Bakersfield Edges Ventura, 30-28

Back-up kicker Eric Barthelmes came on to kick a 19-yd field goal, and even though it was tipped at the line, it went through the uprights with 1:29 left to give Bakersfield a 30-28 win October 5th at Ventura.It was a game of power running and big plays.

Bakersfield's 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.

Bakersfield's defense 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 21-14 advangage.

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.
at Turner Field at Larrabee Stadium (VHS), Ventura, CA
A Western State Conference – Mountain Division Game

Bakersfield College (Renegades)  30
Ventura College (Pirates)  28

1st Quarter:
No Scoring

2nd Quarter:
B – Jo. Lopes 17 yd run (White kick) 14:55 -- 7-0
V – Murray 27 yd pass from Beck (Koker kick) 10:16 -- 7-7
B – Arrenaviz 31 yd pass from Baker (kick blocked) 3:17 -- 13-7
V – Murray 23 yd pass from Beck (Koker kick) 1:34 -- 13-14  

3rd Quarter:
B – Mitchel 40 yd pass from Baker (Mitchel pass from Baker) 7:02 -- 21-14
V – Crawford 19 yd run (Koker kick) 4:24 -- 21-21  

4th Quarter:
V – Crawford 2 yd run (Koker kick) 8:25 -- 21-28
B – Arrenaviz 56 yd pass from Baker (run failed) 6:41 -- 27-28
B – FG Barthelmes 19 yds 1:29 -- 30-28  

Team Statistics: Ventura Bakersfield
First Downs 19 (7 pass; 12 run) 18 (7 pass; 10 run; 1 pen)
Rushes – Yards 44-173 34-125
Passing Yards 213 193
Comp - Att – Int 13-24-2 7-23-0
Return Yards 104 150
Sacks – Yards 3-15 2-10
Fumbles – Lost 4-2 1-0
Penalties – Yards 9-86 7-57
Time of Possession 30:00 30:00

Individual Statistics:


V:  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)
B:  20-Josh Lopes 30-132, 48-Thomas 1-2, 5-Baker 10-(-9)


V:  7-Beck 13-24-2-213, 2 TDs
B:  5-Baker 7-23-0-193, 3 TDs


V:  15-Murray 4-139, 22-Fields 3-27, 81-Wadkowski 2-23, 33-Crawford 2-10, 11-Taylor 1-8, 80-Sesay 1-6
B:  7-Arrenaviz 2-87, 20-Jo.Lopes 2-28, 89-Mitchel 1-40, 40-Hronis 1-20, 85-Gamboni 1-18


V:  10-Koker 4-38.3 avg
B:  32-Tramaglino 4-33.8 avg; 85-Gamboni 3-33.3 avg

Kick Ret:
V: 11-Taylor 2-27, 4-Langford 1-28, 15-Murray 1-28
B:  7-Arrenaviz 2-31, 14-Schmidt 2-30

Punt Ret:

V:  1-Poole 1-18, 3-Parker 1-3
B:  14-Schmidt 1-13, 7-Arrenaviz 1-12

Int-Ret Yds:

V:  none
B: 30-Scott 1-40, 17-Spurlin 1-34

Fumble Rec:

V:  none
B:  17-Spurlin, 2-Miller

Missed FG:

V:  10-Koker 49 yds (short)
V:  26-White 24 yds (wide left)


V 3:  6-Gardner 1½, 51-Schneir, 9-Kirk ½
B 2: 97-O'Tool 2

Both teams are now 2-2. Ventura entered ranked #12 in South; Bakersfield entered ranked #21. Key sequence:  after Bak's 4th TD, they lined up as if to try an onsides kick but kicked it deep.  Taylor grabbed the bouncing ball at his 1 and his momentum took him into the end zone; he returned it to the 3.  After a 3 and out, Koker's punt was taken at the 39 by Schmidt, who returned it to the 26 before fumbling – but Bakersfield recovered at the 16.  That set up the winning FG by Barthelmes, which went through despite being tipped slightly by Gardner.  Bak had tried a kick (by White) after their 4th TD and it went wide, but a roughing the kicker penalty gave them another chance.  They went for 2 but Lopes was stopped by Manny Frias well short of the goal line.  Coker's ‘run' was when he stumbled handling a low snap.  But the Renegades couldn't move the ball and punted without gaining a first down.

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