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Paradise High Football Returns: The Field

Paul Orlando says it is nice to know what he is doing is bringing normalcy to the players.

Posted: Aug 21, 2019 5:19 PM
Updated: Aug 22, 2019 11:16 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - Paul Orlando, a groundskeeper of Paradise High School, is preparing for the school year's first football game on Friday, August 23.

Orlando lost his home in the Camp Fire after having lived in the town since 1984 but he's only been a groundskeeper for the school for about a month.

While eyes will be on the field on Friday, he has been working on plenty of other things around the campus.

"I had to fix the irrigation, it was burnt, I had to repair irrigation that was broken or not up to code - or up to date, I should say. Pretty much been a disaster here..." said Orlando. "Had to clean off the roof today, just things like that, because nobody was here since November."

He says it is nice to know what he is doing is bringing normalcy to the players.

”We want the players to come out here and be proud of what they play on," said Orlando.

While doing all of this, Orlando is also the Defensive Coordinator for the Football Team and says they are having the boys go into the game the same as any other.

"Just doing the normal thing we do every year, I mean all of us coaches have coached here forever, and we just do the same thing we ever do, not prepping any special, just letting them know it's another game."

There are expected to be about five thousand people at the game and the school is still looking for volunteers to help as the team plays.

To see how the Bobcat Cheerleaders have been preparing for the big game, CLICK HERE. For the football team, CLICK HERE.

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