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County schools prep for short football season

Head coach for the Panthers, Lane Davis, goes over plays with Cale Kuska and Nate Pitzner at practice last Friday evening.

Get ready for those Friday night lights in Spring. With the announcement last week about the return of high school football, volleyball, and basketball, three county schools, Pierce, Maxwell, and Williams High, will hold up to a six-game season.

The California County tier system means schools are only permitted to play against teams in connecting counties. For Colusa County, that means Glenn, Butte, Sutter, Yolo, and Lake Counties.

No stranger to the field, the Panthers welcome back Robert Wilson, who coached Maxwell from 1990-2013, and Lane Davis, who last coached on the Maxwell field in 1988. Davis and Wilson also welcome Kyle Cabral, George Barajas, and Austin Bedart to their coaching staff.

Leonardo Tapia and Bryan Darden accompany Williams Varsity Head Coach Jeff Lemus. Pierce, coached by Anthony Tapia with assistants Angel Hernandez and Chris Tapia, will open their season up against Williams for the annual Rice Bowl on March 26, with JV starting at 5:30 PM and varsity 7:30 PM in Williams.

“I have played Yellowjacket football since my freshman year,” said Senior Angel Bautista. “Being able to play football right now feels like a dream. I never thought I would have the chance to play again after our season was canceled. Being back in my helmet and pads is amazing. I can’t wait for the Rice Bowl.”

Spectators will be limited to a 25 percent capacity, and snack bars are restricted to pre-packaged items only, but the show will go on. Pierce will face competitors, Williams, Live Oak, Paradise, Durham, and Winters, while Williams will face Pierce, Maxwell, Biggs, and Hamilton. Maxwell’s schedule was not yet available, and schedules could be subject to change.

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