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Wednesday, Dec 05 2012 08:06 PM

BC football boasts stingy defense

BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

In the high-scoring world of community college football, Bakersfield College has not been the typical team in 2012.

The Renegades defense simply doesn't allow very many points.

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STATE TITLE GAME

Who: BC (10-2) vs. City College of San Francisco (10-1)

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Memorial Stadium

Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students, seniors and children under 12. Tickets are available at Kern Schools Credit Union locations, Luigi's Restaurant, The Padre Hotel, Frugatti's Restaurant, Covenant Coffee, Action Sports and the BC ticket office.

BC DEFENSE AT A GLANCE

Points allowed per game: 17.5

Rush yards allowed per game: 156.7

Pass yards allowed per game: 159.2

Sacks: 35

Tackles for losses: 75

Takeaways: 22

TD passes allowed: 7

TD runs allowed: 18

BC (10-2) faces City College of San Francisco (10-1) on Saturday in Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m. for the California Community College Athletic Association championship.

Defense will be a big factor if the Renegades are going to capture their first state title in the 16-year history of the current state playoff system.

"This has got to be the same as all other weeks: Us being one team and no individuals," said sophomore defensive end-outside linebacker Keylon Hollis, who was unanimously chosen by National Northern Conference coaches as the Defensive Player of the Year this season after compiling a league-high 14.5 sacks.

"It's all about brotherhood," said sophomore cornerback Mercy Maston, another all-conference first-team pick who has accepted a scholarship offer to play at Boise State after his BC career ends Saturday. "We all joke around, but we gel together."

BC coach Jeff Chudy added: "The thing you characterize on how we play: Across the board, we give good effort. Defensively, we're extremely fast. We're as quick a team as we've had at Bakersfield College."

BC's defensive success is unit-wide -- linemen complimenting linebackers and defensive backs excelling in their responsibilities.

"We play hard and with great effort," Chudy said. "(Defensive lineman) Clint Carter, look at his impact. The way he approaches things. His impact on (defensive end) John Oglesby has been incredible."

Carter and Oglesby are all-conference picks. Oglesby is second on the team with 76 tackles and second with five sacks.

"He's not just a good player. He plays up to the level you hope to see," Chudy said. "Same with Keylon (Hollis). We have kids who play with tremendous effort and with a lot of heart."

In 12 games, BC is allowing an average of 17.5 points per game. Only twice this season have opponents scored as many as 30 points. BC lost both games.

On Sept. 8, the second game of the season, Mount San Antonio downed the Renegades 34-14. On Sept. 22, in a four-overtime thriller, Ventura posted a 30-24 win.

Both Mount SAC and Ventura went 10-0 in the regular season. Both had their seasons end in postseason rematches with BC.

Ventura had two early field goals in the Nov. 17 rematch, but no touchdowns. BC won 48-8 with the only Pirates' second-half points coming on a return of a blocked PAT.

On Nov. 24, BC beat five-time defending Southern California champion Mount SAC 30-21 by shutting out the Mounties in the second half.

On Saturday, the BC defense will match up against a high-powered offense. San Francisco averages 42.6 points per game and has scored at least 31 points in each game this season except for a 31-21 loss to Butte on Nov. 10 in its regular-season finale.

"It's going to be a good game," said sophomore linebacker Ozzy Sombo, another all-conference pick from BC. "They have a good running back (Kristoffer Olugbode, with 1,636 yards and 19 touchdowns).

"I respect him, but I just feel that our defense is strong. I think our defense matches up with their offense."

The Rams also have a potent passing attack. Quarterback Andrew Spivey has thrown for 2,657 yards and 31 touchdowns and is completing 58.6 percent of his passes. Wide receivers Kyani Harris (63 catches), Dezmon Epps (44 catches) and J.J. Hudson (34 catches) have combined for 27 touchdown receptions.

Maston said he doesn't know about CCSF's passing statistics.

"I don't worry about that," he said. "I just go out there and do what Coach Chudy and Coach (Reggie) Bolton tells us to do. We've just got to go out there and get the job done."

Hollis added: "It's all about speed. Us running to the ball; everyone going to the ball at once.

"No mistakes. If one guy messes up, the whole defense messes up."

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