Paradise football brings a smile, tears in the first game from Camp Camp


A flattened home rose again on Friday night, getting his breath on the back of a high school football team who did it enthusiastically towards hope.

A player scored the first palace that brought the death season to death for Phadise High, who had previously vomited the field.

“Felt the real puking,” said Lukas Hartley. “Everything else felt like a dream.” T

A player who had pale after the second striking area scored after he went down on the bench to catch his breath.

“I get the ball, my heart was racing, I will get into the final zone, my heart is still racing,” said Mason Cowan. “It was a great night.”

It was a night beating and healing, taking off and tears, full of crying and magic. Subsequently, perfectly, it ended as a night when an extinct mountain community and its beloved football team came together to get a better life proclamation.

As Coach Rick Prinz was about to give his celebratory speech to the Bobcats on a 42-0 victory over Williams, he noticed that some people at home were coming on the edge of their group. They were among the 5,000 who worked together to witness the first sporting event in the school on the 8th November.
they destroyed their city and caused 86 deaths. Not only that they came to football, but for the family, together again with displaced neighbors, to redirect themselves among streets of burnt metal and rubble stacked, to reconcile over their dreams to rebuild.

Paradise The high football team plays the first game from the 2018 Camp Camp destruction to his home.

They reached four hours early, they sat under a percussion sun, they did so deep into the night, and they didn't want to
leave, so when Prinz saw them standing with family and friends outside his post-match meeting, he had an idea. He brought his children to the crowd to create the extraordinary, but fully equipped, hug of the group.

“We're going to celebrate together!” Prinz writes and so they, staff and home, made everyone a big circle, taking and jumping and waving his fist in the air, denying Paradise
trade mark acronym.

“CMF! … CMF !! … CMF! ”They shouted, repeatedly.
This stands for “Crazy Mountain Folk,” a moniker that suits well on a night when a group of teenagers came and chose life.

“Can you detect it?” Assistant coach Andy Hopper, speaking at the sweaty hugs who followed the shouting. “Tonight, the medicine began.”

The beginning of the game felt like a paradise itself these days, and is still very familiar with the pain.

The Bobcats took stones and padded with the park by marching down through the blenders to their traditional entry song which now has a new meaning.

“Earlier or later, God cut you down,” cried Johnny Cash from a CD that was being played on Om Wraith Field speakers. "Early or late,
God will cut you down. ”

Last year the team was led by senior citizens who had the hopeful short championship season. They were grateful for doing it. They had to do it.

“Nine months ago there was something there
we are disappointed … we never got our last game, ”said the former lineman Ezra Gonzales. “This is closed.”

His march also included a new tradition of fire. When Bobcats was going in front of the press box, he exploded hardly a new metal plaque remembering one of the worst periods of his young life.

“C.M.F. 11-8-2018 ”read the sign, and saw the children and flew fists.

“I felt it was the right thing to hit,” quarterback Danny Bettencourt said. “We will always remember it, but we want to move around to create new memories.”

The procession of Bobcats took a fan by filling the old people Om Wraith Field and taking the ultimate zones, the people who were suffering in new ordinary football as well.

With the fans recommending, Paradise High School football team gathers on the pitch before his match against Williams.

With the fans recommending, Paradise High School football team gathers on the pitch before his match against Williams.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Because the fire once destroyed many of the trees covered by the field once, the sun was free.
to the bleachers to pound in 95-degree heat, thus spending at least four people to heat consumption.

The stadium relaxation rooms were still suffering from residual fire damage, so everyone put up for a series of portable toilets.

Even the stadium was very popular. The attractive band Paradise
numbers just now
19 musicians, about half of their previous size. They have three tubas but one trumpet, and music teacher Bob Schofield is now one of the drummers.

“We will create ahead,” said Schofield
a smile smile.

That was the view taken by the crowd when the sound system stopped and a few students sang the national anthem. The fans took the tune and finished the song itself.

“This day is more than football, it's about the community.” Principal Jeff Marcus, who retired to run the school, said even after the fire had destroyed his house and survived him.
a converted boat house on a rice farm outside nearby Chico. “It's time to cure, reunite, move on together.”

What was the biggest event in the school's 65-year history that actually started a day before, when the football team finished its preparations with a passionate reminder of its mission.

Team Bobcats varsity
it has only 35 players, a decrease from 56 last year. Almost all of them lost their homes in the fire. Many of them managed to escape miraculously down the mountain. None of them were in permanent housing when they started this return from the school's temporary storage facility at Chico airport last spring. Now about to start their official step, Prinz gathered them together to remember how this trip started.

“We started back last January, down in Chico, at the airport, we had no facilities, we didn't even have football … we went out on the gravel park to run plays, remember?” He said They knitted together on the field on Thursday night. “That was a hard time because, in my heart,
I didn't even know if we had a football team. … I didn't know if I had a job next year at Paradise High School… it was tough. ”

Lukas Hartley, second from the right, makes his head bent with colleagues during silence for the 86 victims of the Fire Camp.

Lukas Hartley, second from the right, makes his head bent with colleagues during silence for the 86 victims of the Fire Camp.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

He paused, and went on, “But what we did… we had each other… and we started to move on… guys had such a bad age to get this first game… you're sacrificing to go to this first game… You worked your mistakes to reach this first game… but it is not our goal to reach this first game, is it? … what is our goal? … to win the game! ”

The players finished their preparations with one public application from the visiting Williams team, a small school that received $ 5,000 in equipment from Under Armor to agree to make the 90-minute drive north to the suddenly exhausted Bobcats. play.

"I do not need any sympathy," said the man online Elijah Gould. “I want them to come to our heads because we are doing it.”

A day later, having finished Friday classes, rather than returning home to rest, the players stayed at school straight, spending their last hours before the first match together in the drama room. Because the fire had relocated them to so many different and even distant cities, Prinz did not expect any logistics to leave the campus.

“This game is the most important game in our lives. Everything in this game. ”

Michael Weldon, paradise football player parent

Meanwhile, outside four hours before the game, two hours before the junior varsity game, fans were coming up to pay sixty seats to redirect their city again.

He was the first fan of Michael Weldon, a postal worker who came so soon because he wanted to park himself in a prime venue for normality.
He lost everything in the fire, so his Toyota truck was new, the clothes were on his new back. His son Ben is back defensive and everything is with the new kid too.

The only thing that is not new is Bobcat football, and that is why Weldon simply showed up to stand alone in the parking lot.

“This game is the most important game in our lives,” he says. “Everything in this game.”

An informal tail arrived soon afterwards, and was located in an empty, contiguous tree once occupied by a church. Matt Madden, Chico's police officer spent his coach using a paradise, tent up and drop it up grill and waited for a show person. He didn't know if anyone would appear. It happened that everyone showed up, and soon he was covered in long-lost envelopes.

“My house survived but everyone around me has gone, all my friends gone, no one left, and to see this today …” Madden said three tears. “Everyone is coming back now, believing that this can be home again, it's something.

Lukas Hartley Paradise runs with the ball during Friday's match against Williams.

Lukas Hartley Paradise runs with the ball during Friday's match against Williams.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

It was hard for many fans this moment to taste without crying. Some felt when they first saw the team on the pitch. Others felt when they saw displaced friends in the stands. One woman felt at least when she saw only a glimpse of the field, with goal lines and poles and life. The high school was one of the paradise structures that survived the fault.

“People are finally coming home,” said Woody Culleton, a former mum, who started crying softly at the concession stand. “We lost our community and today we're back.”

When the teams were marching to the pitch for the start of the game, after a moment of silence for the fire victims, the thing they did was show their emotions, and Hopper breaking down tears during the national song.

“I was thinking, we lost everything, but maybe we got it again,” he said.

With hypertension, and the responsibility to affect it, the players nevertheless found the energy ahead.

'Don't go to the mountain!' 'They wouldn't sing before the game, and then created it
to the small Yellow Bottles by laying them around the field.

The first landing with the nervous Hartley came after he had broken Williams' defender at the end of an 11-yard race.

“The thing I saw was the last belt,” he said later, sweat sweat by streaking his stained charcoal face beneath his American band.

The second area came on a 64-yard pass match which Cowan completed by badly defending Williams before bouncing into the final zone.

Andy Hopper, Paradise's assistant football coach is crying as he returns to Tyler Harrison before the match.

Andy Hopper, Paradise's assistant football coach is crying as he returns to Tyler Harrison before the match.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

“I thought,‘ There was no way to keep it from scoring '”
Cowan said.

The Bobcats headed 21-0 at the end of the first quarter, 35-0 at half time, and they were rolled out. By the time he ended up strongly, shrug just coach Williams Jeff Lemus.

“It was a hard case,” said Lemus.
“There was a lot of emotion.

Before the game, it was announced that his school donated a silver week's paradise lunch for their reconstruction efforts. The Paradise players thanked them during the postgame lining, then they ran to celebrate victory.

Well, they weren't all going on. Some of them went out with cramps, with the firm end of Silas Carter falling on the ground in front of his dance colleagues screaming in pain.

“They gave everything to this night,” said Prinz.

Assistant coach Nino Pinocchio, who led the team, said the team would stay in the stands. The players turned their heads strangely, and they were seen to understand.

“Look around you, many people are facing a smiling smile!” Delete Pinocchio. “You did that! You did that! ”

Night smile and resilience were there and one incredible sunset.

In the middle of the game, through the once tree-filled spaces, the field was lit by an incredible setting of the sun. It was so big with a golden orange, it was almost like a fire. On this night, however, the beauty of the place has been replaced with extinction ideas.

Fans celebrate the first round of paradise for the first season.

Cedar Fields celebrates the first round of the Paradise on Friday night.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

It was enough to bring the growing pepper to a whisper.

“We are creating something precious, which will bring people to future generations to tell the story,” said Hopper.
“One team. One family. Home only. ”

One glorious night.

This is the third in a series of column features with Plaschke on the High Paradise football team which will be published during the season. If you wish to submit to the Advanced Athletics Paradise, contact the Athletic Director, Anne Stearns at


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