High school football: Non-winning streak intact

By Brock Stafford | Somewhat embarrassed sports editor

Officials played a pivotal role in Friday’s loss. (First down)
Officials played a pivotal role in Friday’s loss. (First down)

Bass Lake’s 2016 losing skid reached four complete games late Friday, with a 14-6 road loss to the Prairie Depths Housecats.

It was the first win for Prairie Depths since at least 2015.

Both teams entered the game winless so far this season, and Bass Lake exited the game even more-winless.

The Canoes now occupy sole possession of the cellar in The Moonshine Conference — tied with Nearbytown.

Things got off to a shaky start from the beginning against the Housecats. The injury-plague bug hit the Canoes again, when ace placekicker/exchange student Guinness McJiggers twisted his kicking-leg on the opening kickoff.

Another skill-position player has been sidelined.
Another skill-position player has been sidelined.

That marks the latest in a string of medical issues for Bass Lake’s team. Two weeks ago, senior running back Gush Accolades was lost for the season in a loss to Private Military Academy. Last week, the school mascot and an equipment manager suffered head colds.

  • Insult-to-injury: Kicker tests positive for alcohol, receives one-game suspension.

The rest of the game was tooth-and-nail throughout. Bass Lake reached the end zone twice, but one of those occasions came when the team was running off the field toward the locker room at halftime.

Bass Lake scored in the second quarter, but with no place-kicker, failed to go for a two-point conversion.

The game was still in doubt until the Housecats scored on the final play of the game, sealing the win for good.

In the postage press conference, Canoes head coach Zeb Dreppelin was noticeably upset.

“The team bus is locked, and our driver isn’t anywhere to be found,” Dreppelin said. “Guess our players will have to walk home. Fortunately, I drove my car to the game.”

Prairie Depths coach Paulie Fane was ecstatic, yet stunned.

“The final score isn’t as close as the score wouldn’t indicate,” Fane said. “Is that what winning coaches say? Or losers? I’m confused about how to handle this.”

On the bright side, Bass Lake hosts undefeated South Michiana next week for homecoming.

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