"I love the guys we have, there's just not a lot of them to love," said new Mount Shasta High School varsity football head coach John Dutton after practice on Thursday, Aug. 17.

Dutton is a former pro quarterback in the Arena Football League and former College of the Siskiyous assistant coach who took over the Bears' top spot when Tony Pavlic resigned a few days before the first day of training camp earlier this month.

The Bears' roster is short on numbers, but Dutton said players have been working hard, making progress, and understand the need to be able to contribute in positions they may not have played in the past.

Both Bears' teams are scheduled to see their first outside competition of the season when they host Yreka and Chester in a scrimmage Friday, Aug. 18, beginning at 4 p.m. at Joe Blevins Memorial Stadium.

The scrimmage is being held one week before the Bears open their 2017 season at Yreka on Aug. 25.