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
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.
G – Baird 17 yd pass from Kroells (kick wide left) 11:13 - 0-6
G – FG Martinez 26 yds 3:19 - 0-9
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) 5:31 - 14-16
B – Moore 16 yd pass from Dubois (T.Smith kick) 3:57 - 21-16
|First Downs||15 (12 run; 3 pass)||17 (12 run; 1 pass; 4 pen)|
|Rushes – Yards||49-246||48-145|
|Comp - Att – Int||6-19-2||4-15-2|
|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|
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
G: 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
G: 22-W.Jones 3-70, 31-Ford 1-25 B: 3-Moore 1-22, 18-Hall 1-21
G: 22-W.Jones 2-2 B: 3-Moore 2-8
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
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.