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Thursday, Aug 29 2013 11:08 PM

Renegades hold final scrimmage

BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

It wasn't like a well-oiled machine watching Bakersfield College in its second -- and final -- intrasquad scrimmage of the 2013 preseason Thursday night at Memorial Stadium.

"We got a lot of reps but we had a couple of guys who really needed reps who aren't here because they had class," Chudy said. "But you can't do anything about that. Typically we don't work out at 6 o'clock."

The Renegades, coming off an 11-2 state championship season a year ago, ran much more situational plays Thursday compared to the first scrimmage last Saturday.

A lot of goal-line plays at different times divided by drives between the 25-yard lines.

One of the biggest questions is who will succeed Brian Burrell as the starting quarterback.

Freshman Darrik Martin from Golden Valley High and a prep school in Pennsylvania was the busiest passer and showed some big-play ability with passes covering 63 and 60 yards, the latter a touchdown to freshman Maurice Boyd. Martin was 9 of 17 for 240 yards and an interception.

Sophomore returner Juan Carbajal was 8 of 12 for 75 yards. No one else attempted more than nine passes.

BC stresses mistake-free football with the goal of having zero turnovers. Many of the quarterback candidates forced throws into tight coverage at times, and two passes were intercepted.

Twelve different players caught passes and seven non-quarterbacks had rushing attempts.

Freshman Preston Hodges and sophomore returnee Kwame Johnson were the busiest rushers, collecting 51 and 50 yards, respectively. Rapi Sotoa had 81 yards, mostly late in the scrimmage.

Chudy quietly watched the scrimmage with only occasional input. The assistants did most of the instructing.

"We've got a lot of unanswered questions," Chudy said. "Hopefully after film we'll be able to close the learning curve a little bit. But we've got a ways to go.

"Some of the situational stuff we didn't take advantage of when we had guys backed up. Then we had some mental mistakes offensively with guys going in the wrong direction. We can't have that. We've got a lot of things to clean up."

BC opens its season a week from Saturday at Santa Ana College.

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