Burney has been going through a rough patch for nearly the past decade. The Raiders began a new era with Jedidiah Tate as the head coach last year but they couldn’t get back to the playoffs, and now haven’t turned in a winning season since 2009.
Success usually follows consistency so Year Two with Tate at the helm, plus a standout receiver and the Raiders could have something building.
Here’s a look at some facts and figures as the 2018 season kicks off:
The Raiders won three games last year for the second straight year, marking the first time the program picked up at least three wins in back-to-back seasons since 2011-12. Burney beat Hoopa Valley, Maxwell and Portola.
Burney receiver Nate Bishop finished the 2017 campaign with 401 receiving yards on 25 catches. Both of those lead Shasta County players eligible to return for the 2018 season. He had a season-high 100 yards on four catches in the 18-15 win over Maxwell. Bishop also caught two touchdowns.
Burney has won one playoff game in the MaxPreps era (since 2004), going 1-5 in that span. The lone win came in 2005, an 8-0 home win over Bishop Quinn (which is now Redding Christian). The Raiders reached the postseason but didn’t pick up a victory in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2016.
Burney’s 2017 roster had 15 players on it, the least number of players among the schools in Shasta County, all of the Northern Section Division V programs, and 11 of the 14 8-man football teams in the section.
Burney scored 77 points in its three wins last season, which was 59.6 percent of its points for the season. The Raiders scored 52 points in the other seven games, all losses.