As a member of this year’s Under-17 National Team, Gardner Edgerton High School’s Zach Bass represented the United States last week in the 2015 international bowl. Hosted at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Bass’ wide receiver skillset and athleticism helped earn Team USA a 24-10 victory over team Canada.
Bass was one of two Kansans on the squad. Alex King, a defensive lineman from Topeka, also played in the under-17 international bowl game.
Bass is a sophomore at GEHS. He is a 6-foot, 3-inch; 200-pound wide receiver for Team USA. He tried out for the USA Team after his freshman season and was selected to attend a camp in Baltimore during the summer between his freshman and sophomore seasons.
He was then one of 96 players selected to play in the International Bowl against Team Canada on Jan. 31.
Bass wore the same number for the U.S. Under-17 National Team that he wears for the GEHS Blazer team, number 18.
The U.S. Under-17 team started fast and ended with a flurry to beat the Canucks. Led by a Lindell Stone, a quarterback from Dallas, the U.S. scored a quick 10 points in the first half.
With the U.S. leading, 24-7, midway through the fourth quarter, Canada cut the deficit to 14 with a field goal. The U.S. fumbled the ball away on the first play of the ensuing drive but Zuccari ended that threat with an interception in the end zone. The Americans ran out the clock from there. The U.S. head coach was Gary Swenson of West Des Moines, Iowa.
The International Bowl is a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football and Football Canada – along with the International Federation of American Football, the sport’s international governing body as recognized by the International Olympic Committee.
The IFAF World Team included players from 27 countries. IFAF’s 68 member nations reside on six continents.