BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
YORBA LINDA -- Fullerton College used its massive offensive line to amass 532 rushing yards in a 45-23 win over Bakersfield College Saturday night at Yorba Linda High School.
The Renegades (1-2) were devastated by a series of long touchdown runs by Fullerton (3-0), the No. 4-ranked team in the state and No. 2 in Southern California.
"Our effort was really good. It was execution that we lacked," said BC coach Jeff Chudy. "Every time we had an opportunity, first and 10 on the 12, we fumbled it. We went the wrong way. We got a field goal blocked."
BC was coming off a 40-9 loss to Mount San Antonio one week earlier. The Renegades played much better vs. Fullerton, but they simply couldn't contain the Hornets' ground attack.
Ryan Byrd did most of the damage, gaining 271 yards on 25 carries with a 71-yard touchdown.
Close behind was Lavorrie Johnson, who had 198 yards on 13 carries with touchdown runs of 49, 32 and 57 yards.
The Hornets added a 26-yard TD run by backup running back David Wesley with 13 seconds left in the game when a ball was fumbled and Wesley picked it up and broke through the defense to score.
"These first three games have been a good lesson for a lot of these guys," Chudy said. "They've seen the quality of football at this level and how physical these guys are.
"We're 1-2 as we head into conference play (next Saturday at home vs. Ventura). We're dinged up. We're maybe going to call on guys who have not played a lot.
"The three teams we've played are good teams. I expect them all to be in bowl games and have a good shot at winning their conferences."
BC got a second-half lift from freshman quarterback Cruise Adams, a Garces graduate who was 8-of-15 for 139 yards and a touchdown after replacing Darrik Martin, who was only 7-of-16 for 63 yards with an interception.
Adams directed the BC offense on two second-half touchdown drives. He showed aggressive play, which was especially evident in a crisp 23-yard TD pass to Colin Spencer with 11:31 left in the game that cut the Fullerton lead to 31-23.
"I thought he threw the ball well," Chudy said. "We've got a good competition going. He showed good poise. There's no question we've got to get better at that spot."
For the second straight week, BC's defense allowed more than 500 yards.
"It doesn't matter if it's 250 or 500," Chudy said. "We've held teams to under 100 and lost. A loss is a loss."
But Fullerton's tackle-breaking ability and yardage after initial contact set the stage for the impressive output by the Hornets' offense.
BC also had trouble in the place-kicking department. One field goal and an extra point were blocked, as Fullerton sent massive defensive linemen straight up the middle that collapsed the Renegade protection.
Glen Campbell added a 31-yard field goal and the Renegades converted two extra points after the first attempt was blocked.
Fullerton built a 17-9 halftime lead, with BC's only touchdown to that point a 40-yard interception return by linebacker Brodie Scott.
On that play, Fullerton quarterback Jose Escobar was flushed out of the pocket by blitzing linebacker Grant Campbell.
Escobar rolled to his right and threw the ball directly to Scott, who was standing only a few feet away. Scott pulled it in and raced up the left sideline for the touchdown.