High school football: Canoes avert upset bid

By our Beacon football staff

Bass Lake lost the football game, but the marching band walked away a winner.

Nearing the cusp of one of the hugest upsets in school history, Bass Lake Canoes fell short Friday, falling to the South Michiana Musclecars in a homecoming-night clash.

The Canoes trailed SMHS, 10-6, late in the third quarter, and a stunning upset was within reach. But, following two long touchdown runs, a punt-return TD, a pick-6, a kick-3 and a blocked punt for a safety, Bass Lake lost, 43-6.

Canoes head coach Zeb Dreppelin lauded his team’s overall effort, adding that extenuating circumstances contributed to the collapse.

“They beat us on the scoreboard,” Dreppelin said. “But, you gotta admit, field conditions were poor. Sure, that’s our fault, but still …”

Forrest Bunkard, new sports information director for Bass Lake schools, summarized the outcome shortly after the final horn sounded.

The game unraveled like a sweater in a Weezer song — but at a faster tempo,” Bunkard said. “It was like Rivers Cuomo was named MVP of Super Bowl XXII.”

BLHS drops to 0-5 on the season. Next week, the Canoes visit Dri-County.

  • Related: Ashlee-Megan McNabb named homecoming princess (by straw vote). See the Beacon print edition.

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