The Fawn Fire that exploded in size in northeast Redding Thursday and evacuated the Shasta College campus caused Shasta College’s home football game on Saturday against College of the Sequoias to be postponed to Week 11 on Nov. 20, Shasta College athletic director Mike Mari confirmed Friday morning.
The Fawn Fire has burned 5,850 aces, destroyed 25 structures and is threatening another 9,066 structures, according to Cal Fire, which said the fire is at 10 percent contained as of Friday morning.
This is the second time Shasta College has had to postpone a game this season, moving its road opener against West Hills Coalinga to the lone bye week on Oct. 9 due to wildfire smoke impeding practices. Due to the bye week already filled, the Sequoias game had to be added on to the end of the season.
“We are disappointed that we will not be playing on Saturday,” Shasta College head football coach Bryon Hamilton said. “The safety of our athletes and coaches is first and foremost on our mind.”
The Knights beat San Joaquin Delta 42-27 in the home opener on Sept. 11 and lost to Laney 30-29 on Sept. 17 to sit at 1-1 on the season. Shasta is ranked 24th in this week’s CCCAA Top 25 Poll.
Sophomore running back Tyler Boston leads the state with 188.5 rushing yards per game and is first in the state with six total touchdowns on the year — five rushing and one receiving.
Shasta’s next game will be Oct. 2 at Chabot before going to West Hills on Oct. 9 in what would be its first three-game road stretch in a single season since 2006.
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