#1 Bakersfield Lowers Boom on LA Southwest

A week after taking over the top spot in the JC Grid-Wire ranking, Bakersfield (3-0) had no trouble justifying that honor, holding host LA Southwest (0-3) without a first down in the first half en route to a most impressive 52-6 victory Saturday afternoon at Serra HS in Gardena. (Photo: BC Coach Jeff Chudy; Credit: Tim Murphy)

Jacob Bower threw for three touchdowns, Pat Patterson rushed for two more and the Bakersfield first-string offense racked up 361 yards of offense in the first half.  At that point, LA Southwest had just 12 yards of offense, no first downs and no completed passes.  Even after a second half that featured the Renegade reserves, Bakersfield finished the game with a 513-113 advantage in total offense for the day.

Bakersfield took the opening kickoff and needed just 3:28 to take the lead and score all the points it would need for the win.  Bower’s 16-yard scoring toss to Brandon Banks and Arturo Villa’s good extra point made it 7-0, capping a 6-play, 55-yard drive.

When Southwest got the ball, it took just one series for the Bakersfield defense to assert itself when  Linebacker Mark Johnson delivered an absolutely devastating hit on Southwest quarterback Kurious Jackson.  Jackson somehow got right up and jogged off the field, but the Cougars were forced to punt and the tone was set for the day for the Bakersfield defense.

After a short punt – just 30 yards – and a nice 18-yard return by Bakersfield’s Attrail Snipes, the Renegades got the ball at the Cougar 38.  Three plays later, Patterson scored his first touchdown of the day from three yards out to make it 14-0 just 7:39 into the game.

Southwest’s next possession ended with a three-and-out, and on the punt attempt the snap sailed high over kicker Andy Polanco.  But Polanco scrambled back and managed to corral the ball and get off a 41-yard punt in a most remarkable effort as the ball rolled dead at the Bakersfield 2.  The Cougar defense then forced a Renegade punt, but even with excellent field position the Cougars were unable to take advantage and again had to punt.

Bakersfield got a 14-yard pass from Bower to Banks and a 32-yard pass from Bower to Dashan Miller to move into Southwest territory, but soon faced a 4th down.  On came William Mahan to punt, and his kick bounced high inside the Southwest 10.  With nobody near him, Southwest’s Daevin Simon alertly caught the ball on the bounce and started upfield with just the punter and one other Renegade between him and the end zone.  However, just as he neared the 30, he slowed down and Bakersfield’s Jeremy Ramirez knocked the ball out of his hands from behind and Patterson recovered for the Renegades at the 35.

Southwest got a break when Bakersfield’s Ben Estill fumbled and Southwest’s Robert Dorsey recovered (and was ruled down before he lost control of the ball).  But again, the Bakersfield defense held firm and the Cougars were unable to move the ball.

Then Bakersfield scored on its last three possessions of the half, and the rout was on.  A 7-yard pass from Bower to Snipes just less than five minutes into the second quarter capped a 6-play drive and made it 21-0.  After another Cougar punt, Patterson scored from a yard out to finish a 10-play, 65-yard drive and make it 28-0 with 4:47 left in the second quarter.  And after yet another Cougar punt – Southwest’s sixth of the half – Bower threw a 13-yard scoring pass to Miller with 51.2 seconds left before the break to make it 35-0.

That turned out to be Bower’s final throw of the day, and Bakersfield cleared its bench on both sides of the ball in the second half.  Cougar backup quarterback Torrey Harkness, who replaced Jackson after the starter suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter, used his speed to move the Cougars down the field for an 11-play, 62-yard touchdown drive early in the third quarter.  Billy Mallard, who had gained Southwest’s initial first down of the game early in the drive, scored from 3 yards out to get the Cougars on the board with 9:33 left in the third quarter.

But by then the outcome of the game was no longer in doubt.  The Bakersfield reserves added 17 second-half points on a 1-yard touchdown run by Still, a 21-yard field goal by Villa and an impressive 34-yard touchdown scamper by Gabriel Magee in the game’s final seconds.

With the win, Bakersfield improves to 3-0 on the season and should retain its #1 national ranking.  Bower finished 11 of 16 passing for 189 yards and 3 TDs.  Miller led all receivers with 5 catches for 116 yards.  Patterson rushed 12 times for 91 yards and a pair of TDs.  In all, the Renegades racked up 513 yards of offense and 26 first downs on the day, even with the first team only playing the first half.  And the Bakersfield defense was perhaps even more impressive than the offense with its first half without allowing a single first down or pass completion, and its total of 9 quarterback sacks on the afternoon.  Reserve Matthew Morris had two sacks while seven other Renegades each had a sack.

Bakersfield Renegades 52
L.A. Southwest Cougars 6

Saturday, September 15, 2007 – 1 pm – Serra HS - Gardena

1st Quarter:    
B – Banks 16 yd pass from Bower (Villa kick) 11:32 (7-0)
B – Patterson 3 yd run (Villa kick) 8:21 (14-0)

2nd Quarter:   
B – Snipes 7 yd pass from Bower (Villa kick) 10:27 (21-0)
B – Patterson 1 yd run (Villa kick) 4:47 (28-0)
B – D.Miller 13 yd pass from Bower (Villa kick) 0:51.2 (35-0)

3rd Quarter:   
S – Mallard 3 yd run (run failed – bad snap on kick attempt) 9:33 (35-6)
B – Estill 1 yd run (Villa kick) 0:27.1 (42-6)

4th Quarter:
B – FG Villa 21 yds 10:06 (45-6)
B – Magee 34 yd run (Villa kick) 0:10.2 (52-6)

Team Statistics:
First Downs:  LA Southwest 9 (4 rush, 3 pass, 2 penalty), Bakersfield 26 (15 rush, 10 pass, 1 penalty)
Rushes-Yds:  LA Southwest 41-43, Bakersfield 47-277
Passing Yds:  LA Southwest 70, Bakersfield 236
Comp-Att-Int:  LA Southwest 7-14-0, Bakersfield 14-21-0
Return Yds:  LA Southwest 233, Bakersfield 44
Sacks-Yds:  LA Southwest 1-7, Bakersfield 9-59
Fumbles-Lost:  LA Southwest 5-3, Bakersfield 2-1
Penalties-Yds:  LA Southwest 6-47, Bakersfield 4-33
Time of Possession:  LA Southwest 28:19, Bakersfield 31:41

Individual Statistics:
Rushing:  LA Southwest 7-Wesson 4-11, 1-J.Taylor 2-9, 34-Mallard 3-9, 26-Williams 4-8,
10-Harkness 21-4, 2-W.Crummie 2-2, 5-Alexander 5-0; Bakersfield 39-Patterson 12-91,
2-Magee 4-49, 23-Frieson 8-47, 26-G.Williams 7-37, 22-Peralta 3-26, 44-Estill 6-18,
31-Jackson 3-10, 12-Powell 1-3, 30-Giannelli 1-2, 36-Perotti 1-1, 15-Bower 1-(-7)
Passing:   LA Southwest 10-Harkness 7-9-0-70; 5-Alexander 0-5-0-0;
Bakersfield 15-Bower 11-16-0-189, 3 TDs; 12-Powell 3-4-0-47; 9-Brock 0-1-0-0
Receiving:   LA Southwest 85-Surles 2-35, 3-G.Smith 2-16, 1-J.Taylor 1-7, 87-Stanley 1-7,
2-W.Crummie 1-6; Bakersfield 7-D.Miller 5-116, 4-Banks 5-52, 5-Snipes 2-35,
87-Lewis 1-25, 82-Beathia 1-8
Interceptions-Ret Yds:  none
Fumble Recoveries:  LA Southwest 90-Dorsey; Bakersfield 39-Patterson, 52-Belvin, 56-Mosher
Sacks-Yds:  LA Southwest 22-Henley1-7; Bakersfield 97-Morris 2-8, 52-Belvin 1-9,
70-Sadrud-din 1-9, 96-Johnson 1-9, 98-McGee 1-8, 40-Rainey 1-6, 90-King 1-5, 94-Woods 1-5
Punters:   LA Southwest 17-Polanco 7-37.3 avg; Bakersfield 16-Mahan 4-41.8 avg
Kick Returns:  LA Southwest 2-W.Crummie 5-127, 7-Wesson 2-12, 1-J.Taylor 1-26,
26-Williams 1-16; Bakersfield 84-Damron 2-17
Punt Returns:  LA Southwest 2-W.Crummie 3-25, 25-Simon 1-27; Bakersfield 5-Snipes 3-27
Notes:  Bakersfield ent. 2-0, ranked #1 in California (COA) and the nation (JC Grid-Wire). 
LA Southwest entered 0-2.  Johnson set the tone with a pulverizing hit on LASW’s 1st series; remarkably, Alexander got right back up though he later left with an (unrelated) ankle injury.  Bakersfield outgained LASW 361-12 in total yds in the first half and held LASW without a first down or a completed pass.  Bower and most of the BC first-stringers dnp-2nd half. 

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