Renegades win 28-0, lose Burrell to injury
Just five days after losing 31-17 to the Saddleback College Gauchos, Bakersfield College defeated Antelope Valley College 28-0 Sept. 17.
The team is now 2-1, and will have a new starting quarterback moving forward.
When Antelope Valley’s Edwin Delva sacked quarterback Brian Burrell of BC with just under 14 minutes left in the second quarter, Burrell broke his collarbone.
Burrell is expected to miss the next six weeks according to head coach Jeff Chudy.
After Burrell went down, Brian Duboski then got his chance to step up in a tie game and lead his team to a victory.
Duboski instantly picked the offense up and drove them to a touchdown. The 1-yard pass to running back Mustaafa Cobb came with 9:11 remaining in the second quarter, and put the Renegades on top 7-0.
“[Duboski] did exactly what was asked of him,” said Chudy. “He made really good decisions and protected the ball.
“It was good to see him play within the system and make the right reads, and not try and do anything more than was asked of him.”
Chudy said that he expects the team to rally around their new leader, and hopes that his team will learn from Duboski.
“We’ve got to get the rest of the team to play at that same level in terms of mental toughness and knowing their role and doing their job,” Chudy said.
After Duboski led the offense down for the score, Chudy’s defense took over the game.
For the rest of the first half, Antelope Valley only had two plays inside BC territory, and that dominance continued into the third quarter.
BC’s defense kicked off the second half forcing three turnovers on Antelope Valley’s first three possessions.
BC capitalized, scoring 14 points, including defensive back Tyler Dogins’ 23-yard interception return that pushed BC’s lead to 21-0.
“Dogins’ interception gave us a little bit of breathing room and put the score up where we were up by 21 points,” Chudy said. “It ended up being a really big back breaker for them.”
At the start of the fourth quarter, the story was the same for the Marauders. The team finally looked like they had some life when they marched into BC territory with just over 13 minutes remaining in the game, when running back Kenny Steward coughed up the ball at BC’s 28-yard line.
The fumble was BC’s fourth turnover of the game, and the last they needed. BC took control and marched down the field on a 19-play 80-yard drive. They capped off it with a 2-yard touchdown by Jalen Sykes that pushed their lead to 28-0 with 4:31 remaining in the game.
Antelope Valley would fail to score on their final possession, despite pushing BC’s defense back to its own 13-yard line.
According to head coach Jeff Chudy, the team missed about one-third of the practice reps that they would normally get due to the short week.
“Our guys adapted and adjusted extremely well,” Chudy said. “I was really excited with how those guys handled that situation.”
BC will face Citrus College this Saturday at Memorial Stadium, who touts one of the most productive offensive players in sophomore quarterback Blake Loncar. Loncar, in just two games so far this season, has passed for over 700 yards and seven touchdowns.
“We’ve certainly got to contain the quarterback and hopefully we can get him in some down-and-distance situations where we can take advantage,” said Chudy.Last year, BC defeated Citrus 54-6.
A week after facing Citrus, BC will head to Walnut, CA to face two-time defending state champion Mount San Antonio College on Oct. 1.
-For complete statistics and conference standings see the print edition of the Renegade Rip.