Cards match the team’s 4-0 start in 2007 – Lake County Record-Bee

LAKE COUNTY – Five weeks into the 2022 high school football season, the Clear Lake Cardinals (4-0) are the last remaining undefeated team among Lake County schools.

Clear Lake earned its fourth victory of the season against archrival Kelseyville, 43-33, in Bass Bowl XII on Friday night at Don Owens Stadium in Lakeport. It was one of the most entertaining Bass Bowl contests since the annual rivalry game between the two schools took on the Bass Bowl moniker in 2010. The Cardinals have now won each of the past three meetings to cut the series lead from Kelseyville 7-5. Of course, these two schools have been butting heads long before 2010 and will continue to do so long after we are all dead.

Lake County’s other undefeated team going into Week 5, Upper Lake, suffered its first loss on Friday at home against Fremont’s California School for the Deaf, which built a 28-0 halftime lead before the Cougars will come back to make a game out of it, eventually. falling 28-20. The Pumas fall to 3-1.

Week 5 also marked the start of league competition for North Central League I and II schools, placing additional emphasis on the weekend’s results. Clear Lake, Middletown, Cloverdale and Willits all earned victories in NCL I action, while California School for the Deaf, South Fork and Stuart Hall all won their first NCL II matches (Branson had a bye). In an interesting twist, all of last weekend’s NCL I winners meet in Week 6 when Clear Lake visits Middletown and Cloverdale hosts Willits. Upper Lake (0-1) goes on the road against Stuart Hall (1-0) on Saturday, a rematch of last year’s North Coast Section eight-man playoff game won by Stuart Hall 12-0 at Stadium Kezar in San Francisco.

Below is a look back at the action from Week 5:


Rushing: Middletown’s Brandon Costlow carried the ball 35 times for 280 yards and two touchdowns in the league’s inaugural 29-8 victory over Lower Lake. Upper Lake’s Ben Beecher had 142 yards on 11 carries. Clear Lake quarterbacks Jake Soderquist (112 yards, TD) and Luke Watkins (106 yards, 2 TD) of Kelseyville surpassed the century mark in Bass Bowl XII. Kelseyville fullback Sam Vanoven narrowly missed out on 21 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown. Clear Lake’s Hank Ollenberger added 72 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

Passing: Clear Lake Jake Soderquist threw for 221 yards and three touchdowns against Kelseyville. Kelseyville’s Luke Watkins and Upper Lake’s Jerod Rosales each had a pair of TD passes.

Receiving: Clear Lake’s Jesse Hayes had five receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. Kelseyville’s Reme Strong had two catches for 61 yards and a TD, while teammate Joey Gentle had three catches for 45 yards and a TD.

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5 for 5: Clear Lake’s Jesse Hayes made all five of his extra point attempts. Another PAT attempt was thwarted by a bad hit.

Touchdown setup: Hank Ollenberger’s 37-yard punt return set up Clear Lake’s final touchdown against Kelseyville in Bass Bowl XII. Kelseyville’s Clifton Parker returned the opening kickoff 46 yards to set up the Knights’ final score a few minutes later.

Need to cover it: Upper Lake couldn’t recover on an onside kick in the first quarter against CSD, leading to an Eagles touchdown for a 14-0 lead.


I’ll have one of each: Kelseyville’s Reme Strong recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass against Clear Lake.

A day’s work: Upper Lake’s Nick Foster recorded a team-high 14 tackles, including a sack, and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown against CSD.

Hey, Mac, did you get the license plate on that speeding truck? — Yeah, it was No. 52 for Clear Lake (Tony Gersalia) making big hits and big tackles all the way down the field in Bass Bowl XII.

The Twelfth Man: Upper Lake’s Ron Raetz may have exhausted his high school eligibility long ago, but he was involved in one of the biggest hits on the sidelines Friday night at Upper Lake.

Safety: Clear Lake went up 9-7 against Kelseyville midway through the first quarter thanks to a safety and never relinquished the lead.


Streaks: Clear Lake’s three-game Bass Bowl winning streak is the longest for that school since the series began in 2010.

No. 297 — Middletown head coach Bill Foltmer is three wins away from his 300th career victory. Of his 297 high school wins to date, 278 have come at Middletown and 19 at Princeton High School in Colusa County. Those are all 11-man wins.

Most points: The combined 76 points scored by Clear Lake and Kelseyville in Bass Bowl XII was a series record, dwarfing the 69 scored by the two teams in Bass Bowl III in 2012 (a 43-26 Clear Lake win).

The Hayes Report (sponsored by Mike Hansen’s Giants Express Shuttle Service): Freshman Jesse Hayes had five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown, two rushes for 18 yards and kicked five extra points, while junior Cody Hayes, who was still recovering from a back injury, had one. eight-yard catch.

Week 6 at a glance: Clear Lake visits Middletown, Kelseyville hosts Fort Bragg and Lower Lake travels to St. Helena in NCL I on Friday night, and Upper Lake heads to San Francisco on Saturday to play Stuart Hall in the action of the NCL II.

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Lots of penalties: Clear Lake and Kelseyville combined for 160 penalty yards. Two Clear Lake 15-yard penalties in one play led to a Knights touchdown with seconds remaining in the first half.

Man, what a game: Middletown’s Jenna Tufo scored eight times in a 10-6 women’s soccer victory over Willits on Thursday in Middletown. Eight goals.

When volleyball coaches help keep football stats: In addition to his rushing and passing yards on Friday, Clear Lake quarterback Jake Soderquist was credited with seven kills and three blocks against the Knights.

The quarterbacks shine: Clear Lake quarterback Jake Soderquist throws for three touchdowns and rushed for another, while Kelseyville quarterback Luke Watkins threw for two TDs and rushed for two.

TD Game Three: Clear Lake’s Hank Ollenberger ran for two scores and turned a small 5-yard pass into an 80-yard touchdown against Kelseyville.

Wrong assumption: A couple of parents who play fall sports are convinced that I don’t like their kids, but that’s wrong. Actually, your children are not the problem.

Quarterback hands off: Clear Lake’s offensive line has gone its first four games without allowing a quarterback sack.

JV Winners: Kelseyville 41-19 over Clear Lake, Middletown 22-7 over Lower Lake.

Whiteout replay: A week after Middletown’s youth soccer teams eliminated Westshore in the Mendo-Lake Empire youth soccer league, the Colts did it again Saturday against Cloverdale, featuring the varsity, junior varsity and pee wee clubs winning by a combined 79-0. .

Your cash is no good here: Oracle Park, where there is only plastic for everything.

He wants out: Las Vegas wide receiver Davante Adams is demanding a trade back to the Green Bay Packers, and he’ll foot the bill.

Pretty exciting stuff: Lower Lake High School will soon be home to the county’s first all-weather track and a dedicated pole vault pit, meaning Lake County will finally be able to host conference championships in track and field. Dirt tracks are dinosaurs. Now the county needs an all-weather playing surface for football/soccer.

Fast Start: Clear Lake’s varsity football team is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since the 2007 team won its first four games before tying Fort Bragg 6-6 in its fifth game (ties they are now broken by the California playoffs). That 2007 Clear Lake team went 9-0-1 in the regular season before losing to King’s Academy of Sunnyvale in the first round of the sectional playoffs. The last Clear Lake team to go 5-0… checking the records right now for an answer. I missed that King’s Academy game in 2007 to watch a girl from Healdsburg High win a sectional cross country championship in Hayward.

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