KELSEYVILLE- The Cardinals of Clear Lake High will be gunning to dethrone the defending Bass Bowl Champion Kelseyville High Knights Friday night starting at 7:30pm at Kelseyville High School Stadium in the eighth annual Bass Bowl. Kelseyville leads the series 5 to 2, winning the last 4 in a row, including last years 42 -14 beat down. Both teams, who have struggled in recent years, have shown substantial improvement. The visiting Cardinals will enter the game riding a 4 game winning streak, their only loss coming in the season opener on the road against a strong Colusa team, and are averaging over 38 points per game. The home team Knights bring a 3-2 record, and were a missed extra point away from tying perennial powerhouse Middletown. Last week the Knights trounced Cloverdale by 37 points, handing Cloverdale their worst defeat of the year. So for the first time in recent memory, the winner of this years Bass Bowl could have the inside track to the league championship.
The Bass Bowl Trophy will be brought to the game by the Knights, and it will go home with the winning team. It has resided at Kelseyville High for the last 4 years. The trophy sits on a totem pole that has the team mascots carved into it. The scores of every Bass Bowl is plated onto the trophy itself.
The Bass Bowl was recognized in the “Dirty 30: America’s 30 Greatest High School Rivalries” by Tom Ward. The section on the Bass Bowl is entitles “Kiss My Bass”, of which the author acknowledges as one of the books best chapters.
Fans of both schools are encouraged to attend and where their team colors: Black and Cardinal Red for the Cardinals, and Black and Orange for the Knights.