The Mount Shasta Bears were all on the same page after their 39-0 win in Friday night’s Black Butte Bowl at Weed.

They needed a win to get their season on track after an 0-3 start.
“Now we’re going into league with a win,”?said junior running back Jordan Hanna, who rushed for three touchdowns. “Now we’re playing as a team.”

Quarterback Tim Jaegel, who ran for one touchdown, and completed an 8 yard pass to Brendan Hickey for another, said, “The win was the most important thing. Our line did a lot better... Overall we improved on a lot of things as a team.”

“We needed this win,” said head coach Mike DellaBona, who stopped briefly to talk on his way to the team bus, just after his players screamed in unison from inside the bus.

“My dad always told me something good comes from something bad,”?DellaBona said. “Those losses happened for a reason... We needed this one going into league.”

DellaBona and assistant coach Todd Mack, who invited the team to his house for Saturday morning biscuits and gravy, agreed that the Bears were sloppy at times and need more work, but this was a game they had to have.

They started fast when senior Colin Waterman returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

Their defense often had the short-handed Cougars going into the wrong direction, including one Weed drive that ended with a punt on fourth and about 40.

Bryson Brooks had a first half TD run for the Bears, and Jaegel set up two scores with long runs of 66 and 30 yards.

Now 1-3 for the season, Weed started the game with just 12 players suited up and finished with 11 after one of their stars, senior receiver/defensive back Cody Beam, sat out most of the second half.

The good news for the Cougars, who were playing up a division against the Bears, was an 8-6 victory in Friday night’s JV game.

Improving their record to 3-1, the JV Cougars scored on a 30 yard run by sophomore Josh Rogers in the first half. Aaron Peruzzi added the two-point conversion that proved to be the difference in the game.

Mount Shasta scored with just over 4 minutes to play in the game on a keeper up the middle by quarterback Brandon Acord. The touchdown was set up by Michael DeLeon, who stripped the ball after a Cougar pass completion and returned it 45 yards to the Weed 10 yard line.

Weed’s next drive included back to back runs of 21 yards and 19 yards by Rogers. A Cougar TD run was called back because of a holding penalty, and the Bears eventually took over on downs at their own 12 yard line with just over a minute to play.