On Saturday, Mount Shasta earned its second straight Northern Section Division 4 playoff berth. The Bears, the No. 5 seed, will face No. 4 seed Colusa on the road this Friday for a 7 p.m. game
The Mount Shasta Bears varsity football squad ended the regular season this past Friday with a 33-28 Mid-Valley League road win versus the Trinity Wolves.
With the victory, the Bears ended the year 4-3 in the MVL and 5-5 overall. On Saturday, MSHS earned its second straight Northern Section Division 4 playoff berth. Mount Shasta, the No. 5 seed, will face No. 4 seed Colusa on the road this Friday for a 7 p.m. first round contest.
Senior Kayden Crisci had another huge game at running back for the Bears, He ran for 200 yards and had four touchdowns. Against Hamilton on the road on Nov. 1, Crisci rushed for 234 yards and four touchdowns.
“Once again, our offensive line was able to dominate,” Mount Shasta head coach Dave Kindley said. ”We continue to play smash mouth, pound the ball Mount Shasta football.”
“We were able to move the ball up and down the field on offense,” Kindley added. “And, we did just enough defensively to get the win.”
In the fourth quarter, Trinity was driving down the field looking to take the lead, when “Gaspar Rodriguez had a big interception to seal the game,” Coach Kindley said.
Trinity ended the season 1-4 in the MVL and 1-9 overall. MSHS finished in third in the six team MVL.
Kindley said he excited the squad earned a playoff berth again this year and said this is the first back to back playoff appearance for the Bears in 13 years.
“Making it more impressive is the fact we moved up a division last year,” Kindley said.
He added that due to a smaller roster, his team is playing “Iron Man” football, with the players playing on both offense and defense. He added that the Bears play in a division where the majority of teams they face have separate squads for both offense and defense.
“I could not be more proud of the heart and scrappiness that my guys show from week to week,” Kindley said.
Colusa, Friday’s playoff opponent, comes in at 5-5 overall. The squads met to open the season on Aug. 30 in Colusa, with Mount Shasta falling by the score of 61-28. The winner of Friday’s game will face top seed East Nicolaus, or No. 8 seed Willows the following week in a semifinal contest.
Mount Shasta and Colusa also met in the first round of the playoffs last season, with Colusa winning the contest 13-7.