BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Bakersfield and Ventura colleges played four overtimes Sept. 22. On Saturday, they'll go at it again, and the stakes are much higher.
BC grabbed the final spot in the four-team Southern California community college football playoffs Sunday and earned the No. 3 seed, giving it a rematch with No. 2 Ventura, which completed the first 10-0 season in its program's history.
It will be the Beach Bowl at Ventura College and the semifinals of the SoCal playoffs. Mount San Antonio (10-0), the No. 1 seed, will play host to No. 4 Saddleback College (6-4) in the other semifinal.
The Renegades went 8-2 in the regular season, which included a 30-24 four-OT loss to Ventura. BC's other loss was 34-14 at Mount SAC in the second week of the season. BC has won six straight.
"It's a good opportunity," BC coach Jeff Chudy said. "At the end of the day, where we're at is a tribute to our players and our coaching staff. There are a lot of moving parts to have a successful season like we've had. It's a fitting way to keep our season going."
The Renegades beat Pasadena 38-17 in their regular-season finale Saturday and needed a loss by Riverside, which was one spot ahead of BC in last week's SoCal poll. Mount SAC downed Riverside 25-0, leaving BC and Riverside with 8-2 records and losses to the same teams. Ventura edged Riverside 28-27 in the season-opener.
"You don't want to rely on a poll, but thankfully the coaches who voted recognized the same things we did," said Chudy, who said Saturday night the Renegades should be rated higher based on comparative scores with common opponents.
Ventura has beaten the Renegades two straight times.
"Ventura has done a good job. Going undefeated is not easy to do," Chudy said. "They have showed a lot of resiliency."