From the Bleachers – With Ron Mosher: Burney & Big Valley win to advance 

From the Bleachers – With Ron Mosher

Both the Burney Raiders and Big Valley Cardinals won their opening-round games in the Northern Section CIF 8-man football playoffs last Friday.


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The Raiders upset Princeton on the road, 46-30, and led at halftime, 20-8. Burney travels to Palo Cedro this Friday night for a 6 o’clock kickoff against the top-ranked Redding Christian Lions.

The Raiders have faced the Lions twice this year, with a pair of losses. However, the Raiders showed much improvement in their second game against the division champions, and coach Jed Tate hopes to see more improvement to upset Redding Christian and earn a spot in the championship game.

Burney End of Year Standings:


With a 40-22 win, the Big Valley Cardinals downed visiting Loyalton at home Friday night.

After being knotted at 22-all after the first three quarters, the Cards blew the game wide open after outscoring their opponents 18-0 in the fourth quarter.

Big Valley played most of the game without their starting quarterback, Kade Lemke, who sat with an injury.

The Cards take their 7-1 record into Tuelelake (3-5) this Friday night for a 7 pm playoff semi-final game. The winner moves to the championship set for November 19th.

Big Valley End of Year Standings:

Division Bracket:

About Ron, from the man himself:

Ron Mosher

I began doing sports coverage since the days of Dennis Smith at the Intermountain News in Burney in the mid 1960s through the mid 1970s. I took a long break after moving to the Bay Area, where I had an eight year stint with the San Francisco Giants front office as accounting and data processing manager – so my life has pretty much revolved around balls – footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, softballs, baseballs and the kids who toss ’em, catch ’em and excel in sports.

I returned to the Intermountain area in the 1990s and restarted my sports life in the area by working for Donna and Walt Caldwell and their Mountain Echo newspaper, retiring a few years ago after 20-plus years chasing kids all over northern California covering their antics in playing games. 

I have a love for all three of the Intermountain area schools, having attended Big Valley elementary through fourth grade, graduating from Burney elementary and then becoming a 4-year Fall River Bulldog, graduating in 1961… yep, I’m an old guy.

But, I’m an old guy who’s glad to be returning to the keyboard in following Intermountain Area sports and the kids who play ’em… remember: Find something round… you’ll have a ball!

Contact the editor:

Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.