PARADISE, Calif. - Friday, August 23, is not only the first game for the Paradise High football players but it is the first game for the cheerleaders, as well.
Mia Rash, who is a senior cheer captain for the school, says she has been waiting for this day since she was little.
“I definitely looked up to the older high school cheerleaders and we would always get so excited when we would watch them perform like 'That’s going to be us one day!'” said Rash.
"Every Friday Night Lights I would sit there by the fence and get so excited to watch their halftime dance every game,” said senior cheer captain, Jada Payseno.
Both have been cheering for years but they say this year it is different for the whole town.
“Football is like Paradise’s thing like Friday night games you can see your neighbor, they don’t even have kids on the team and they are here to support us," said Payseno.
“We are here to put spirit back into our town and I feel like we are going to do really good," said Rash.
The girls said they have been practicing extra, have not had a day off over the summer and that no matter how much they do prepare, it is going to be emotional.
"It’s probably going to be a million emotions," said Payseno. "I am just going to be super pumped to be back out there just enjoying the moment and seeing looking into the crowd and seeing my family and friends and everyone who supports me and looking around and seeing people who have supported everyone through the Camp Fire.”