So we talked about attendance at Burney High School athletic functions last week - or lack thereof, and now we’re going to switch gears and talk positively about what can be done to get more bodies in the stands... Here are some thoughts presented by members of the community: ‘

• Lower admission prices. This idea is probably not going to fly, as admission prices to both Burney and Fall River athletic events are set by the leagues each school belongs to. Burney belongs to the Mountain Valley League for football and 5-Star conference for volleyball. Football tickets run $6 for adults, $5 for seniors $4 for elementary students and Free to students with Student Body Cards. Members of the Booster Club get a $1 discount. For volleyball, tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students with ASB card free. Both leagues allow schools the option of a family plan, and Burney has created these for both sports. Football family plan is $20 for up to five family members and volleyball is $12 for up to five.

• Get a sponsor (such as beverage distributor) to sponsor a “Free admission night” for one game.

• Have local merchants ‘adopt’ a player (or players) featuring a large poster in their business with player(s) photo and short biography, with the message that these players, “Invite you to our next game,” with a schedule posted.

• Have a parade down main street in the afternoon of a game. This might run into problems with state officials, but an impromptu group of cars with balloons and horns honking could probably be done without any hassle. • Have merchants decorate their business on game day - not just for Homecoming week.

• One of the busiest stores in town has agreed to place signs on their doors the day of home games... perhaps other merchants could follow suit (and perhaps the teams could provide those signs).

• Modoc sells parking spaces surrounding their gridiron field for $75 per season. One local suggests BHS look into this idea.

There are other idea’s being floated about, but realistically it will take members of the community to make an effort to show up at the games... I have to admit it will also take fellow Burney students to make the trip to games - especially since it doesn’t cost a thing for those with student body cards. Granted, an ASB card is $35, but if you attend seven games spread out over football, volleyball and basketball - you’ve got your money back.

I will be the first to admit there are people who dislike sporting events - they have absolutely no interest in either football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball or track. I would not expect to see them at these contests. However, there are many who do enjoy these sports who don’t come out to the games... perhaps you could invite your neighbor or other friends to attend the game with you. Make it an evening of friends getting together to not only to watch a game but to get the chance to visit together... How about your own tailgate party!

We at Mountain Echo will continue to do our part to publicize each and every game on the schedules of Burney, Fall River and Big Valley schools. We will continue to keep you informed of league standings and the weekly sports calendar.

So check out the ‘Sports Calendar for the Week’ located on page B-3... choose a game (or games) you can attend and get out of the house for an evening that provides something different than the usual TV fare.


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Raiders Pick Up First Victory
 HOOPA - The Burney Raiders picked up their first victory of the year here Friday night, spanking host Hoopa Valley, 34- 20 in a non-conference battle.

The Raiders started their scoring drive for the win in the second period, when quarterback Favian Jimenez scampered 28 yards to the House. As time ran out in the first half, Jimenez hooked up with Gerrardo Villarruel on a 26-yard catch and run play for touchdown number two.

Marvin Jackson notched a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter - a 75-yard kickoff return for six points and a 10-yard run for another six.

Burney’s final score came in the fourth period when Dante Mendoza plunged in from three yards out.

On defense, Jimenez and Jackson both intercepted Hoopa Valley passes.

“We played a lot more disciplined Friday,” summed up coach Jed Tate, “and it showed.”

He went on to note hat, “We overcame the adversity of a five hour drive, and came alive after a moribund first quarter... We played a good game of defense.”

No other statistics were available at press time.

Burney, now 1-3 will start Mountain Valley conference action at home this Friday night when the Quincy Trojans (1-2) come to town for a 5:30pm JV kickoff and varsity to follow.

Cards Fly Past Butte Valley

DORRIS - The Big Valley Cardinals continued to fly past opponents, as they blasted the host Butte Valley Bulldogs in their conference opener here Friday night, 71-12. The win boosted their overall mark to 3-0 and have out scored their foes, 203 to 24.

Big Valley jumped out to a commanding 37-0 lead in the opening period in coasting to the victory. With the lopsided lead, most senior players were relegated to the sidelines and the younger players continued the onslaught.

It took only 18 second into the contest for the Cards to light up their side of the scoreboard, as Konnor Gerig ran the opening kickoff back 75 yards for six points, and Tanner Bidwell ran in the 2-point conversion for a quick 8-0 lead and the start of their offensive blitz.

Bidwell hit Michael Mccrary on a 6-yard toss for TD number two and Bidwell ran in his second conversion and Big Valley was on a roll, 16-zip.

With 5:39 remaining in the opening stanza, Mc- Crary scored on a 5-yard run with Yamir Moyal kicking the PAT for a 23-point bulge.

Just over a minute later, McCrary notched his third TD of the night on a 23-yard rip with Yamir Moya kicking the PAT.

With just seven seconds left in the quarter, freshman Argenis Moya scored from 5-yards out with big brother Yamir kicking his third PAT and Big Valley was up 37-0 heading to the second quarter.

It became the Moya brothers show in the second period, with Yamir scoring two TD’s (56 yard run and 64 yard scamper) and Argenis Moya notching his second TD of the evening (20- yard run) sandwiched between his older bro’s two scores. Yamir also kicked two PAT’s to give the two siblings 20 points in the period.

In the third quarter, Jeremiah Wheeler scored a 2-yard rushing touchown with Kyle Lemke scoring the Cardinals lone fourth quarter TD - a 4-yard run.

Argenis Moya kicked both PAT’s.

On defense, Gerig intercepted a Bulldog pass in the first quarter, and McCrary snared an aerial in the second period. Noah James recovered a Butte Valley fumble and Argenis Moya recovered another when a Butte Valley player fumbled a kick-off.

Bidwell led the team in tackles with six.

“In games like this it’s sad that our seniors are limited in their playing time,” noted coach Bryan Gerig, “but on the other hand, it’s good to see the younger players get plenty of time on the field.”

The high flying Big Red Machine is averaging over 67 points a game of offense, while being very stingy on defense giving up only an average of eight points per contest.

The Cards (1-0 Calif- North league, 3-0 overall) are set to host the Dunsmuir Tigers (0-1, 1-2) in Big Valley’s 2017 home opener Friday night at 7 o’clock.