The game ended with about five minutes left in the third quarter due to the Tigers losing their two quarterbacks to injury.

The Dunsmuir Tigers 8-man football team opened the 2019 season Friday night with a 48-20 loss at home versus the Herlong Vikings.

The game ended with about five minutes left in the third quarter due to the Tigers losing their two quarterbacks to injury.

Head coach Ray Kellar said that “we hope to have them both back in the next few days, but time will tell.”

“The game went relatively well considering we have most of our roster as players new to the game,” Kellar said. “Our experience paid off well as we had success on offense and ran the ball relativity well.”

Issac Day-Williams had a strong game for Dunsmuir, finishing with 173 rushing yards and a touchdown. His longest run of the evening was 60 yards.  Stephen Durate ran for 144 yards and a touchdown, and had a run of 70 yards. On defense, Durante finished with 12 total tackles, including eight solo. Greg Padula came up with an interception for the Tigers.

Coach Kellar said that while “we still have things to learn and work on, the foundation is there.”

“The team worked hard against a Herlong team that had size and numbers,” Kellar added. “We left it all on the field of play and look to get back at it for the upcoming games.

This week, Dunsmuir is on the road versus the Chester Volcanos, which moved from 11-man to 8-man football this season.

The game begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.