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Paradise’s dream football season ends 1 year after fire

YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California community is rallying around its local high school football team after it lost a championship game, one year after a deadly wildfire destroyed most of the town.

The Paradise High School football team lost to Sutter Union High School by a score of 20-7 in the Northern Section Division III championship game on Saturday.

The game comes just over one year after a wildfire burned down roughly 19,000 buildings and killed 85 people in and around the town of Paradise.

For a while, it looked like the team would not have a 2019 football season. But the team rallied and finished the regular season undefeated.

Head coach Rick Prinz says he’s proud of the team for helping the community come together.

The Associated Press

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