Town devastated by wildfire savors high school football win
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of people who lost their homes in a deadly Northern California wildfire have returned to the town for the local football team’s first game since the blaze.
Paradise High School defeated Williams High School 42-0 on Friday night. Senior running back Lukas Hartley says he threw up on the field as his emotions got the best of him. But he later ran over a defender to score a touchdown. He says the team felt like they had the town on its back.
Shannon Stoneman, 43, moved her family more than 130 miles (210 kilometers) away after losing her home. She says she came to the game on Friday to support the town and to let people know their hearts were in Paradise even if their homes were not.