In a season of hardship, it looked like things were finally going to swing the way of the Bakersfield College football team Saturday night.

But once again, misfortune hit late, as the Renegades saw a win literally slip through their fingers.

Long Beach quarterback Derrach West led two late touchdown drives and ran in the game-winner with 42 seconds left, and the 12th-ranked Vikings rallied from 10 points down to stun BC 23-20 in SCFA North play.

Despite another sluggish showing offensively, the Renegades looked to be in good position to pull the upset, when Paxton Winders got just enough of a 27-yard field goal, which sailed just over the cross bar despite being tipped, giving them a 20-10 lead with 10:24 to play.

Winders also had a 25-yard kick blocked in the third quarter. Earlier in the drive, he made a 38-yard kick, but BC elected to take the points off the board when Long Beach was called for roughing the kicker. They wouldn't get the score back.

Up to this point, the Vikings had gained just 23 yards in the second half. But West led an 11-play, 67-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard Mason Bowen touchdown run. West ran for 29 yards on the drive and ended it with five straight completions.

After a three-and-out, the Vikings took over near midfield, and the elusive quarterback took advantage of a gassed Renegade defense that struggled to contain him in the pocket.

On third-and-1, Holden Williams looked to have West dead to rights, only for the quarterback to put his hand on the ground, spin free and run for a three-yard gain.

"He's a slippery guy," Renegade coach Jeff Chudy said. "I don’t know how many times we looked like we had him down and he got out of harm’s way.”

West made a mistake on the following play, sailing a pass down the sideline, directly to defensive back Damaris Herron. But the ball went in-and-out of Herron's hands, giving the Vikings another chance.

They took advantage. Throwing short passes to get his team to the 5-yard line, West again got outside the pocket and found a crease to the goal line, diving in just in front of the left pylon with 42 seconds to play.

The Renegade offense, which had just four first downs in the second half, couldn't extend the game, turning the ball over on downs on four plays.

The Renegades gained more yards via penalties (162) than they did with their offense (139). They also went 3-of-16 on third down and were nearly nine minutes worse than Long Beach in time of possession.

Having won eight consecutive home games entering the year, BC is 0-4 at Memorial Stadium this year. At 2-5 overall, its last four losses have been by a combined 15 points. 

"I can’t quite remember a season where we’ve had these one-score games," Chudy said. "It just seems like, unfortunately, we’re not making the play when we need to make the play.”

Now at 0-2 in conference, the Renegades return to the road for two straight games, starting with a 6 p.m. kick at East LA next Saturday.

Long Beach 23, Bakersfield 20

LB 3 7 0 13 — 23

BC 0 14 3 3 — 20

First quarter

LB - Flores 27 field goal

Second quarter

BC - Wingle 1 run (Winders kick)

BC - Delouth 13 pass from Wingle (Winders kick)

LB - Leets 6 pass from West (Flores kick)

Third quarter

BC - Winders 45 field goal

Fourth quarter

BC - Winders 27 field goal

LB - Bowen 1 run (Kick failed)

LB - West 5 run (Flores kick)

Individual stats

RUSHING — LB: Galloway 13-53, Patton 9-27, West 14-23, Bowen 3-2, Bowens 1-1, Watson 1-1, Team 1-(negative)6. BC: Martin 19-35, Jones 5-9, Delouth 4-6, Wingle 2-(negative)8

PASSING — LB: West 27-44-219-0. BC: Wingle 12=27-97-0

RECEIVING — LB: Bowens 9-63, Woodard 6-54, Leets 5-48, Bowen 4-27, Gallowya 1-12, Patton 1-11, Duran 1-4. BC: Austin 2-45, Randle 2-14, Edwards 3-13, Melouth 1-13, Soto 1-3, Beaty 1-0, Jones 1-(negative)3.

RECORDS: LB 5-2, 2-0. BC 2-5, 0-2.

(5) comments

Nevermind

A three man front and nobody can tackle. How'd that work out? How about mixing some blitzes in? Time for a changing of the guard.

Moardeeb

I don't think the Administration at BC cares about the state of the football program. AGAIN! THE ONLY collegiate football program in a city of 400k! The size of Cleveland Ohio!

Christianson may not care but what's left of the fans do. When BC has a great football team the town is abuzz. Gone are those days. But it's not too late. BC has the most attendance of any JC in CA. If she is not into the football team, dont waste our money on the planned scoreboard upgrade, bathrooms and concessions renovations.

I'd rather have no football program than this mediocrity.

Nevermind

They don't deeb. They are so scared of the worthless CCCAA after 2012 they think Fieldturf is why fans show up. Happily Carlyle is retiring as head of the CCCAA and maybe new leadership will help. Like getting an NJCAA, CCCAA championship game back. All the CCCAA cares about is their 10,000 dollar Bowl game cut and a free lunch. It's why the potato Bowl vanished. BC cannot get back to prominence without some out of state players....period. ALL schools illegally recruit, we don't even try.

Moardeeb

Ok, enough. I just couldn't take sitting through another one of these losses, but I did listen on the radio.

Ahead 20-10 with 5 minutes left and AGAIN Chudy or Dean, who knows, there's no transparency, goes conservative-er. Punt and pray. That's what I call this offense.

You cant win that way anymore, teams will roll you if you give them the chance.

Teams dont fear BC like they used to. They just look at us as a sure W. In our house!

Time for some new blood, new ideas on the sideline.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

@Moardeeb You & I disagree on almost everything, but in this case, I concur with you 100%.

For such a storied program to fall into mediocrity like it has is a shame.

I know the student athletes are trying, but like you said, it's time for new blood and new ideas on the sideline- enough is enough...

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