Paradise Goes Back to Back

The Paradise Bobcats demolished the Foothill Cougars, 40-7 and claimed their second Northern Section Div I Championship in a row...

Paradise HS (Bobcats) easily defeated Foothill HS (Cougars) to win their sixth Northern Section Div-I Title in the last nine years. The Bobcats, under the direction of Coach Rick Prinz left no doubt, which is the best team in the Eastern Athletic League North - Div I. The Bobcats under Coach Prinz have reached the section final four years in a row and eight out the last nine years.

Paradise's game plan had no match on the field of play, the Cougars could not do anything to stop the Bobcats offense and obviously, Foothill under Coach Hamilton had no answers to overcome the Bobcats fierce defense. The Cougars' offensive and defensive game plan was a complete disaster again this year. Every year the Cougars have a very talented team with high quality players, however, no section title has been won in the past few years and the margin on the scoreboard is getting bigger - excuses should be none, can't blame the field or the cold, a better team won with a much better game plan.

Paradise never made a secret of their game plan and they started rather quick 20 to 0 in the first quarter. The scoreboard showed 34-7 at the end of the third quarter. This could have been easily a shutout if it wasn't for a Bobcats' muffed punt that the Cougars turned into seven. The scoreboard showed 40 to 7 Bobcats at the end.

Many talented and hardworking players in the Paradise squad; Running Back, Albert Stevens (#30, Sr) carried the ball 42 times for 280 yards and 3 TDs, and accumulated nearly 2,000 rushing yards for the year. QB Tom Hays (#2, Jr) carried the ball 12 times for 102 yard and 2 TDs. Luis Amaya (#21, Sr) carried the ball 4 times for 26 yards and a TD, Willie Glover (#23, Sr) carried the ball 7 times for 33yards. On the defensive side; Kyle Madden (#4, Sr) had 6 tackles and 1 assist, Johnny Porter (#5, Jr) had 7 tackles and 1 assist, Epa Rokoika (#81 Sr) had 4 tackles and 1 assist, John Dixon and Kevin Townsend one sack each. I could go on and on and name all the players because every single player deserved praise and should be very proud of their accomplishment.

As the Bobcats are sticking to their Wing-T and accumulating victories, and section titles, the Cougars should re-think their system. It has been too long for the Cougars not to bring a title to their fans or at least to be competitive in these championship games. As a Foothill parent put it after the game "A very, very sad day for Foothill HS".

Paradise Football Program is what every high school aspire to be, a very well discipline squad with a winning attitude a dedicated and knowledgeable coaching staff and the titles to prove it. Great job Paradise you are #1 without a doubt.

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