Head coach: Darren Carr
Fourth season at Bakersfield Christian (29-8)
Last season: 10-2 overall, 6-0 SSL
Playoffs: Lost in Central Section D-III semifinals
History: League titles (5); Section titles (4)
Assistant coaches: David Carr, offensive coordinator; Rodger Carr, quarterbacks; Blain Wingle, offensive line; Mike Carr, offensive line; Alex Wallace, defensive backs; Derick Martin, defensive backs; Bryson Sumlin, running backs/special teams; Gus Theodore, safeties; Demarcus Clear, wide receivers; Daryl Miller, wide receivers/specialist; Eric Mahanke, strength and conditioning; Will Mahan, kickers/punters; Tom McCormack, equipment; Eddie Drake, video.

2018 schedule

Aug. 17 - at Garces
Aug. 24 - vs. Visalia-Central Valley Christian
Aug. 31 - at Las Vegas-Faith Lutheran
Sept. 7 - vs. Santa Maria-St. Joseph
Sept. 14 - vs. Westlake Village-Oaks Christian
Sept. 21- BYE
Sept. 28 - vs. West*
Oct. 5 - at Tehachapi*
Oct. 12 - vs. Ridgeview*
Oct. 19 - at Independence*
Oct. 26 - at Golden Valley*
*SYL game

Top player

Keonte Glinton, Sr., WR/RB/CB — He does a little bit of everything for the Eagles, including as primary locker room leader. Last year Glinton ran for 221 yards, made six receptions for 46 yards, and recorded an interception and two passes defensed.

Key players

Alex Wallace, Sr.,WR/CB — A quick and shifty slot receiver who has a nose for the ball on defense. Also a threat in the return game.

Myran Randle, Sr., WR/S — Finished last year with 25 receptions for 327 yards and six touchdowns. He’ll make a bigger impact in the defensive backfield in 2018.

Ben Yurosek, Jr., TE/DE — Standing at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Yurosek is a true difference maker both on the defensive line and as a multi-faceted player on offense.

Defining feature

They’re certainly one of the more consistent programs in Bakersfield, with a 59-19 overall record the past six years and a 28-2 mark in league play during that time.

The Eagles have four section championships on their resume and played for a CIF Division IV-AA state championship in 2016. Yes, the coaching staff has this group prepared and they’re used to winning.

Also, the offensive coordinator, David Carr, has pro pedigree — the former No. 1 pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, he played 11 seasons in the NFL and won a Super Bowl championship as backup quarterback with the New York Giants in 2012.

While the Eagles step up in competition this year, moving to the South Yosemite League, they are well coached. They will be pushed and could have a few more losses dot the schedule, but don’t expect the team to fall off the map.

“We haven’t really had a dip in our practices yet,” head coach Darren Carr said. “We really haven’t had a lull….For the most part, these guys really love playing football.”

What has changed?

Aside from switching leagues, the Eagles also lost record-setting quarterback Braden Wingle. That's big for a program that's long been a quarterback factory — aside from Wingle, recent years have seen Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr suited up the Eagles, along with last year's starter at Bakersfield College Brandon Jones. Now BCHS will turn to either Bakersfield High transfer Jacob Maran or Dos Palos transfer Dominic Gamboni to get the job done under center.

Head coach Derek Carr said if Maran gets the nod, the offense could look slightly different than in year's past because of the senior's ability to get out of the pocket and run the football.

“They’re both leaders on our football team. They help each other out. I always like quarterback competitions,” Carr said. “Both guys are working their tails off. Great kids. They fit the mold that Braden and Brandon and Derek kind of had at BCHS. Just the character. First ones there, last ones to leave. That extra stuff.”

The Eagles are also moving into the South Yosemite League, after flat-out dominating the South Sequoia League with a 28-2 record over the past six seasons. The SYL will be a step up in competition, with the likes of Ridgeview, Independence, West, Tehachapi and Golden Valley now dotting the schedule. That opposition will provide different coaching styles, perhaps a higher level of consistency, and just better overall depth to deal with on the other side of the field.

Teddy Feinberg can be reached at 661-395-7324. Follow him on Twitter: @TeddyFeinberg.

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