El Camino Tops Bakersfield in OT Thriller

Boo Jackson's (photo) 26-yard touchdown pass to Corey Surrency in overtime lifted El Camino (11-2) to a dramatic 23-20 victory over Bakersfield (11-2) before over 5,000 fans at Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon, sending the Warriors to the State Championship Game next week against City College of San Francisco.

The game-winning pass capped an incredible last few minutes of a hard-fought, competitive game. Bakersfield had tied the game with a touchdown with just 19 seconds remaining in the game, and taken a 20-17 lead on their possession in overtime on a field goal after being pushed back to the 49 on a bad snap and a penalty. And it came as something of a surprise since Jackson was just 5 of 17 passing for 37 yards on the day before the winning score.

But Jackson's pass to Surrency was the difference in the game, and was the big play the Warriors needed to get past a stubborn Renegade squad. It was Surrency's first catch of the game, and only the second play of over 15 yards all day by the El Camino offense.

The Warriors' first big play helped stake them to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. After an exchange of punts to begin the game, El Camino got the ball back but soon faced a 3rd and 6 from its own 24. Jackson went back to pass, but ended up scrambling down the left sideline for a 68-yard gain. By the time Bakersfield's Ryan Ybarra dragged him down, Jackson had reached the Renegade 8 yard line. Three plays gained just 7 yards, leaving El Camino with a 4th and goal from the 1. But the Warriors turned to Jamicah Bass, and the standout runner scored from a yard out to put El Camino ahead, 7-0.

Bakersfield got a big play of its own on the ensuing kickoff as Brandon Banks returned the kick 43 yards to the Warrior 40 before being tripped up by Sean Prince. Runs by J.R. Rogers and Patrick Patterson got the Renegades a first down at the 30, and then Patterson got 12 more yards on another run to get to the El Camino 18. But the drive stalled, and when Edmund Tupuola sacked Stone for a 4-yard loss on third down back to the 23, the Renegades had to settle for a 40-yard field goal attempt by Will Johnson. On the kick, however, El Camino's Darrius Carter appeared to get a finger on the ball, the kick was well short, keeping El Camino ahead, 7-0.

On the next play, however, Bakersfield got the ball back when Dustin Bell intercepted a Jackson pass and returned it 26 yards to the Warrior 22. Four plays later, Rogers scored from 2 yards out to tie the score, 7-7.

After another exchange of punts, El Camino got the ball at its own 7. But the Warriors put together an 11-play, 63-yard drive highlighted by a pair of nice runs by 235-pound fullback Patrick Hill. The drive stalled at the Bakersfield 30, but then Joe Houston came on and kicked a 47-yard field goal to put El Camino back on top, 10-7.

On the ensuing kickoff, El Camino's Patrick Rooney dropped the kick beautifully into the right corner of the field, where Bakersfield's T.J. Lee had to pick the ball up at the 2. He managed to get a few yards on the return, but a penalty pushed the Renegades back to their own 3 to start their next drive. And two plays later that turned into disaster when Patterson fumbled after a hit by Kaipo Sarkissian. James Wheeler picked up the rolling ball at the 5 and carried it into the end zone for a touchdown that made it 17-7 El Camino.

Bakersfield still had 3:22 with which to work, and the Renegades put together an 8-play drive that ended with a field goal by Johnson with 15 seconds left before halftime. A 26-yard run by Rogers got the Renegades into El Camino territory, and an 18-yard pass from Stone to Banks moved the ball to the 22. Johnson's good field goal from 38 yards cut the El Camino lead to 7 points at the break.

The second half began as a defensive struggle. Each team punted on its first possession after gaining just a single first down. And each team punted on its second possession without gaining a single first down. That sequence ended when Bakersfield's Banks muffed a punt deep in his own territory, but the Renegades managed to recover the loose ball at their own 11 to avert further disaster.

Despite the poor field position, however, the Renegades had little problem finally putting together a drive and marching down the field. A 31-yard run by Stone got them out of the shadow of their own goalpost, and then Patterson broke off a long run down the left sideline before he was finally stopped at the Warrior 3 by Joseph Perkins. That saving tackle ended up being rather important, as the drive stalled and the Renegades faced 4th and goal at the 4 after El Camino's Tolu Moala knocked down Stone's 3rd down pass. And the long drive ended in frustration for Bakersfield when Johnson's 21-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.

El Camino got the ball near midfield on its next drive, but then had to punt again. Bakersfield got the ball at its own 22 with 12:02 left, and proceeded to drive all the way to the El Camino 20 after converting a 4th and 2 situation when Patterson picked up 4 yards. But a sack by Vuna Tuihalamaka pushed the Renegades back to the 29, and set up another 4th down situation. This time Stone's pass into the end zone was knocked down at the last moment by El Camino's Damilyn Tanner, turning the ball over on downs to the Warriors at the 29 with 6:54 left.

El Camino put together a 12-play drive that got all the way to the Bakersfield 39, but then faced a 4th down situation and wisely punted the ball away. That seemed like a wise decision, at least, since the Renegades ended up with the ball at their own 28 with 1:12 on the clock and just 1 timeout left.

But Bakersfield put together a thrilling drive, much to the delight of the big red-clad crowd of Renegade supporters. A 16-yard pass from Stone to Rogers moved the ball to the 44. Then came a 20-yard pass to Lee to get to the El Camino 36. An 8-yard scramble by Stone moved it to the 28. After a spike to stop the clock, Stone tried a pass into the end zone that was knocked down by El Camino's Lamar Chapman. Facing 4th and 2, Stone calmly threw to Mitchell Horack for the first down, and the sophomore Tight End made it all the way to the Warrior 8. On the very next play, Stone found J.P. Masuda alone in the middle of the end zone and threw him the touchdown pass, making it 17-16.

On came Johnson, who had missed a field goal from similar distance in the third quarter, to try the ever-important extra point. But this time he booted it right through, tying the score at 17 and sending the game to overtime.

El Camino won the toss before overtime, and elected to go on defense first. And when the Bakersfield offense began its overtime possession, things took a turn for the worse for the home squad when the snap on the first play sailed over Stone's head. The mobile quarterback picked up the ball and headed to the right sideline looking to pass, but ran out of ground before he could get rid of the ball, resulting in a 14-yard loss. And on the next play, Bakersfield was flagged for holding, pushing the Renegades back all the way to the 48.

But Stone came through with a 17-yard pass to Lee on the next play, getting Bakersfield back in at least theoretical field goal range. After a 10-yard scramble on third down to the 21, Stone had no choice but to watch nervously as Johnson came on to attempt a 38-yard field goal. But the sophomore kicker came through with a strong kick, making the field goal and putting the Renegades ahead, 20-17.

Then, however, El Camino got the ball. First down resulted in just a 1-yard gain by Bass but a second down pass to Kayne Farquharson resulted in a 2-yard loss. On 3rd and 11, Jackson faded back to pass, though he was just 5 of 17 for 36 yards and an interception before releasing the ball towards the middle of the end zone.

Surrency caught the ball. As he fell into the end zone, the entire Warrior sideline spilled onto the field and a hush engulfed the big stadium. With that catch, the Warriors had won the game.

El Camino Warriors 23 Bakersfield Renegades 20 (OT)

Saturday, December 2, 2006 – 4 pm – Memorial Stadium, Bakersfield
The 2006 Southern California Championship Game 


1st Quarter:    

EC – Bass 1 yd run (Houston kick) 5:32 (7-0)

2nd Quarter:   

B – Rogers 2 yd run (W.Johnson kick) 13:44 (7-7)
EC – FG Houston 47 yds 4:33 (10-7)
EC – Wheeler 5 yd fumble return (Houston kick) 3:22 (17-7)
B – FG W.Johnson 38 yds 0:15 (17-10) 

3rd Quarter:   

No Scoring

4th Quarter:    

B – Masuda 8 yd pass from Stone (W.Johnson kick) 0:19 (17-17)


B – FG W.Johnson 38 yds (17-20)
EC – Surrency 26 yd pass from Jackson (no conversion try) (23-20) 


First Downs:  Bakersfield 17 (11 rush, 6 pass), El Camino 14 (9 rush, 4 pass, 1 penalty)
Rushes-Yds:  Bakersfield 44-245, El Camino 38-228
Passing Yds:  Bakersfield 149, El Camino 63
Comp-Att-Int:  Bakersfield 14-25-0, El Camino 6-18-1
Return Yds:  Bakersfield 119, El Camino 42
Sacks-Yds:  Bakersfield 1-10, El Camino 2-13
Fumbles-Lost:  Bakersfield 3-1, El Camino 0-0
Penalties-Yds:  Bakersfield 6-53, El Camino 3-25
Time of Possession:  Bakersfield 31:43, El Camino 28:17


Rushing:  Bakersfield 3-Rogers 22-112, 39-Patterson 10-90, 8-Stone 8-54, 28-Velez 1-3, team 1-(-14); El Camino 4-Bass 22-103, 17-Jackson 4-66, 22-Hill 4-39, 46-Irving 6-19, 32-Francis 1-2, 8-Knight 1-(-1)
Passing:   Bakersfield 8-Stone 14-24-0-149, 1 TD; team 0-1-0-0; El Camino 17-Jackson 6-18-1-63, 1 TD
Receiving:   Bakersfield 7-Lee 5-69, 11-Banks 2-23, 3-Rogers 2-17, 5-Snipes 2-13, 81-Masuda 2-7, 43-Horack 1-20; El Camino 81-Hons 2-24, 2-K.Farquharson 2-7, 6-Surrency 1-26, 32-Francis 1-6
Interceptions-Ret Yds:  Bakersfield 6-Bell 1-26; El Camino none
Fumble Rec-Ret Yds:  Bakersfield none; El Camino 25-Wheeler 1-5
Sacks-Yds:  Bakersfield 98-M.Johnson 1-10; El Camino 7-Tuihalamaka 1-9, 92-Tupuola 1-4
Punters:   Bakersfield 18-Dellaganna 4-41.3 avg; El Camino 15- De Alba 6-35.0 avg
Kick Returns:  Bakersfield 11-Banks 2-65, 7-Lee 1-5; El Camino 9-K.Farquharson 1-16, 80-Price 1-12, 32-Francis 1-9
Punt Returns:  Bakersfield 11-Banks 3-10, 6-Bell 2-13; El Camino 9-K.Farquharson 1-0
Missed FG:  Bakersfield 35-W.Johnson 40 yds (blocked), 21 yds (wide left)

Notes:  Att-5,452. El Camino, the #4 seed, improves to 11-2 and will face CCSF next week for the state championship. Bakersfield, the #2 seed, finishes 11-2. A 68-yd scramble by Jackson set up ECC's 1st TD. 95-Carter appeared to be the Warrior who partially blocked Johnson's 1st FG attempt. Bell's int. set up BC's 1st TD. 26-Sarkissian caused the fumble Wheeler returned for the TD. In OT, after a bad snap (loss of 14 yds) and a penalty, BC faced 2nd and 34 from the 49 but managed to get close enough for the FG. However, Jackson's TD toss to Surrency trumped that. This is the first time these longtime rivals have faced each other since 1987 but they'll meet in week 2 of the regular season next year.


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