Loggers play first football game in 16 years, win 57-49

Shareen Strauss
The 2018 McCloud High School football team seated at the Axe & Rose Public House with owner Cindy Rosmann and staff members Marianne Endoso, Trina Dunn, Anne Jenkins, Lonnie Henson,and Bobby Poindexter (standing) during a free cheeseburgers and fries dinner the night before their first game. Axe & Rose Public House is a new restaurant in McCloud and a supporter of the Loggers.

Playing their first football game in 16 years, the McCloud Loggers opened their 2018 season with a 57-49 victory at Mercy in Red Bluff on Saturday, Sept. 1.

The starting time for the Loggers' first home game has been changed to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, against Butte Valley. 

At Mercy:

Zach Dutton completed 6 of 14 pass attempts for 146 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Korbin Woolery caught 6 passes for 146 yards and 3 TDs.

Woolery led the Loggers’ ground game with 141 yards rushing on 7 carries for 2 touchdowns.

Dutton carried 8 times for 90 yards and a score.

Jacob Savage had 6 carries for 35 yards, Alex Olsen had 4 carries for 13 yards, and Steve Ramos gained 11 yards on one carry.

Woolery and Savage both returned kickoffs for touchdowns.

Savage led the defense with 12 tackles, Ramos had 8, and David Wolfe had 5 tackles and a quarterback sack.

The evening prior to playing their school’s first football game in 16 years, the Loggers were treated to cheeseburgers, fries and sodas at Axe & Rose Public House in McCloud.

Dressed in their McCloud High School jerseys, the Loggers filled a corner of the spacious restaurant along with three of their four coaches on Friday night.

Marianne Endoso, who manages the new casual family pub and restaurant, said, “Like most of McCloud, we were so looking forward to the McCloud vs. Dunsmuir game and cheering for our Loggers. We were sad to hear it was cancelled due to the smoke. We figured the team was bummed too and decided that we wanted to do something nice to keep their morale up and show our support. We are so happy to have football back in McCloud.”

McCloud head coach John Dutton said, “We are starting up with 11 guys for our first game. We are thankful for Axe & Rose supporting us. We are looking forward to the game. It is a learning experience for us. Some of these guys have never played before.”

Jaden Quiring, one of those first-year football players, said, “I was disappointed the first game was cancelled. But it is kind of a blessing because we got a chance to get better at our game and get ready for our first opponent. I think this dinner is awesome that we, not as a team but as a family, to get invited here for dinner.”

Jacob Savage said, “I think Cindy, Marianne, Bobby, Trina Lonnie and Big Anne are amazing people. We are blessed to have them put this dinner together for us so we can eat together as a family, as a team.”

“This is a good pregame get-together,” said ball boy Drew Dutton.

Adjacent to the open space of the pub/restaurant is an 1800 square foot event hall called The Cascade Room for holiday parties, weddings and live music and dances. They are planning a “Yappy Hour,” which is a happy hour where people can bring their dogs. It will be held in the courtyard on Wednesday nights right after Taco Tuesday.

For more information call (530) 408-8322. Axe & Rose is located at 424 Main Street in McCloud. It is at the north end of the McCloud Historic District where Main Street and Colomero meet.