BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
A .500 season is the main goal left for Bakersfield College football.
The Renegades will conclude their troubled season today with a 4 p.m. game at Pasadena.
BC (4-5) at Pasadena (1-8)
When: 4 p.m.
Where: Pasadena City College
Series: BC leads 16-12-1
Last meeting: BC 38, Pasadena 17, Nov. 10, 2012
Rankings: BC 17th in Southern California; Pasadena unranked
Radio: KERN 1180 AM (pre-game 3:30 p.m.)
BC, the state champion a year ago, is 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the National Northern Conference. The Renegades' hopes for a bowl berth ended two weeks ago with a 42-24 loss to Cerritos. Only teams above .500 are eligible for postseason games.
Pasadena is 1-8 overall and tied for last place in the seven-team NNC with Allan Hancock College, the team which BC beat 17-14 Saturday. Pasadena's only win was 19-17 over Hancock on Oct. 26.
The Lancers are coming off their highest scoring game of the season, a 37-27 loss Saturday to Ventura. It was the first game since the second week of the season that Pasadena scored more than 17 points.
Two BC players have a chance at reaching statistical milestones.
Freshman quarterback Cruise Adams needs 196 passing yards to reach 1,000 for the season. He was limited to 39 passing yards in last week's win over Hancock.
And freshman running back Preston Hodges needs 179 rushing yards to reach 1,000 yards.
There have been 16 seasons where a BC running back has rushed for at least 1,000 yards. Hodges could be the 15th player to accomplish the feat. David Turner and Bruce Frieson are the only players to do it twice.
BC sophomore middle linebacker Grant Campbell is on track to lead the NNC in tackles for the second straight season. He has 99 tackles coming into the game. Hancock linebacker Demetri Johnson is second in the conference with 92 tackles.
BC also needs a win to avoid the third losing season in coach Jeff Chudy's 10 years as the Renegades' head coach.
The 2008 and 2011 seasons both ended with 4-6 records.
Last May, the Renegades' program was hit by state and conference sanctions for rules violations dealing with special privileges for football players.
Last year's state title and all wins from the 2011 and 2012 seasons were stripped, but BC is appealing.