Due to injuries, Mount Shasta was down to only 12 player, compared to a listed roster of 40 for Paradise.
The Mount Shasta Bears varsity football team had quite the daunting challenge Friday night at home.
The Bears hosted one of the top teams in the Northern Section in the undefeated Paradise Bobcats.
Due to injuries, Mount Shasta was down to only 12 players, compared to a listed roster of 40 for Paradise.
While the Bears gave it all they had, head coach Dave Kindley said, the squad lost to the Bobcats 47-0 to fall to 1-3 for the year. Paradise improved to 6-0.
“It was truly a David versus Goliath type story without the heroic ending,” Kindley said. “I couldn’t be more proud of my guys. It would have been easy for them to give up and run away scared. They all battled the whole game and we walked away with our heads held high. Every week they work hard in practice and prepare for battle no matter the odds.”
Coach Kindley commended the Bobcats and their coaching staff for the way they played Friday.
“My hat is off to the coaching staff at Paradise High School,” he said. “They are a top 5 rated team in the North State and they are extremely motivated to go undefeated and make playoffs. Their staff showed a ton of class in the way they handled the game with our squad.”
Kindley said that since there was only 11 players available for the junior varsity game compared to the 47 JV players on Paradise, it was decided early in the week to cancel the game so the Bobcats "could find a game against a more like opponent.”
Mount Shasta had a contest scheduled on the road against fellow Siskiyou County squad Weed on Friday. Friday morning, Weed High School announced that the varsity game had been cancelled. The junior varsity contest is still set for 5:30 p.m.