stingy defense that only allowed 10 points per game all season.
Brett Cabral's 68-yard touchdown run was the exclamation point, yet it was Sam Alcaraz's interception on Quincy's final drive that gave Maxwell a 14-6 victory.
It was the Panthers' first season competing in Division IV and despite some early-season qualms, Robert Wilson's squad delivered the school's first banner since its D-V title in 2006.