“It was a super exciting game,” head Mount Shasta football coach Dave Kindley said. “We were holding our breath until the end, hoping we could hold on.”

The Mount Shasta Bears junior varsity football team battled back from a 14-3 halftime deficit to earn a 18-14 victory over the Weed Cougars Friday evening in Weed.
In a battle of two South Siskiyou County squads, Weed quickly struck with two touchdowns in the first quarter. A field goal by the Bears Andrew Pigoni near the end of the second quarter made things 14-3 at the half in favor of the Cougars.
A rushing touchdown in the third quarter by Daruis Smith of the Bears reduced the lead to 14-10.
With a few minutes left in the fourth quarter, Mount Shasta faced a fourth down situation on the 13-yard-line of the Cougars. The Bears went for it and gained the first down, scoring a short time later on a run by quarterback Cole Kindley. Mount Shasta converted on a 2-point conversion on a quarterback sneak by Kindley to take a 18-14 lead.
Weed would not go down without a fight and quickly moved down the field, with time running out on the Cougars around the 45-yard-line of Mount Shasta, as the Bears earned its first JV win of the year.
“It was a super exciting game,” head Mount Shasta football coach Dave Kindley said. “We were holding our breath until the end, hoping we could hold on.”
The varsity game between Weed and Mount Shasta was called off the morning before the game due to the Cougars not having enough varsity players available, Kindley said.
He added, that he assumes Mount Shasta will earn a win by forfeit, but had not heard for certain as of Tuesday.
It’s a huge week for the Bears, as they host the 3-2 Williams Yellowjackets on homecoming night Friday to open Mid-Valley League play. Mount Shasta is 1-3 overall, with the Bears lone win a 20-14 victory against Modoc at home on Sept. 6
“It’s a big opportunity for us to start league with a win,” Kindley said. ”It will be a tough game. We expect Williams to come out hungry, but, so are we.”
Coach Kindley said that the Yellowjackets are a big and powerful team, and that the Bears will be out manned in the number of players suited up on Friday. So, he said, his squad needs to play with resolve and tenacity the entire game.
The junior varsity contest is set for 5:30 p.m., while the varsity game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Weed is scheduled to play a varsity game this Friday at Los Molinos at 7 p.m., as the Cougars look for their first win of the year.