The high school football championship game for Division 3 was Nov. 30 at River Valley High School in Yuba City, but the score was not yet in at press time. The Sutter Huskies headed in to the final game with an 11-1 record matched up with the undefeated Paradise Bobcats (12-0).
What makes this particular championship game so notable for fans of high school sports is the determination of the Paradise football crew and how their unity has in part held the town together through tragedy. High school sports so often create a family out of community and it seems the town of Paradise has united for the Bobcats.
The football team members have been relocated away from their homes like 95 percent of the town, away from their school and their neighborhoods. Thirty-seven of the 40 football team players lost their home in the Camp Fire. So many of the life experiences of the young men on the team are sadly traumatic yet they have risen from the ashes to produce a most amazing football season for the Bobcats, completely undefeated leading up to the big Northern Section Championship finale.
The Bobcat high school football team has been something the town has been able to rally around and they surely have by filling the stands at each Paradise Bobcat game.