RANCHO CUCAMONGA — There wasn’t really a moment when it seemed like this season’s version of the Bakersfield College football team may be something special — there was plenty.
The Renegades beat Chaffey College 46-13 at Grigby Field on Saturday at Chaffey.
“We still have something to get better on,” Chudy said. “We are a work in progress. We have a lot of speed and trying to utilize that speed and take advantage of matchups. We create some problems with what we can do on both side of the ball.”
In terms of playing a complete football game, BC did just that in three phases of the game.
Offensively, the Renegades were a balanced offense as Brandon Jones was 9-17 passing for 103 yards in the first half, with 45 of those yards coming on a flea-flicker to Elisha Ortiz.
Jones took the snap and handed off to Cameron Roberson, who pitched the ball back to Jones and found Ortiz sprinting down the sideline without a Chaffey (1-1) defender within 10 yards.
“I knew it was going to be open because I knew the other team wasn’t expecting it at all,” Ortiz said. “When they called it, I knew it was time to catch it and make the touchdown.”
Ortiz led BC with five catches for 62 yards and added six carries for 36 yards and two scores on the ground.
“Mismatches is really what we are trying to do,” Chudy said. “We are afforded that luxury to do that because we have good competition at a lot of spots.”
Defensively, the Renegades (2-0) held the Panthers to just one touchdown in the first 55 minutes of the game.
Frontier graduate Sale Atuatasi led BC with seven tackles and recorded a sack. The Renegades had five tackles for loss and held the Panthers to just 207 total offensive yards while continuing an impressive showing now with consecutive stellar team defensive performances.
Criston Brown and Louis Early both had three pass breakups
“It limitless when we are putting hats on people and people are lining up in the correct spots,” Chudy said. “We’ve got to execute better. But I think going into the season we thought we had a lot of depth on both sides of the ball at the skill position areas.”
However, the Renegades’ finest plays may have come on special team as Early recovered two fumbles on bad punt returns by Chaffey, both leading to BC touchdowns.
“We very opportunistic on the fumbled punts and the blocked punt is obviously a huge momentum builder at the beginning of the game,” Chudy said.
Freshman Carson Olivas averaged 52.8 yards per punt, including one that landed on the 1-yard line.
BC hosts No. 4 state-ranked Riverside on Saturday in a showcase that will likely be of two top 10 teams in the state as BC likely will move up from the current No. 12 standing.
“We are better than we’ve been and I expect our guys to come out and play,” Chudy said. “I expect our guys to give it their best shot.”
Freshman Cameron Roberson scored on 4-yard touchdown run and La Misho Hill (35 rush yards) and Malik Bakley (41 rush yards) both scored rushing touchdowns for BC.
Playing through tragedy
The Bakersfield College coaching staff told the players earlier in the day that redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jonathan Garcia was killed by an oncoming car in southeast Bakersfield.
“You never think it’s going to happen to you,” BC head coach Jeff Chudy said. “It’s a completely tragic and horrible situation where you have someone so young who was a good guy with us. He was a good teammate.”
Garcia was coming home from watching his former team, South High, after the Rebels beat Arvin on the road when he was killed.
BC sophomore linebacker Demond Rasmeur said the team played with emotion on Saturday for Garcia.
“We knew we had to play our hearts out for him,” Ramseur said. “As soon as got off the bus, we played with a purpose and we flew around and we did it for him.”
Garcia was known as a mentor for players at South and at BC, his teammates saw the potential in the 17-year old.
“He came to practice everyday and worked,” Ramseur said. “We are going to miss that guy, we really are.”