The Bakersfield College offensive and defensive lines got worked over by the Mounties on Saturday night, and the result was a 34-14 non-conference loss at Mount SAC to the perennial powerhouse down south.
The game started on a positive note for BC (1-1), as before the game was even two minutes old, Renegades cornerback Mercy Maston stepped in front of intended receiver Jamal Overton, and picked off a Nick Montana pass, returned it 79 yards for a touchdown, and just like that, it was a 7-0 lead for BC.
As if that wasn’t enough of an eye-opener for the Mount SAC (2-0) home crowd, Alfonso Jackson intercepted another Montana pass to end the Mounties’ next drive. After that pick-off, the Gades drove to the Mount SAC 2-yard line for a first-and-goal. But the Mounties put a quick end to that threat, as they stopped BC on four straight running plays, and took over on downs at the half-yard line.
BC head coach Jeff Chudy was not pleased with that turn of events, “We had two picks in the first two series and we can’t knock it in from the half-yard line?”, It’s disappointing. We had a ton of momentum and football is a game of momentum. I’m extremely disappointed we didn’t seize the moment and jump on them when we had a chance to jump on them. So we have a lot of coaching to do. We’ve got to get better.”
But the inability to capitalize on their early scoring chance was only the beginning of the BC woes on the night. After taking over at the half-yard line, the Mounties drove 99 yards for a touchdown, and the game turned for the worse, as the Renegades could not keep up with Mount SAC the rest of the way. Throughout the remainder of the contest, missed tackles played a major factor in the Gades demise.
But one thing BC did an excellent job of was taking the passing game away from the Mounties. The previous game, Mt. SAC defeated Saddleback 51-48, and Montana threw for 330 yards. His father, Hall of Famer Joe Montana, was in the stands watching his son throw for only 95 yards against the Renegades on 13-of-21 passing.
Mount SAC resorted to a dominant ground game however, and it was made even more effective by poor tackling from the BC defense. The Mounties ended up with 340 yards on the ground, and averaged 6.4 yards per attempt.
Overton led the way with 95 yards on 16 carries, with two TD’s. And 265-pound running back John Scanlan added 76 yards on 11 carries, as he dragged tacklers several yards before going down on what seemed like every carry.
On the BC side, they were limited to 64 net rushing yards, and Jalen Sykes had 57 of those yards on one carry. In the third quarter, his 57 yard spurt set up the only other BC touchdown, a four-yard pass reception by Mike Dunn from quarterback Brian Burrell.
Burrell was 16-of-31 for 177 yards but was sacked five times. He faced a heavy pass rush throughout the game, and was forced to throw the ball away several times.
BC plays host to perennial SoCal power Fullerton on Saturday in Bakersfield.