We are the Champions

Leanne Cave

→ Despite the Renegades’ victory over Antelope Valley, the real winners of the Potato Bowl are the kids. SPORTS

The expression on Aubrey Dorisme’s face said it all.

The Bakersfield College outside linebacker, who sacked Antelope Valley’s quarterback, Cory Allred, twice, looked quite content after the Renegades defeated the Marauders 21-8 in the 50th Shrine Potato Bowl Saturday.

“The victory feels good,” Dorisme said. “The quarterback for the Marauders said they were going to score 50 points on us, and we weren’t going to let that happen. The sophomores on the team are unbeaten in back-to-back Potato Bowls.”

And the second rated defense in the state didn’t. The Marauders were held to 42 points short of the pregame prediction.

The game was a defensive battle, filled with mistakes, as well as penalties, producing only seven points in the first half. Both teams had their chances to score, but squandered away opportunities while inside the 20-yard line.

The Marauders had a chance to go up 3-0, but missed a 26-yard field goal.

The ‘Gades put the first points on the board in the second quarter, when quarterback Dennis DuBois, later named Most Valuable Offensive Player, threw a 35-yard touchdown strike to Sammy Moore.

On the next series of downs, it seemed as though the highly touted Marauders’ offense was going to march down the field and score. But outstanding defense by the ‘Gades, as well as a penalty, nullified any hopes of Antelope Valley scoring.

The second half was more of the same. After the Marauders’ defense came up with an interception that stopped a BC drive, BC defensive back Chris Browner returned the favor. He picked off a pass by Marauder quarterback Cory Allred and took it to the Marauder 28-yard line. The freshman cornerback wreaked havoc on the AV offense all day long as he recorded an interception, two fumble recoveries and six unassisted tackles to earn Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Game.

“We knew they were going to pass,” Browner said. “We came up with the plays when we had to.”

After BC scored again in the third quarter, the game seemed routine until BC wide receiver Sammy Moore, who earned Most Valuable Player of the game, stole the show in the fourth quarter. Not only did he catch his second touchdown pass of the game, which made the score 21-0 BC, but excited the 4,354 in attendance, on an elusive punt return that set up the score. Moore caught the ball on the run and ran for daylight.

“I thought, ‘Catch the ball, and run Sammy, run,’ ” he said after the game.

The Marauders finally showed some offensive firepower as they drove the field and scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jason Anderson with 1:06 on the clock. The two-point conversion attempt was good. The Marauders recovered the onside kick, but it was to no avail as BC recovered and time ran out.

Nick Holloway, wide reciever for Antelope Valley, put the loss in perspective.

“Our offense didn’t come up with the plays in the first half. We made a lot of mistakes. It was a great ball game. I liked the atmosphere. The game has a great cause, it helps the Shriners Hospitals. We were excited to make it to the game.”

For head coach Dallas Grider, the win meant the ‘Gades didn’t give up, even after losing their chance earlier in the season, to play for the state playoffs.

“They’ve got a lot of pride,” he said. “We got this done and it is a good way to end the season.”