BC football loses its first conference game in heartbreaking fashion

Kyle Cortez, Managing Editor

The BC football team (4-2 overall, 0-1 National North Conference) had a bye before they started conference play against Moorpark College (3-3, 1-0) on Oct. 15.

Moorpark ended up beating the Renegades 30-27 in overtime. BC started the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run from La Meshio Hill after Moorpark fumbled a punt, but the PAT was blocked so BC only went up 6-0.

Dalton Gallis would then throw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jakell Tomlin to cap off an 8-play, 70-yard drive to put the Renegades up 13-0. Moorpark returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to cut the BC lead to 13-7. BC led Moorpark 13-7 at halftime and BC had 199 total yards at the half compared to Moorpark’s 53.

Derrick Vickers caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Gallis on BC’s second drive of the third quarter to push their lead to 20-7 with 9:30 left in the third quarter. Moorpark’s Isaiah Johnson would score with just under six minutes remaining in the third quarter on a 41-yard run to make it 20-14. Vickers would return the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and that would push the Renegades lead to 27-14 and that is what the score would be going into the fourth quarter.

Moorpark scored early in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard run from their quarterback Kado Brown, but they would miss the PAT. Moorpark started their game-tying drive on their own 9-yard line with 1:56 left in the game. Brown completed a 53-yard pass to Kade Schmitz all the way to BC’s 38-yard line. Moorpark ended up scoring a touchdown with 16 seconds left on a 1-yard touchdown run by Brown to tie the game 27-27.

BC won the overtime coin toss and chose to defend first. The Renegades held Moorpark to a field goal, but that would end up being the game-winner. Gallis would throw an interception on their overtime drive to end the game.

BC was held to 2 rushing yards, 6 passing yards, and zero first downs in the fourth quarter and overtime. Vickers finished the game with 67 rushing yards, 99 receiving yards, and a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Gallis went 16-for-30 for 164 yards, two touchdowns and the game-ending interception in overtime. Gallis was under pressure the entire game being sacked five times.

“I think we’ve played good until the fourth quarter, which has been an issue the whole season. We let teams back in the game in the fourth quarter,” said linebacker Justin Nieto. “I think we’ve played pretty good this season, but we still have some things we need to improve on.”

“I think overall we started fast, but lacked the ability to finish. We could’ve done better in all three phases of the game: offense, defense, and special teams,” said linebacker Mason Saba. “I think we’ve played well enough to get wins, but our best is yet to come for sure.”

BC will host Cerritos College on Oct. 22