A few of Shane Jones’ teammates jogged toward him in the end zone, but some others headed directly to the sideline. There were no chest bumps or excited celebrations — just a handful of low fives and brief hugs for the Bakersfield College running back.
It was Jones’ second score and BC’s fourth of the game. The first quarter had not even ended yet.
“We had to act like we’ve been there before,” Jones said. “That’s it.”
The game was never competitive at all.
State-ranked No. 14 Bakersfield College (2-1) decimated visiting Santa Monica (0-3), 56-0, at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Renegades scored touchdowns on each of their first six possessions of the game and led 42-0 at halftime.
It was the first time BC scored 56 points since a 56-27 win over Allan Hancock in 2012 and the Renegades’ biggest margin of victory since a 63-7 win over Antelope Valley in 2010. It was the sixth shutout for head coach Jeff Chudy’s squad since he took over in 2004.
Officials started a partial running clock in the second quarter. The second half consisted of two 10-minute quarters (instead of the usual 15-minute quarters).
“It was the right thing to do,” Chudy said. “We don’t want to get anybody hurt.”
BC’s offense had struggled in its first two games of the season, averaging 22 points and 247 yards — 44th and 56th in the state, respectively. Its players and coaches were expecting a breakout game. They got that, and then some.
The Renegades had 160 yards of offense in the first quarter and 284 yards in the first half. The only thing holding the BC attack back was that four of its first five drives started in Santa Monica territory.
Elisha Ortiz ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 12 rushes. Jones had 77 yards and three touchdowns on six runs. BC had 352 yards on the ground in the game.
One of the most substantial developments looking forward was that Jones played quarterback in a Wildcat formation for BC on two converted fourth down attempts. Both first quarter conversions led to Ortiz’s touchdown runs.
“We feel like we gotta keep (Jones) on the field,” Chudy said. “We gotta get him touches. That’s a good changeup for us for sure.”
BC freshman running back Isaiah Martin, who missed the first two games recovering from an injured foot, made his season debut. Martin carried the ball eight times for 91 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Martin constantly barrelled over defenders, but is still working his way back into shape, Chudy said.
If there was any area that BC struggled, it was the passing attack. Renegades starting quarterback Josh Medina was just 2-for-5 for 16 yards. But receiver Cameron Roberson dropped a potential 30-yard touchdown pass in the end zone.
Even when Santa Monica looked like it might get its first points of the game on a field goal attempt with about three minutes left in the third quarter, it actually resulted in a Bakersfield touchdown. Defensive lineman Roberto Enriquez blocked the kick with his hand. Defensive back Stephen Figures picked it up and ran 81 yards for the score.
“We were fortunate enough to play a lot of players,” Chudy said. “... I was happy for a lot of guys that work really hard.”
In the first quarter, Santa Monica wide receiver Dajone Averett was injured on a kickoff return when a BC defender appeared to jump on his back to tackle him from behind. Averett was moved onto a stretcher and taken off in an ambulance about 15 minutes after going down. He was taken to the hospital to receive X-Rays of his neck, but did have movement in his arms and legs, BC athletic director Sandi Taylor said at halftime.
Averett received an MRI and “it appears he’ll be OK,” Taylor said after the game.
“Initially it sounds OK,” Chudy said. “He’s got some feeling in all of his extremities and all that kind of stuff. We’re concerned about that for sure. … It’s probably where our priorities should be, thinking about him.”
No. 14 Bakersfield College 56, Santa Monica 0
At Memorial Stadium
BC - 28 14 7 7 - 56
SM - 0 0 0 0 - 0
BC - Jones 25 run (De Jager kick)
BC - Ortiz 6 run (De Jager kick)
BC - Ortiz 1 run (De Jager kick)
BC - Jones 1 run (De Jager kick)
BC - Jones 13 run (De Jager kick)
BC - Martin 5 run (De Jager kick)
BC - Figures 81 blocked field goal return (De Jager kick)
BC - Barbosa 5 run (De Jager kick)
RUSHING - Santa Monica: Hirota 17-82, Arrington 7-9, Washington 3-3, Veal 1-(-2), Davis 4-(-3). Bakersfield: Ortiz 12-104, Martin 8-91, Jones 6-77, Furlow 2-31, Taylor 6-25, Barbosa 6-15, Maran 1-12, Medina 1-9, Roberson 1-5, TEAM 4-(-7), Middleton 1-(-10).
PASSING - Santa Monica: Davis 9-18-0-72, Plascencia 0-1-0-0, Takeda 0-1-0-0. Bakersfield: Medina 2-5-0-16.
RECEIVING - Santa Monica: Aragon 2-19, Warren 2-12, Nofoa 2-9, Jones 1-16, Washington 1-8, Veal 1-8. Bakersfield: Jones 1-13, Cooper 1-3.
W-L: Bakersfield College (2-1), Santa Monica (0-3).