Dunsmuir Tigers fall in 52-48 homecoming battle to Big Valley

Bill Choy
Siskiyou Daily News
Dunsmuir High homecoming queen Moriah Cornett and homecoming king Noah Snell before the start of the homecoming game against Big Valley on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

The Dunsmuir Tigers 8-man football team lost in a 52-48 battle to the Big Valley Cardinals on homecoming night on Friday, Oct. 15.

DHS fell to 3-2 overall, while Big Valley Improved to 4-1.

"I felt that my team played hard for 48 minutes against Big Valley," Dunsmuir head coach Jacob Mekeel said. "It was a back-and-forth battle all night, and unfortunately, we came out on the wrong side of things." 

Before the game, the homecoming queen and king were announced. This year, Noah Snell was named homecoming king and Moriah Cornett was named homecoming queen. Snell, the Tigers' starting quarterback, rushed for 200-plus yards and had two touchdowns.

Jayden Christiansen, a freshman, had a great night on the offensive line for Dunsmuir, Mekeel said, and drove blocked opponents on almost every play.

"We had multiple players play every single snap of the game, which shows the toughness we possess as we move forward in the season," Mekeel added.

This is one of the best seasons so far in several years for the Tigers, who before the year began, had not won a contest since 2018.

"We are still in the hunt to make playoffs, which is something the Dunsmuir Tigers have not had the opportunity to do in a long time," Mekeel said. "so that has the team excited to keep working toward achieving their goals."

This Friday, Dunsmuir is at Hayfork. 

Bill Choy covers sports and general news for the Siskiyou Daily News/Mount Shasta Herald/USA Today Network. Follow him on Twitter at@SDNBillChoy. Email Bill at bchoy@siskiyoudaily.com. Support local journalism by subscribing today.