BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
PASADENA -- One thing Bakersfield College's players and coaches will take from the 2013 season is a strong finish to the season.
BC wrapped up the year with its best performance of the season in a 52-6 win at Pasadena City College Saturday afternoon.
The Renegades, who were state champions a year ago, finished 5-5 overall and 3-3 in the National Northern Conference.
"You would like to have a playoff run," said sophomore receiver Colin Spencer, who caught touchdown passes of 43 and 39 yards from freshman quarterback Cruise Adams.
"We didn't have the season we wanted but we've grown so much since practice started on Day 1. We've got a lot of young guys who really improved as the year went on."
Adams had by far his best game as a BC quarterback: 10-of-15 for 291 yards, giving him 1,095 passing yards this season.
"It's been a challenge," said Adams, a Garces High graduate who also had a 51-yard touchdown pass to freshman wideout Kamron McKinney, his first TD catch and only second reception of the season.
"I think everyone's starting to figure it out," Adams added. "We were so young this year. Good things are happening."
BC won four of its last five games to make it to .500.
"That says something for next year, especially," Adams said.
Jeff Chudy completed his 10th season as BC's head coach.
"Offensively, this may have been our best performance of the year," Chudy said. "It's a tribute to our sophomores and our coaches and the relationship we had with those guys. They hung in there. That's the character they have and who they are. It's a great way to finish the season."
In Chudy's opinion, BC played the toughest schedule of any of the 37 Southern California community college football teams.
"We played three of the top four teams that will be in the playoffs," Chudy said, referring to Fullerton, Mount San Antonio and Canyons, with Riverside the only probable playoff qualifier the Renegades missed.
"Our sophomore class was high character people. We ran into a buzz saw at the beginning of the year."
That's when BC lost four straight between weeks 2-5 to Mount San Antonio (40-9), Fullerton (45-23), Ventura (24-16) and Canyons (42-14).
"It was a brutal schedule we played," Chudy said. "We had some injuries that really set us back. We lost a couple of offensive linemen right out of the gate. By the third game, we had seven guys who were lost for the season."
Even before the season started, BC was hit by state sanctions that ruled BC ineligible for the postseason this year, plus the forfeiting of all wins from 2011 and 2012. Along with that was the removal of BC's state championship.
Those sanctions were announced in May and BC has gone to court as it continues to appeal the severity of the sanctions.
Chudy said he was proud that his players did not let that distraction affect them.
"Our guys were focused on the 2013 season. You can't control things that are out of your control," Chudy said.
"We buried it," sophomore defensive back Joey Stuart said. "We hoped to get to the postseason but we figured, what happens, happens."
"We showed a lot of strength," sophomore safety Chris Hannible said. "Adversity definitely hit. But we fought through it. I love this family."
The 52 points were BC's season high, improving on the 37-14 win over Moorpark on Oct. 26. The 505 yards of total offense was also a season high, bettering the 415 against Ventura on Sept 28. BC also had its best quarter of the season, scoring 28 points in the third quarter.
Freshman running back Preston Hodges had a 46-yard touchdown run and finished with 67 yards on seven carries. He wound up with 888 yards to fall just short of earning BC's 26th 900-yard rushing season in the program's history.
Brian Millan, a freshman kicker from West High, replaced Parker Campbell who was injured during the game. Millan had a 35-yard field goal on the final play before halftime and was 6-for-6 on extra points.
BC had a 6-yard TD run by Kwame Johnson, who finished with 78 yards on 17 carries; a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown by Cody Jones; and a 10-yard TD run by Triton Douglas.