BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - El Camino College rallied late but couldn't overcome a costly second quarter in a 20-15 loss to Bakersfield on Saturday night.
The Warriors (0-2) struck first against the No.16 ranked Bakersfield Renegades (1-1) but 20 unanswered points to end the first half was too much for El Camino.
El Camino College took the lead in the first quarter after a 61 yard drive that took 13 plays. Aaron Thomas found Kishawn Berry for a 14-yard pass in the right side of the endzone to put the Warriors up 6-0. Chris Valle missed the point after kick.
The Warriors had a nightmare second quarter that allowed Bakersfield to score 20 points. The Renegades scored right away with their first drive of the second quarter for a 73-yard drive. Elisha Ortiz ran for a 12 yard touchdown and the Renegades made the PAT to go ahead 7-6.
After a 55-yard punt by Quinn Perry, the Bakersfield retuner returned it to the El Camino 45-yard line. However, a personal foul penalty allowed the Renegades to start at the El Camino 30-yard line. After tackling Cam Roberson for a loss of yards, El Camino committed another personal foul to put the Renegades on the 19-yard line. Three plays later, Josh Medina found Elisha Ortiz again for a 15-yard score. The Warriors blocked the PAT attempt to hold the Bakersfield lead to 13-6.
On the next El Camino drive, Thomas had a pass intercepted for a pick-six to increase the Bakersfield lead to 20-6 heading into halftime.
The Warriors scored on their first drive to start the third quarter. A 9-play, 70 yard drive culminated in a Chris Valle field goal to cut the Bakersfield lead to 20-9.
The Warrior defense would go on to hold the Bakersfield scoreless for the rest of the game.
El Camino forced a fumble to start the 4th quarter by Justin Martz and Vandrew Epenesa recovered the ball to put the Warriors at the Bakersfield 37-yard line. However, Chris Valle 34-yard field goal attempt was tipped by the Bakersfield defense and fell well short of the posts.
With 7:07 left in the game, the Warriors defense was able to force another Bakersfield fumble. Angelo Pacheco recovered the ball at the Bakersfield 1-yard line. Grant Ferrauilo was able to run the ball in for a touchdown on the ensuing possession. After a failed, 2-point conversion, El Camino trailed by 5 points, 20-15.
The Warriors would get the ball back with 1:43 left in the game, but the comeback attempt fell short after a sack and three incomplete passes.
El Camino outgained Bakersfield in total yards with 237 to 218 yards. The Warriors had 11 penalties for 96 yards and Bakersfield had 9 penalties for 85 yards.
Justin Martz led the defense with seven tackles and one forced fumble.
The Warriors return home to Murdock Stadium on Saturday, September 15th for a game against LA Harbor. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 PM.