"Friday was a test of commitment," Tigers head coach Ray Kellar said. "The nine we suited up did a good job of coming back time after time, working hard to provide opportunities for success."

Playing at home for the second time this season, the outmanned Dunsmuir Tigers football squad fell to the Redding Christian Lions 43-0 in a 8-man football contest on Friday, Oct. 4. While the Tigers battled throughout,  the shorthanded squad could not slow down the Lions, who took a 35-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Dunsmuir had nine players suited up after having only six players in uniform for last week's loss at Butte Valley due to injuries.
In comparison, Redding Christian had 19 players suited up for Friday's game, as the Lions improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the California North 8-man football League. Dunsmuir fell to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the California North 8-man football League.
"Friday was a test of commitment," Tigers head coach Ray Kellar said. "The nine we suited up did a good job of coming back time after time, working hard to provide opportunities for success."
"The players worked extremely hard and should be proud of the fact that they played essentially a whole game both ways and never gave in," Kellar added. ”They fought to the end. Playing against a team who has many subs and you have none gives us the insight that we can persevere in most any circumstance.”
Senior quarterback Stephen Durate ran for 126 yards,including a run of 57 yards. He also threw for 25 yards on 3-for-5 passing. 
Freshman Jasper Mitchell ran for 70 yards and had 25 yards catching the ball.
On defense, Mitchell had a sack and 11 total tackles, including eight solo. Durate finished with 16 total tackles, including 11 solo. Senior Maia Wilson had a fumble recovery and finished with four tackles. Freshman Gabe Hernandez had  12 total tackles, including seven solo for the Tigers.
Kellar said in a contest like Friday night, where the you may be struggling on the scoreboard, it is important to focus on the positives.
"I told them to not look at the big picture – a win on the scoreboard – but success in small order;  gaining yardage, getting that first downs, stopping them on 3 and out.,” he said.
Dunsmuir has another challenging game this week, as they face another top tier football squad in Big Valley, which comes in at 4-1 overall.
The road contest begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Coach Kellar said that while he expects that they will have a couple more players available this week against Big Valley, the same premise still exists as it did against Redding Christian. And that, he said is as a coach, to be "looking for small successes, that when you put them together, provide for a positive experience."
The following week is homecoming night for Dunsmuir as they face fellow Siskiyou County squad McCloud on Friday Oct. 18.
The homecoming ceremony is expected to start around 5:30 p.m., with the game getting underway at 6 p.m.
McCloud is also currently seeking it’s first win of the year after falling to Big Valley 40-6 last Friday on the road. McCloud is at Butte Valley this week.