“The game was a much better game than the score would indicate,” first year head coach Dave Kindley said. “I found out exactly what I needed to about our guys. We are scrappy. At 15 varsity players we will be outnumbered by a lot every single game this season.”

The Mount Shasta Bears varsity football team opened the 2019 season with a 61-28 loss at the Colusa Redhawks on Friday, Aug. 30.

“The game was a much better game than the score would indicate,” first year head coach Dave Kindley said. “I found out exactly what I needed to about our guys. We are scrappy. At 15 varsity players we will be outnumbered by a lot every single game this season.”

Kindley said he liked how the team “marched down the field” and scored on their first and second possessions of the game “against a very solid team.”

Last season, Mount Shasta went 5-4 and earned a playoff berth. The Bears fell to Colusa in a 13-7 battle in the first round.

“Colusa hosts a first round playoff every year so that tells you they are legit,” Kindley said.

He added that he was pleased with how his offensive line did, and said they were “tough as always.”

He said that returning seniors Lane Kindley and Adam Boyer played well on the O-line and that.” Addison Zanni played very well in his first football game ever. Mateo Deleon moved to varsity and held his own. Senior Jackson May showed huge dedication to his team by moving from tight end to right guard on Monday.

The Bears had 278 yards on offense and held the ball for 23 minutes, 21 seconds.

Kayden Crisci had a rushing touchdown for the Bears and “ran tough, “coach Kindley said. Quarterback Cole Kindley had two passing touchdowns. He threw a touchdown to Gaspar Rodriguez and one to Darius Smith. Rodriguez also returned a kick for a touchdown and made two point after attempts.

“We pounded the ball consistently. Our defense gave up some big plays but we had three big sacks and several tackles for loss,” Kindley said. “We made some adjustments at half time and were able to slow them down.”

In the junior varsity contest, Mount Shasta lost 49-0.

This week, the Bears were at home versus Modoc and won 20-14. The day of the game on Friday the contest was moved to Weed High School due to the power being off at the Mount Shasta football field.

“This week we hope to get back on track against a Modoc team that is always tough,” Kindley said earlier in the week. “ We will continue to play tough regardless of how outnumbered we may be.”