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Onward to the next level

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
File PhotoRiley Allanson, No. 52, in action last season against North Tahoe.
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As a Wolverine, defensive end Riley Allanson made a habit out of blowing up opposing high school football players.

A few short months from now he’ll see if he can do the same at the next level as a College of the Siskiyous Eagle.

“He has the tenacity and size to do it,” Truckee football coach Bob Shaffer said of Allanson making an impact at the junior college. “Like all our athletes, it’s just a matter of being able to put it all together.”

At 6 foot and 184 pounds, Allanson’s hard-hitting, all-over-the-field style of play earned him recognition on the All-State and All-League second teams his senior year when he recorded a team-leading seven sacks. He also had 33 solo tackles, 57 total, and three forced fumbles.

“He’s a good athlete,” Shaffer said. “He likes physicality. That’s his nature.”

Allanson said while he has yet to sign a letter of intent, he has been in contact with Eagles head coach Eric Young, who invited him to walk on to the team.

Being that he’s not a big-city kid, Allanson thinks he’ll fit in just fine at College of the Siskiyous.

“I like that it’s in a small town,” he said. “I won’t be able to get in too much trouble.”

Upon graduation at the end of the week, Allanson said he intends to cruise northward to Weed ” where College of the Siskiyous is located near the base of Mount Shasta ” for some strength and speed tests and to give Young game film.

“He (Young) said if I can get up to 200 pounds I can pretty much pick any (defensive) position I wanted,” Allanson said. “I really want to play defensive end, but I’ll probably play outside linebacker.”

To reach the target weight, Allanson said he has been spending much of his time lifting in the weight room. So far, it’s working.

Before the 2005 season he weighed in at 175 pounds. Now he’s at 184.3, to be exact.

“I feel like I’m in the best shape in my life,” he said.

Combine his fitness with wealth of football knowledge that’s been fed to him by Shaffer and crew, and Allanson likes his odds for success.

“I think it’s a good chance to be a standout,” he said.