BC Beats Stingy Glendale

It took a half for the anticipated defensive struggle to materialize, but when it did it was the Bakersfield Renegades who rose to the occasion as they topped the Glendale Vaqueros, 21-16, November 10th at Moyse Stadium.

Bakersfield's defense held Glendale scoreless in the second half, allowing just 5 first downs.  That allowed the only touchdown of the half, a 16-yd scoring pass from Dennis Dubois to Sammy Moore, to stand up as the decisive score.  Dubois entered the game at QB for Bakersfield after starter Kevin Bryan threw an inteception on his first pass attempt of the game.  Dubois' numbers on the afternoon were modest (27 yds on 22 carries rushing and 4 of 14 for 35 yds passing) but his speed kept the Glendale defense off-balance for much of the afternoon.  And perhaps more importantly, the offense committed just one turnover on his watch.

Glendale got on the board first on a 17-yd pass from Joe Kroells to Kevin Baird less than 4 minutes into the contest.  That followed a muffed punt by Sammy Moore of Bakersfield, which Larry Ford of Glendale recovered at the BC 22.  Three plays later the Vaqs had a 6-0 lead.  After a 15-yd penalty for excessive celebration, the 35-yd XPA sailed wide left, leaving it 6-0.

The Vaqueros extended their lead on a 26-yd FG by Wilbur Martinez later in the quarter.  That capped a 15-play drive that took 6:25 that started with Cedric Hardimon's interception of Bryan's pass.  The FG made it 9-0, with all the Glendale points having followed Bakersfield turnovers.  That's when Dubois entered the game.

After a Renegade punt, Glendale fell victim to the turnover bug when Chris Browner intercepted a Kroells pass and returned the ball to the Vaquero 17.  On the very next play, Brian Joseph took the ball and ran it in for the score to put Bakersfield on the board.  Tyler Smith's extra point closed the margin to 9-7 Glendale.

The Vaqueros scored next, propelled by the running of Kartrell Clayton.  Clayton broke off a run of 32 yds to bring the ball across midfield, and ended up finishing the drive with a 15-yd scoring run.  Martinez' extra point made it 16-7.

Then Bakersfield embarked on a lengthy drive of their own, guided by the quick and elusive Dubois.  David McCrary took it the final 5 yds.  After Smith's kick, the score was 16-14 Glendale, and that's where things stood at halftime.

The second half became a game of ball control and defense, which had been the strength of Glendale during their 6-game winning streak.  But the Vaqueros turned the ball over 4 times in the second half and Bakersfield controlled the ball for 18 of the 30 minutes.  Glendale managed just 5 first downs in the half, all on the ground, and failed to score.  DL Jonathan Jones and MLB Ryan Kroeker were among the standouts for the Bakersfield defense.

The lone score of the second half came on a Dubois pass to Moore with 3:57 left in the third quarter.  That came just 2 plays after a fumble by Clayton and gave Bakersfield a lead they would not surrender.

Glendale drove to the Bakersfield 15 early in the 4th quarter, but that drive ended with Clayton's second fumble of the day.  That play also ended Clayton's afternoon as he suffered an apparent left knee injury and did not return.  Glendale would get the ball four more times before the game ended, but they would never be close to the Bakersfield end zone again.  Kroells' second interception of the day, this one nabbed by Kenneth Qualls with 6 seconds left on the clock, finished things off for Glendale.

The statistics show how dominant the defenses were.  The teams combined for less than 100 yds passing and neither team got 20 first downs.  Clayton led all rushers with 168 yds on 24 carries and a TD, but he also fumbled twice and he ended up leaving the game with the knee injury.  Wes Jones had 62 yds for Glendale, and Joseph led Bakersfield with 61 yds on 11 carries and he scored a TD.  Dubois had 27 yds on 22 carries, though his total grows to a team-high 70 yds if sacks are not included.  Sammy Moore's 3 catches for 34 yds led all receivers in both categories.

With the win, Bakersfield moves to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the Division.  They need only beat Santa Barbara next week to claim the WSC-Mountain crown.  Glendale falls to 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the Division and sees their winning streak end at six.

Scoring Summary:

1st Quarter:
G – Baird 17 yd pass from Kroells (kick wide left) 11:13 - 0-6
G – FG Martinez 26 yds 3:19 - 0-9

2nd Quarter:
B – Joseph 17 yd run (T.Smith kick) 13:55 - 7-9
G – Clayton 15 yd run (Martinez kick) 10:03 - 7-16
B – McCrary 5 yd run (T.Smith kick) 5:3114-16

3rd Quarter:
B – Moore 16 yd pass from Dubois (T.Smith kick) 3:57 - 21-16

4th Quarter:
(No Scoring)

Team Statistics: Glendale Bakersfield
First Downs 15 (12 run; 3 pass) 17 (12 run; 1 pass; 4 pen)
Rushes – Yards 49-246 48-145
Passing Yards 65 35
Comp - Att – Int 6-19-2 4-15-2
Return Yards 100 86
Sacks – Yards 6-43 1-1
Fumbles – Lost 4-3 3-1
Penalties – Yards 13-107 6-60
Time of Possession 30:20 29:40

Individual Statistics:

G:  5-K.Clayton 24-168, 22-W.Jones 20-62, 3-Kroells 5-16 B:  10-Joseph 11-61, 39-McCrary 11-45, 4-Dubois 22-27, 19-Watkins 4-12

:  3-Kroells 6-19-2-65, 1 TD B:  4-Dubois 4-14-1-35, 1 TD; 5-Bryan 0-1-1-0

G:  22-W.Jones 2-19, 83-Baird 1-17, 12-Bautista 1-12, 42-Giangrasso 1-9, 4-Catchings 1-8 B:  3-S.Moore 3-34, 18-Hall 1-1

G:  30-Overtruff 5-40.4 avg  B:  85-Gamboni 5-37.6 avg

Kick Ret:
G:  22-W.Jones 3-70, 31-Ford 1-25  B:  3-Moore 1-22, 18-Hall 1-21

Punt Ret:
G:  22-W.Jones 2-2   B:  3-Moore 2-8

Int-Ret Yds:
G:  7-Hardimon 1-3, 24-M.Garcia 1-0  B:  15-Browner 1-26, 34-Qualls 1-0             

G:  59-Coronado 2½, 64-Southern 2, 28-Jordan ½, 51-Karch ½, 52-Acker ½ B:  90-Ballard    

Missed FG:
B:  87-T.Smith 37 yds (wl), 45 yds (blk)

Both teams entered 6-2.  Glendale was 5-0 in Division and ranked #9 in South (COA).  Bakersfield was 4-1 in Division and ranked #7 in South, #24 in Nation (JCGW).  Bryan started at QB for BC but was replaced by Dubois after throwing an int on his first attempt.  Lots of scoring followed turnovers:  GC's 1st TD came 3 plays after Moore's punt muff (rec by 31-Ford) gave the Vaqs the ball at the 22.  GC's FG came on 15-play, 6:25 drive following Hardimon's int off Bryan.  BC's 1st TD came on 1st play after Browner's int.  BC's final TD came 2 plays after Clayton's 1st fumble.  GC later got the ball to the BC 15 early in the 4th but Clayton fumbled and BC recovered.  Clayton also injured his knee on the play and did not return.  GC was assessed a 15-yd celebration penalty after their 1st TD, which made XPA attempt much harder and it sailed wide left.  26-Lawson of GC blocked the FGA.  Among the many standouts on the Bakersfield defense were DL Jonathan Jones and MLB Ryan Kroeker.

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