PARADISE, Calif. -- After forfeiting their playoff game last season due to the Camp Fire, the Bobcats say they are ready to pick up where they left off.
The Bobcats ended last season 5-1 in league play to tie Chico High and Pleasant Valley High for the Eastern League title.
This year, the Bobcats will particpate in an independent league due to the drop in their school population.
Head Coach Rick Prinz returns for his 21st seson as head coach and he welcomed back 18 returners.
"It's going to be a big crowd [for the first game]," said Prinz. "We're very excited. We're pretty fired up for that game. You're going to see some mistakes it's an early game, but what you're going to get is a great effort out of us."
"I'm just really excited to be back with my family after [everything that happened] and I think we have a chance to do something really special," said senior Dylan Blood. "It's going to be fun having the whole town on your back for games. I think it's going to give us a little more motivation."
Paradise will host Williams on August 23. Athletic Director Anne Stearne says over 7,000 people are expected to attend, including ESPN.
Before that big game, the Bobcats will hold a scrimmage on August 17 at 10 a.m. against Casa Robles. Stearne says Casa Robles wsa the first school to reach out to them and help them post-Camp Fire. She says the scrimmage will be very special.