It was a huge game for Mount Baker High School. On Nov. 3, the Mountaineers played King’s High School with a playoff berth on the line.
The winning school advanced. The loser went home.
Kaleb Bass is the starting quarterback for Mount Baker, and the 5-foot-10, 165-pound junior guided the Mountaineers to a resounding 45-14 win over King’s. Bass passed for 175 yards and 3 touchdowns and ran for another score as the Deming, Washington based school advanced to the postseason for the sixth straight year.
“We have done well the past few years,” Bass said.
In his second season as the varsity starting QB, Bass has done very well guiding the Mount Baker offense. He gives big credit to Coach J.C. Boice and NFA.
Bass has been training with Boice and NFA in the Seattle area for three years.
“I’m really happy with the progression I’ve made from my sophomore season to this season,” Bass said.
“I worked with J.C. a lot this summer and I’ve been really happy with what he’s taught me. Going through the progressions has really helped me as a quarterback. I’ve thrown the ball a lot better, carrying out fakes and using his technique to help me and my team get better.”
Bass received his first Duel invite at NFA’s Seattle camp earlier this year, and he finished third among incoming juniors after making the long trip to Atlanta.
“Doing well at the Duel helped me feel confident,” Bass said. “There were a lot of great quarterbacks that were there. To come in third just helps you realize how good you are at that time, how good you are overall and how much better you can be.”
Bass also plays basketball and baseball, and he hurt his calf playing basketball right before the Duel. “If you can, you play through it,” Bass said. “You’re playing for your team so sometimes you have to play hurt.”
Bass has been playing quarterback since he was in the second grade, starting at the flag level. “My older brother (Seth) was a quarterback and I loved watching him play,” he said. “It made me want to play quarterback. There’s a lot of decision making and that’s something I really enjoy doing.”
Bass gives NFA a lot of credit for helping him grow as a QB and start for the varsity as a sophomore. “NFA has helped me tremendously,” he said. “All of the stuff I didn’t know, they taught me. Now I’m actually taking all the things I’ve learned and helping teach the younger quarterbacks.”