It was close throughout, but the Dunsmuir High School football team lost Wednesday night's section championship game to Butte Valley in Dorris, 40-34.

The Tigers took a 34-32 lead with about nine minutes to play in the fourth quarter on a three yard touchdown run by Jake Mekeel and conversion run by Jeff Rhoades.

But Butte Valley scored the winning points three minutes later on an 82 yard defensive play.

Butte Valley finished the season with a perfect 12-0 record. The Tigers were 11-2, their only two losses coming at the hands of the Bulldogs.