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Saturday, Sep 28 2013 10:48 PM

Bakersfield College falls in conference opener

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Renegades quarterback Cruise Adams tries to elude the rush of Ventura's Dylan Boyce (95) and Gary Wortham Jr. in the first quarter.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Cruise Adams, who started as quarterback for the Renegades, found himself hounded by Ventura from the start, here trying to elude the rush of defensive lineman Karsmann Johnson.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College receiver Colin Spencer tries to pick up yardage after a short pass reception in the first quarter. Ventura defenders are Dejvion Edwards (2) and David Emanuel (23).

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Ventura receiver Kevon Mitchell is wrapped up by Bakersfield defenders Kenneth Dunston (59), Cody Jones (16) and Chris Hannible in the first half Saturday.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Cruise Adams had a miserable first half against the defense of Ventura, here looking stunned and hearing it from Ronny Camacho (20) and Richard Palmer after he was tackled for a loss.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Ventura's Antonio Cowart (7) intercepts a pass intended for Bakersfield receiver Colin Spencer in the first half. The other defender is Patrick Hall.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield wide receiver Kevin Elijah looks for yardage for the Renegades in the first half in the game against Ventura.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield runningback Marcus Curiel picked up a short gain n this run in the second quarter Saturday in the game against Ventura.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Ventura delivered a hit that forced a fumble and knocked Cruise Adams out of the game against Bakersfield College in the second quarter. The play is celebrated by Antonio Cowart (7) and Ryan Chavez.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Ventura quarterback Brad Odeman delivers a pass against Bakersfield defenders Jacob Miller and Grant Campbell in the second quarter Saturday. Ventura had a 24-0 lead at the half.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    What appeared to be a big play for the Renegades in the second quarter turned to disaster, when Brock Martin fumbled when he was hit by Ventura's David Emanuel after making a catch deep in Ventura territory. The fumble was recovered by Ventura.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Preston Hodges breaks free for a gain in the second quarter, just one of a few plays that went well for the Renegades in the first half in the game against Ventura.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Aaron Stanton of Ventura tries to stretch for additional yardage as he falls to the grass on the first-half carry. He is pursued by Bakersfield linebacker Grant Campbell.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Colin Spencer of Bakersfield and Dejvion Edwards (2) of Ventura scramble to recover a fumble by the Renegades on what appeared to be a huge pass reception. The fumble was recovered by Ventura.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College's Jermaine Ervin (26) helped make a touchdown-saving tackle on a long run by Ventura's Paul Harris on the next to last play of the first half. Ventura kicked a field goal on the final play to take a 24-0 lead.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield's Jermaine Ervin (26) and Joey Stuart make a touchdown-saving tackle on a long run by Ventura's Paul Harris on the next to last play of the first half. Ventura kicked a field goal on the final play to take a 24-0 lead.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    A beat-up Cruise Adams, Bakersfield College's starting quarterback, leaves the field at halftime with an apparent hip injury. He was harassed and manhandled by the Ventura defense throughout the first half and left after taking a big hit that forced a fumble.

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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

Bakersfield College staged a frantic second-half rally that fell short Saturday night in a 24-16 National Northern Conference opener at Memorial Stadium.

The Renegades (1-3) lost their third straight. They trailed 24-0 at halftime but blanked the Pirates (3-1) in the second half.

BC fought back to make it close on a pair of touchdown runs by freshman running back Preston Hodges, covering 1 and 6 yards.

Both were followed by 2-point conversions, the latter a pass from Derrik Martin to Triton Douglas with 5:56 left that made it an 8-point game.

BC had a last-ditch chance when it took over on its 7 with 2:04 remaining and no timeouts.

Despite that, BC reached the Ventura 39 with two seconds left but Martin was sacked before he could launch a hail-mary pass into the end zone.

One play that hurt the clock-watching Renegades was a BC sack against Ventura quarterback Brad Odeman on Ventura's final possession.

BC called its last timeout with 3:20 remaining and Ventura facing a third-and-14 play.

Odeman was sacked but threw a pass as he was going down. The officials appeared unsure whether intentional grounding had occurred and delayed spotting the ball and starting the play clock by at least 30 seconds.

Ventura took a delay-of-game penalty that finally stopped the clock with 2:14 left, meaning 1:06 ran off for one play and the 25-second game clock delay call.

It was Ventura's first win in Memorial Stadium in the program's history. The Pirates had been 0-13 since 1982.

Odeman came into the game with a state-leading 1,018 passing yards and 15 touchdowns.

He was impressive in the first half, completing 18-of-28 for 183 yards. But he was only 7-of-13 for 53 yards in the second half and threw his first interception of the season, which set up Hodges' second TD run.

Martin, who started BC's first three games at quarterback, replaced Cruise Adams midway through the second quarter when Adams was injured on a vicious blind-side a sack. Adams a Garces graduate, was on the BC sidelines the rest of the game.

Martin finished 15 of 24 passing for 216 yards.

BC also got a strong game from sophomore wide receiver Brock Martin, the team's leading returning pass catcher from last season who had only three catches for 20 yards in BC's first three games. He had seven catches for 137 yards against Ventura.

Odeman picked apart the BC defense to spark the Pirates' 24-0 halftime lead.

And the Pirates, who have not been much of a running team in previous games, showed surprising balance with 142 rushing yards the first two quarters. But they were held to 31 net rushing yards after that.

Adams was 4-of-8 passing for 60 yards before he was injured.

BC' best first-half scoring chance was ended by a fumble when Darrik Martin's perfect pass to Brock Martin was caught at the 15 but the ball was stripped away for BC's second lost fumble of the first half.

BC lost two fumbles and had two interceptions.

Odeman consistently found open receivers for medium-range passes working against BC's zone defense in the first half.

The play of the game was a circus 22-yard TD catch by wide receiver Dylan McDaniel, who was violently flipped as he made a leaping catch in the end zone. Somehow he held onto the ball, which was Ventura's third TD.

BC, hoping for a consistent ground game to control the clock and keep the potent Ventura offense off the field, had only 55 net rushing yards in the first half.

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