Renegade football team suffers loss at season opener


Haley Duval

Fano Maui (9) and Cameron Williams (42) celebrates Maui’s touchdown during the Renegades season opener against Mt. SAC at Bakersfield College Memorial Stadium, Sep. 7.

Luis Rojas, Reporter

The Renegade Football team opened their 2019 season against Mt. San Antonio on Sept. 6 at the Bakersfield College Memorial Stadium, losing to Mt. San Antonio 34-7.

With new artificial turf, the Renegades wanted to start the season on the right foot and get a victory for their crowd.

The Mounties took the lead at the end of the first quarter in an 86-yard drive that ended in a touchdown by running back Rachaad White.  In the second quarter Mt. San Antonio got two more touchdowns to make things more comfortable for the visiting fans.

Defensive back Fano Maui caught one out of two interceptions and made a 28-yard return to put the Gades back into the game with 20-7, before half time. BC’s quarterback Braden Wingle finished 11 of 22 and 115 yards in his first start and left the game injured in the second half.

The third quarter started with the Gades trying to move the ball, but they seem ineffective and couldn’t execute. In the same quarter, Rachaad White added another 44-yard touchdown to reach a game-high of 144 yards on the ground.

Then, making his debut for the Mounties, quarterback Zach Rangel ended 15 for 21 and 184 yards.

Coach Jeff Chudy looked unhappy but was confident they can make some changes.

“Defensively we gave up too many big plays. Offensively we were anemic,” Chudy said. “Looking at every phase of the game we didn’t execute. We [have] to get better.”

He believes and trusts that his players can do better and explains that there are always improvements from week one to week two.

“We are better than that, there’s no doubt in my mind [that] we’re better than that offensively. But we’ve got to practice better, we’ve got to play better.”
The Renegades will travel to El Camino next Saturday to take on the Warriors on Sept. 14.