Nathan Baker completed just 7 of 23 passes on the night, but totalled
193 yds and 3 TDs on those 7 completions.
Meanwhile, Ventura's Tremaine Murray caught 4 passes for 139
yds and 2 TDs. And both
teams had a rusher break the 100-yd mark.
Yet the key sequence began
on a kickoff. Following
Bakersfield's touchdown with 6:41 to go, the Renegades appeared to be
ready to try an onsides kick. Ventura
put their return team close to the ball to defend against the onsides
kick, but Bakersfield ended up kicking the ball deep.
As the ball bounced around near the goal line, Ventura's Dwayne
Taylor picked up the ball at his 1.
His momentum carried him into the end zone, and by the time he
got turned around and back across the goal line the coverage was there.
He was stopped at the 3.
forced a Ventura punt on 4th and 11 from the Pirate 2.
John Koker's punt sailed to the 39, where Cameron Schmidt
fielded it. Schmidt
returned it to the Ventura 26, but fumbled as he was tackled.
But the Renegades recovered the loose ball at the Ventura 16.
From there, the Renegades
tried to power the ball into the end zone, but were finally stopped at
the Ventura 2. On came
Barthelmes to try his first kick of the night (Chris White had tried the
earlier XPAs and a 24-yd field goal).
As the kick headed towards the goalposts, Ventura's Brian
Gardner appeared to get a finger on the ball, but it managed to make it
through the uprights anyway for the win.
The game began well for
Ventura; on their first play from scrimmage, Beck hit Murray with a
51-yd pass. However,
moments later, Beck and RB Marcus Crawford missed connections on a
handoff, and Bakersfield's Joseph Spurlin recovered the loose ball.
It was the first of 4 turnovers for the Pirates while Bakersfield
ended the game without a turnover.
Bakersfield had an excellent
chance to score midway through the first quarter after an interception
by Michael Scott. He
returned the ball to the VC 4, but the next 3 plays on offense lost 3
yds and the Renegades were forced to try a 24-yd field goal. Chris White's kick
sailed wide to the left, however, and the game remained scoreless
through the end of the first quarter.
On the first play of the
second quarter, the Renegades took the lead on a 17-yd run by Josh
Lopes. Lopes would finish
the game with 132 yds on 30 carries to lead all rushers.
Ventura answered back less
than 5 minutes later on a 27-yd pass from Beck to Murray.
That came one play after a defensive stand followed by a short
punt gave the Pirates the ball deep in Renegade territory.
Bakersfield struck next when
Baker found Arrenaviz on a 31-yd scoring pass with 3:17 left in the
half. That came 2 plays
after Spurlin intercepted a Beck pass and returned it to the BC 49.
However, the extra point kick was blocked, keeping it 13-7.
And on the conversion, Bakersfield was called for an
unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, forcing them to kick off from the 20.
And the Pirates took
advantage. Taylor returned
the kick to the BC 44, and moments later Beck threw a 23-yd scoring pass
to Murray. Koker's kick
gave Ventura a 14-13 lead, which it held at halftime.
Bakersfield reclaimed the
lead midway through the 3rd quarter on a 40-yd pass from
Baker to LaRon Mitchel. Baker
and Mitchel also hooked up on the conversion, giving the Renegades a
Ventura answered back on
their next possession. Marcus
Crawford's 3rd big run of the drive – a 19-yarder –
allowed the Pirates to tie the game at 21.
Crawford had runs of 16 and 13 yds on this drive before the
scoring run. He ended the
night with 129 yds and 2 TDs on 24 carries.
The game remained tied well
into the 4th quarter until Crawford scored again, this time
from 2 yds out, to cap a long drive of over 5 minutes for Ventura.
Koker's kick made it 28-21 with 8:25 to play.
But Bakersfield responded on
their next possession. Baker teamed up with Arrenaviz again – this time from 56
yds out – to score what seemed to be the tying touchdown. However, on the conversion, White's kick went wide left.
But wait, there was a flag on the play:
roughing the kicker against Ventura.
That gave the Renegades another chance, this time from the 1-1/2
yard line. They decided to
go for the lead, and handed the ball to Lopes.
But the Pirates' Manny Frias made a strong tackle well short of
the goal line, preserving Ventura's 28-27 lead with 6:41 left.
Then came the kickoff, and
Ventura was pinned deep in its own territory, which set the stage for
Barthelmes' winning kick.
Bakersfield improves its record to 2-2 with the win, while Ventura falls to 2-2.
Saturday, October 5, 2002
- 7 p.m.
33-Crawford 24-129, 22-Fields 6-32, 7-Beck 7-16, 3-Parker 3-14,
11-Taylor 1-3, 30-Holmes 1-(-1), 14-Diaz 1-(-7), 10-Koker 1-(-13)
7-Beck 13-24-2-213, 2 TDs
15-Murray 4-139, 22-Fields 3-27, 81-Wadkowski 2-23, 33-Crawford
2-10, 11-Taylor 1-8, 80-Sesay 1-6
10-Koker 4-38.3 avg
1-Poole 1-18, 3-Parker 1-3
10-Koker 49 yds (short)
6-Gardner 1½, 51-Schneir, 9-Kirk ½
Bakersfield Edges Ventura, 30-28
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