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Bobcats prepare for section championship

Bobcats prepare for section championship

Posted: Nov 28, 2019 12:40 AM

After the Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise there here was little to no hope of a football team. 

"It's honestly unreal because we didn't know if were going to have a town when we came back," said senior Elijah Gould. "We didn't know if the high school was going to be here, we didnt know anything." 

"You know we dreamed about it," said head coach Rick Prinz. "But I really didn't know what the state of our program would be last year so it's really rewarding and we're really going to savor the moment." 

"Prinz had hope in us and with Prinz's little hope we got a team together of 20 to 22 guys and now we ended up with 40 to 45 kids and we're ready to steamroll through the division." 

The Paradise Bobcats have shut out half of their opponents this season including Live Oak in the first round of the division three section playoffs and just last Friday pulled off an upset over West Valley. 

“It felt really good because it felt like everybody was voting against us the whole time," said Brenden Moon. "They didn’t think we were going to win so just to come out and disappoint those people it felt really good." 

Moon had a clutch pick six in the third quarter after he filled in for one of the six suspended Bobcats. 

"I came in there to help stop the fight," said Gould. "I was not thinking anything of it and then they came back and said I was suspended." 

"I think those guys came to protect me like I would for them," said Lukas Hartley. "We all would for eachother, we just have a very close group of brothers on this team, no matter the circumstances." 

The Live Oak fight and suspension was one of many mountains the Bobcats had to climb, but got through it together. 

"That could've been my last game, but my brothers got me one more game," said Gould.

The Bobcats will face No. 2 Sutter High. 

"It's exciting it's going to be the second one that I will be a part of with Paradise," said Hartley. "Let's hope we get a W.

"They're a solid team," said Moon. "They run the same offense as us. It's going to be a good game."

I have full confidence in us that this isn't going to be our last game. We're going to be out there. We're going to play our hardest," said Gould. 

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