North Douglas player unintentionally shot and killed day before game

The Culver High School football team was supposed to play its first game of the season Friday night, but due to a tragedy, they will have to wait another week.

The Bulldogs were scheduled to play in Drain against the North Douglas Warriors, but the unintentional shooting death of North Douglas football team member Austin Lundeen on Thursday caused school officials to cancel all district activities Friday.

The first day of classes Tuesday at North Douglas High School was also canceled so students and friends of Lundeen could grieve.

Lundeen, 16, was fatally wounded when a rifle that his 15-year-old friend and teammate handed to him unexpectedly discharged.

"He was definitely a character and kind of kept things alive on the team," North Douglas football coach J.J. Mast said of Lundeen. "So you know, it's still setting in, we're all having a pretty tough time."

Culver High School football coach, and athletic director, Shea Little said he got the team together at the bus Friday and told them what happened, and then used this as a teachable moment for his team about the things life sometimes brings to your immediate attention.

Little said they are trying to fill the originally scheduled bye for Week 3 of the season, the Sept. 13 date, in lieu of the cancellation. Little said they had a few teams interested in playing that week, but as of Monday night, nothing had been decided.

Culver is scheduled to go on the road to Bandon in what now will be its first game Friday.

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