BC football hopes to rebound after 45-7 loss

Kyle Cortez, Managing Editor

BC’s football team is 2-1 on the season after beating Chaffey College 45-35 and losing to the top-ranked team in the state, Riverside City College 45-7.

The Renegades lost to the Riverside Tigers 45-7 on Sept. 17. The score was 0-0 after the first quarter, but the Tigers got the scoring started in the second with a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Collyn Anderson, which capped off a seven-play, 74-yard drive. Riverside scored again three minutes later on a four-play, 43-yard drive with a 23-yard TD pass from Anderson to Jacoby Herring. John Hilfer kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired in the first half and the Tigers took a 17-0 lead at halftime.

Riverside dominated the first half and BC was lucky that the score was still relatively close. Riverside had an 11-3 edge in first downs and had 282 yards of offense compared to BC’s 47.

The Tigers scored on a seven-play, 83-yard drive in the third quarter, which finished with a 47-yard TD pass from Anderson to Erik Brown and put Riverside up 24-0. Riverside scored exactly 26 seconds later on a 28-yard pass from Anderson to Dominique Maiden after BC had thrown an interception. Riverside went up 38-0 when Seth Acda ran for a 19-yard touchdown, which capped off a 10-play, 80-yard drive.

BC finally got on the board with a 23-yard TD run by Derrick Vickers toward the end of the third quarter. That was Vickers’ sixth touchdown on the season and he has at least one touchdown in each of BC’s first three games of the season.

“I feel like they had great pursuit to the ball. but other than that, they didn’t do anything special on defense. We didn’t take advantage of what was open. Offensively we just didn’t execute and it showed because we couldn’t get on the board. We had a bad week at practice and it showed in the game. We just have to take advantage of what we see as players and coaches,” said Vickers.

Riverside would add on one more touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard TD run by Tyree Range to push the score to 45-7.

Riverside finished with 590 yards of total offense. They rushed for 352 yards and threw for 238 yards. Anderson went 11-for-19 passing for 229 yards and 3 TDs. Seth Acda ran for 175 yards on 23 rushing attempts and he also rushed for a touchdown. Darius Hunter led the Tigers in receiving with three receptions for 80 yards.

BC starting QB Dalton Gallis only completed six passes on 14 attempts for 27 yards and one interception. Gallis only played the first half, and Cesar De Leon replaced him in the second half. De Leon, a freshman, went 12-for-18 passing for 116 yards and one interception.

“No, Gallis wasn’t hurt, we just wanted to get Cesar some reps. Cesar managed the huddle and he did a really nice job. He could’ve made better choices at times, but he threw some nice balls and he handled the pressure really well. For getting his first call of experience against a quality team like Riverside, I thought he did a nice job,” said head coach Jeff Chudy.

Riverside completely shut down the Renegades rushing attack, only allowing 72 yards on 31 attempts.

“They are very talented and they were filling all the gaps. They made it very difficult, their front guys are very active and then their linebackers are very physical and aggressive. They are just very talented,” said Chudy. “We have room for improvement. We’re a work in progress and we didn’t put our best foot forward against Riverside, who’s a quality opponent. We’re getting better, every week you should see an improvement. That’s the benefit of having five non-conference games up front.

“We had guys who went out and competed and competed extremely well. That’s what you’re hoping for when you go up against a quality opponent, but we have to get better and we understand that. We did some things in the second half, like covering kickoffs better and we had better kick returns in the second half than the first half. Guys weren’t as tentative and sitting on their heels as much. I think we recognized where we’re at and where we want to go.”

Looking forward to their next game, Vickers said, “We just need to come out with a purpose. Come out with the want and fight for the men around them. I just want everyone to worry about themselves and do what they are supposed to do and execute. Have the heart and leave it on the field and that starts with having a great week of practice.”

Chudy said that his team needs to play better across the board and they need to find more consistency on offense for their upcoming game against LA Harbor College.

BC’s offense led the Renegades to a 45-35 win against Chaffey on Sept. 10. BC started the scoring with a 15-yard TD pass from Gallis to Jasmit Thind, but the extra point was blocked so BC went up 6-0.

Chaffey answered right back with a 37-yard TD pass from Richard Rice to Daniel Garcia. Chaffey led 7-6 after the first quarter. Chaffey scored early in the second quarter on a 1-yard TD run by Justin King to go up 14-6.

La Meshio Hill rushed for a 9-yard TD and BC converted the two-point conversion to tie the game. BC would score one more touchdown before halftime and Chaffey would kick two field goals. BC led 21-20 going into halftime.

The only scoring in the third quarter was a 32-yard field goal from BC kicker Jacob Young. Vickers rushed for three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, which went for two yards, seven yards, and 26 yards. BC’s defense was holding Chaffey scoreless for most of the second half before allowing them to score two touchdowns in the last eight minutes.

BC’s offense exploded for 536 yards of total offense. BC kept a balanced attack by passing for 253 yards and rushing for 283 yards.

Vickers led the offensive explosion by rushing for 181 yards and three touchdowns. Vickers also tied for the most targets on the team and had 56 yards receiving.

Gallis went 20-for-28 passing for 253 yards and 2 TDs. Hill also rushed for 100 yards and scored a touchdown. Jakell Tomlin led the Renegades in receiving with six receptions for 120 yards.

BC will host LA Harbor College on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.