The were happy to get a game in. They were lucky to find an opponent. And even though the Redding Christian Lions might only get one game in, they made the most of it.
The Lions downed Los Molinos 32-20 – playing up in 11-man football, something the Palo Cedro team had never done and had to learn on the fly. For that, Redding Christian is this week’s Clear View Auto Glass Team of the Week.
After most the 8-man schools opted out following the COVID delay, the Lions held fast. They wanted to play. They wanted to get back out on the field following last year’s finals loss.
But the only opponents were in Plumas County and its health department would sanction cross-county games. So coach Gerald Piper and the Lions pivoted. They looked for anyone willing to play and found a game opponent in Los Molinos.
Redding Christian had to transform from the 8-man game to the traditional 11-on-11 fare. And did so with flying colors.
The Lions showed many in the North State that talent is talent and can translate as Carson Piper, the No. 11 returning Shasta County Sports player, had a day with four scores in the victory over the Bulldogs. Clark Smith also had a score for the Lions, rightly honored their seniors on Friday.
“It means everything to these seniors, we got the word that we get to play football and we came out here and just started practicing. Trying to throw 11-man at them and they picked it up, they bought in,” said Gerald Piper. “I couldn’t be more proud of them. I’ve got nine seniors and if this is their last game, I’m just proud to see them out there.”
We might not get to see the Lions until next year. But we’re happy for the players – and especially the seniors – that they got to showcase their stuff. Even if it was only for one week.
Clear View Auto Glass Team of the Week
Week 1 — U-Prep Panthers
Week 2 — Redding Christian Lions