California High School Football Team Makes A Comeback After Wildfires | TODAY

California High School Football Team Makes A Comeback After Wildfires | TODAY
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NBC’S STEVE PATTERSON WITH THE JOY OF FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. JOY OF FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.>>TOO OFTEN, WE TAKE FOR>>TOO OFTEN, WE TAKE FOR GRANTED THE MAGNIFICENT RHYTHM GRANTED THE MAGNIFICENT RHYTHM OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL. OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL. NOT HERE. NOT HERE. THIS MAY LOOK LIKE IT IS THE THIS MAY LOOK LIKE IT IS THE KICKOFF TO ANY GIVEN GAME AT THE KICKOFF TO ANY GIVEN GAME AT THE START OF ANY GIVEN SEASON, BUT START OF ANY GIVEN SEASON, BUT THIS IS A NIGHT THAT MEANS FAR THIS IS A NIGHT THAT MEANS FAR MORE THAN WHAT HAPPENS ON THE MORE THAN WHAT HAPPENS ON THE FIELD. FIELD. THIS IS PARADISE FOOTBALL. THIS IS PARADISE FOOTBALL. A TEAM OF NOW MOSTLY DISPLACED A TEAM OF NOW MOSTLY DISPLACED TEENS, PUTTING THE HOPES OF TEENS, PUTTING THE HOPES OF THEIR HOMETOWN ON THEIR SHOULDER THEIR HOMETOWN ON THEIR SHOULDER PADS. PADS. JUST NINE MONTHS AGO, THE JUST NINE MONTHS AGO, THE DEADLIEST AND MOST DESTRUCTIVE DEADLIEST AND MOST DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRE IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY WILDFIRE IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY RAVAGED NEARLY EVERYTHING RAVAGED NEARLY EVERYTHING STANDING HERE. STANDING HERE. MORE THAN 14,000 HOMES MORE THAN 14,000 HOMES DESTROYED. DESTROYED. AT LEAST 25,000 RESIDENTS AT LEAST 25,000 RESIDENTS DISPLACED. DISPLACED. 86 PEOPLE KILLED. 86 PEOPLE KILLED. EVERY MEMBER OF THE TEAM EVERY MEMBER OF THE TEAM IMPACTED. IMPACTED. ALL BUT THREE PLAYERS LOST THEIR ALL BUT THREE PLAYERS LOST THEIR HOME. HOME.>>WE FINALLY FEEL PUT TOGETHER,>>WE FINALLY FEEL PUT TOGETHER, I GUESS, SOMETHING WE HAVEN’T I GUESS, SOMETHING WE HAVEN’T FELT IN A LONG TIME. FELT IN A LONG TIME.>>GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING. WELCOME BOBCATS. WELCOME BOBCATS.>>LAST WEEK, PARADISE HIGH>>LAST WEEK, PARADISE HIGH REOPENED TO STUDENTS, AND THE REOPENED TO STUDENTS, AND THE ENGLISH TEACHER IS GLAD TO BE ENGLISH TEACHER IS GLAD TO BE BACK. BACK.>>IT IS THE BEATING HEART OF>>IT IS THE BEATING HEART OF PARADISE AND THE FACT THAT PARADISE AND THE FACT THAT EVERYBODY IS SHOWING UP FOR THIS EVERYBODY IS SHOWING UP FOR THIS GAME, WE ARE ALIVE. GAME, WE ARE ALIVE. WE’RE STILL HERE. WE’RE STILL HERE.>>THE CROWD OVERFLOWING,>>THE CROWD OVERFLOWING, SITTING ANYWHERE THEY COULD, SITTING ANYWHERE THEY COULD, LARGER THAN THE TOWN’S LARGER THAN THE TOWN’S POPULATION. POPULATION. HEAD COACH RICK PRINS WAS SET TO HEAD COACH RICK PRINS WAS SET TO RETIRE AFTER MORE THAN 30 YEARS, RETIRE AFTER MORE THAN 30 YEARS, BUT JUST COULDN’T LEAVE HIS BUT JUST COULDN’T LEAVE HIS TEAM. TEAM.>>I TOLD THE KIDS, WE’VE WORKED>>I TOLD THE KIDS, WE’VE WORKED HARD, OVERCOME A LOT OF HARD, OVERCOME A LOT OF ADVERSITY TO GET TO THIS NIGHT, ADVERSITY TO GET TO THIS NIGHT, BUT GETTING HERE IS NOT OUR BUT GETTING HERE IS NOT OUR GOAL, OUR GOAL IS TO WIN THE GOAL, OUR GOAL IS TO WIN THE GAME. GAME.>>ON THIS NIGHT, FOR THIS>>ON THIS NIGHT, FOR THIS TOWN — TOWN –>>STAND UP.>>STAND UP.>>IT’S THE GAME ITSELF THAT IS>>IT’S THE GAME ITSELF THAT IS THE VICTORY. THE VICTORY. BUT WINNING LIKE THIS IS THE BUT WINNING LIKE THIS IS THE STUFF LEGENDS ARE MADE OF.

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