Justin DeClusin had 336 yards of total offense and scored 5 touchdowns to lead the Dunsmuir Tigers to 38-22 win in Friday night’s Northern Section Division VI semifinal at Westwood.

This is what the Tigers have been wanting all season, and if fulfills a promise coach Ray Kellar made soon after Dunsmuir’s only loss of the season.

Standing on the wet Dunsmuir City Park field after the Tigers’ 27-26 loss to Butte Valley Oct. 7, Kellar said he expected to see the Bulldogs again in the section championship game. “We won’t lose again,” he said that night. “This hurts too much.”

Now Dunsmuir (11-1) has that winner-take-all date with Butte Valley (11-0) Nov. 23 in Dorris at 6 p.m.

The Bulldogs won their semifinal Friday night, 48-12, over Princeton.

Playing in the semifinals for the third year in row, Dunsmuir took the next step by beating the team that stopped them two years ago.

DeClusin had 24 carries for 239 yards and 4 rushing touchdowns Friday night, and he caught 2 passes from Jake Mekeel for 97 yards and a TD. DeClusin also ran in a conversion and led the Tigers with 13 tackles and 1 quarterback sack.

James Adams scored Dunsmuir’s other touchdown on a 12 yard pass from Mekeel, who completed 4 of 9 passes for 116 yards, rushed for 125 yards on 15 carries, and had 11 tackles.