Big plays and giveaways led to Mount Shasta High School’s downfall in front of a large Homecoming night crowd Friday at Sehorn Field.
If it hadn’t been for some tough defense early, the final score could have been more lopsided than 34-13.
After Live Oak opened the game with an 85 yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the Bears lost four fumbles in the first half – three of them inside their own 35 yard line, and two of those inside the 20.
The Bears trailed 20-0 at half time and appeared to take assistant coach Todd Mack’s words to heart. “This is nothing we can’t fix,” Mack told the players as they headed for intermission.
Mount Shasta took the second-half kickoff and drove for a three-yard TD run by Mark Maumasi, who had been named Homecoming king just prior to the start of the game.
The Bears then recovered two Live Oak fumbles in the third quarter, the second of which Tim Jaegel returned 80 yards for a score that narrowed the margin to 21-13.
But the offense had little success after that, and a 50 yard Live Oak touchdown pass with 9:25 to play was followed by a pass interception return deep into Bear territory, which set up the final score.
In the Sacramento Valley League opener for both teams, Mount Shasta fell to 1-4 overall and Live improved to 4-1.
More about the game and the Homecoming will be published in the Sept. 30 print and E-editions of the Mount Shasta Herald.