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The Bakesfield High School Drillers are the CIF Division I State Champions with a 56-26 victory over Del Oro High School.

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Bakersfield High School Drillers celebrate their CIF Division I Championship over Del Oro 56-26.

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Bakersfield's Derrick Vickers takes off and gets the ball down to the 1 yard line in the first half, BHS would score on the next play, tying the game 14-14 with Del Oro.

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Led by a flying Johnathon Malone, the Driller defense throws Del Oro running back Dylan Kainrath for a first half loss. Bakersfild number 34 is Marcus Bruce.

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Bakersfield quarterback Asauni Rufus is lifted high in celebration by Derrick Vickers after Rufus scored on second quarter keeper to put the Drillers up 28-14 over Del Oro.

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Bakersfield's Derrick Vickers Is finally dragged down by Del Oro defensive back Therin Heryford following a long gain in the first half at the StubHub Center in Carson.

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BHS quarterback Asauni Rufus runs past several Del Oro players during the first half Friday night at the StubHub Center.

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BHS runningback Jeremiah Reddick dives across the goal line for a touchdown during the first half Friday night at the StubHub Center.

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BHS players get excited on the sideline during the first half Friday at the StubHub Center.

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BHS defender Derrick Vickers trys to bring down Del Oro's Dylan Kainrath during the first half Friday night at the StubHub Center.

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JBHS running back Jeremiah Reddick stretches into the end zone for the Drillers' first touchdown. The Drillers went on beat Del Oro 56-26 for the CIF Division I State Championship.

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Driller fans came in force to the StubHub Center in Carson to cheer the Drillers to a 56-26 win over Del Oro for the CIF Division I State Championship.

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BHS wide receiver Kevin Hayes waves the BHS flag following the Drillers' win over Del Oro 56-26 for the CIF Division I State Championship.

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Bakersfield defensive back Kevin Hayes intercepts a pass intended for Therin Heryford and reutrned it for a touchdown with 3:07 left to put the Drillers up 56-26.

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BHS runningback Lameshio Hill evades the pursuit of Del Oro defender Jonah Mekebri during the second half at the StubHub.

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Del Oro receiver Travis Newman catches a pass in the second half as BHS defender Bryson Briggs attempts to knock the pass away Friday at the StubHub.

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Del Oro runningback Therin Heryford sweeps around the end while BHS defender Coleman Olivas chases him Friday night at the StubHub.

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Several BHS defenders including Kevin Hayes (left) bring down Del Oro runningback Dylan Kainrath during the second half of Friday's championship game at the StubHub.

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BHS quarterback Asauni Rufus breaks away from Del Oro defenders for a gain in the second half at the StubHub.

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BHS quarterback Asauni Rufus has a nice gain in the second half Friday at the StubHub.

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BHS quarterback Asauni Rufus looks over the Del Oro defense before the snap Friday night at the StubHub.

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Danny Driller says it all after the Drillers' last touchdown Friday night at the StubHub.

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Danny Driller makes sure we know who's number one in the state after Friday night's win at the StubHub.

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BHS players thank their fans for their support Friday night at the StubHub.

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The BHSD Drillers gather after their state championship win Friday night at the StubHub.

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BHS principal David Reese, left, and head coach Paul Golla hold the the championship trophy following the Drillers' win over Del Oro 56-26 for the CIF Division I State Championship.

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The Drillers hold the state championship trophy after their win over Del Oro 56-26 for the CIF Division I State Championship.

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Del Oro lineman Brandon Johnson chases down Driller quarterback Asauni Rufus in the second half. The Drillers beat Del Oro 56-26 for the CIF Division I State Championship.

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Bakersfield quarterback Asauni Rufus runs through Del Oro linebacker Jonah Mekebri in the Drillers' win over Del Oro 56-26 for the CIF Division I State Championship.

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JBHS running back Jeremiah Reddick stretches into the end zone for the Drillers' first touchdown. The Drillers went on beat Del Oro 56-26 for the CIF Division I State Championship.

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Bakersfield's Kevin Hayes runs for a long gain against Del Oro.

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Bakerfield's Derrick Vickers breaks free for a long first half run.

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CIF Division I State Champions Bakersfield Drillers celebrate their 56-26 win over Loomis-Del Oro. From Left is Greyson Burt (53) Coleman Olivas(10) and Derrick Vickers (1).

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Bakersfield's Derrick Vickers knocks Del Oro receiver Travis Newman out-of-bounds for an incomplete pass in the second half.

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Drillers Bryson Briggs, (left) Amone Gragg, Keayr Gragg, and Ethan Carter celebrate the Drillers' state football championship.

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BHS head coach Paul Golla, center, goes to accept the CIF Division I State Championship trophy following the Drillers' 56-26 victory over Loomis-Del Oro. Bakersfield principal David Reese is at right.

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Another Bakersfield touchdown and another run waving the enormous BHS flag.

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Bakersfield quarterback and team leader Asauni Rufus (4) meets with teammates on the sideline during the CIF Division I State Championship game against Loomis-Del Oro. Bakersfield won the game 56-26.

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BHS students cheer on their Drillers.

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Approximately 5,000 Driller fans made the 2 hour trip to the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA to watch Bakersfield beat Loomis-Del Oro 56-26 in the CIF Division I State Championship game.

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Bakersfield star quarterback Asauni Rufus cuts back to the inside and past Del Oro defensive back Justin Burrage (9).

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Derrick Vickers came up with a big fourth quarter interception in Bakersfield's win over Del Oro in the CIF Division I State Championship game.

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Bakersfield nose guard Nigel Brooks wraps Del Oro's Dylan Morey in the first half of the CIF Division I State Championship.

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The Driller defense stops Del Oro running back Dylan Kainrath for a short gain in the first half of the CIF Division I State Championship.

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Derrick Vickers of BHS leaves the Del Oro special teams defense behind on a big first half kickoff return.

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Junior Bakersfield running back Lameshio Hill runs for yardage in the 56-26 CIF Division I State Championship win over Loomis-Del Oro.

CARSON — In the end, there was never a doubt this would be the team that returned state-championship rings to California Avenue.

Bakersfield High beat Loomis-Del Oro 56-26 for the CIF Division I State Bowl Championship on Friday night at the StubHub Center, capping a dominant postseason run that gave the Drillers their record seventh state championship.

“We’ve left our legacy, all of us,” senior quarterback Asauni Rufus said, and that goes for him especially after he burned Del Oro for 184 yards rushing, 71 yards passing and three total touchdowns. “We did all of our homework, and it paid off.”

It’s the first state title for BHS in the state bowl era, which began in 2006; after the Drillers won their sixth title in 1927, the state disbanded all state playoffs for the next 79 years. Now the new era of Bakersfield football, led by ninth-year coach Paul Golla, has made its mark, too.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Golla said. “Our administration has been incredible, and it goes all the way up to the district level. You don’t win championships by accident, and it starts at the top.”

Bakersfield (13-2) scored on its first four possessions, with Rufus leading the Drillers’ lightning option attack. Del Oro (13-3), the Northern California champion, tried to keep pace behind senior running back Dylan Kainrath, who ran for 115 of his 198 yards in the first half.

“Del Oro is a great team,” Rufus said. “They’re one of the greatest teams in the state, and they made us earn it. The scoreboard doesn’t show how hard this game was.”

But any time the Golden Eagles faltered, Bakersfield pounced, and the lead was 28-14 before a minute had gone by in the second quarter, at which point Rufus already had 100 yards rushing and a zig-zagging, demoralizing 21-yard touchdown run that was made for the highlight reel.

“We knew they had a lot of speed,” Del Oro coach Casey Taylor said. “Their quarterback is special. You can’t simulate that kind of speed in practice. He puts them in a great position. There’s no doubt he was the best player on the field tonight.”

Del Oro recovered from the early onslaught to trail just 28-17 at halftime, and the Golden Eagles again rallied within two possessions at 42-26 midway through the fourth quarter. But both times, Bakersfield responded by landing a one-two flurry.

In the third quarter, with the score still 28-17 and BHS apparently stopped, Kevin Hayes ran for 12 yards on a fake punt to convert a fourth-and-4. On the next play, Jeremiah Reddick went 47 yards for a touchdown. Four plays after that, Nate Stancil intercepted Del Oro quarterback Michael Moore and returned it to the 1-yard line to set up another touchdown. Boom, bang, 42-17.

When Del Oro threatened again in the fourth, Rufus went 64 yards to the 1 to set up Marcus Bruces’ 1-yard touchdown run, and on the next drive, Hayes tacked on an exclamation point with an 89-yard interception-return touchdown. Bang, boom, 56-26.

“We’re a tough-minded team,” Rufus said. “We’ve reacted great all year to adversity, and we did it again tonight. That just shows the character we have on this team.”

By the time Hayes had finished off his pick-six — one of four Bakersfield interceptions — the Drillers were dancing on the sideline and Golla was soon to be drenched with a shower from the Gatorade bucket. Bakersfield High was a state champion.

“Ooh, say that again,” Golla said. “… It’s surreal. We’re just really blessed. I don’t know if there are words to describe it. We’ll enjoy this one for a while.”

A few minutes later, Golla held the state-championship trophy up to his players. The big Drillers crowd — the two-game attendance was 5,923 — gave one last full-throated cheer. And the tradition of Bakersfield High football roared on.

“It’s an indescribable feeling,” Hayes said. “I’m so glad to be a part of this. There’s been so many great players before us. It’s great to be a part of that legacy.”