Transcript for The town of Paradise celebrates 1st high school football game since wildfires
An emotional return to the field in a town talled paradise. Several months after it was devastated by that deadly wildfire and Diane Macedo is here with the story. Nice to have you back on the set. Good morning, everybody. Good to be back. The town of paradise came together for their first high school football game since that deadly wildfire forced them to cut last season short. The cover of the program read "New beginnings," and the bobcats made sure this one was one to remember. Emotions were running high as paradise valley high school's football team took the field after surviving California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire in history. Fans packed the stadium supporting their team against rival Williams high school. Just last year, this was the town of paradise. It destroyed over 150,000 acres. 90% of the high school students lost their homes. 86 people lost their lives, and nearly the entire community was forced to evacuate. Please, god, just let us out. Let us get out safe. Reporter: At the time the team was in the middle of a successful season heading to the playoffs but the decision was made to end its run. In the days following the wildfire, the nation showed solidarity. Even the San Francisco 49ers offered support. Kicking off the new season Friday night, thousands turned out to attend the first home game since those fires. For the first really like big event in paradise since the fire like nothing's really happened up here since the fire, and now this is the first home football game that's bringing the whole community together. Reporter: The paradise valley bobcats did not disappoint giving fans a 42-0 victory to celebrate. I think they're a bit excited. 42-0. Many people watching this team in hopes they can make it all the way to the state championship. This was really about so much more than football. For many this was the first time they went back to paradise since the fires took their homes so you're looking at a community torn apart finally back together again. And a little sense of normalcy. Yes. Friday night football. And joy which I'm sure they all need. I always feel a little bad for the other team in games like these. Yes. They'll be okay. They'll be okay. Yes, nothing compared to what they went through in paradise so great night for them. Thank you very much.
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