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Friday, Nov 01 2013 11:28 PM

Eagles coast past Taft, clinch share of SSL title

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Keith Blank dives into the end zone for a BCHS 1st quarter touchdown as the Taft High defense tries to make the stop.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Matt Smith of BCHS is wrestled down by Taft High's Anthony Rodriguez after a solid run in the 1st half of their game.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    A face mask penalty is called on Josh Jackson of BCHS after this long run by Taft High's Josh Tiger in the 1st half of their game.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    BCHS' Josh Jackson stretches out for a long gain as Taft High defense from left, Billy Burell, Matt Osborn and Zack Huckins chase him down in the 1st half of their Friday night game.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Taft High's Josh Tiger battles to gain yards as an aggressive BCHS defense attempts to strip the ball in the 1st half of their game Friday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Brandon Jones of BCHS gets a pass off on the run in their game against Taft High Friday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Donald Harris from BCHS tries to make a move on Taft High QB Dylan Botts after Harris intercepted Botts' pass in the closing seconds of the 1st half and almost ran it back for a touchdown before Botts brought him down.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The Taft High cheerleaders perform during halftime of their game against BCHS Friday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Taft High's Triston Ginn is chased down by Austin Duffield of BCHS early in their Friday game.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The Lincoln Jr High band performs at the Taft High football game Friday.

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BY STEPHEN LYNCH Special to The Californian

TAFT -- Even on a night in which he wasn't quite as accurate as normal, Brandon Jones was still plenty good enough to put up some more gaudy passing numbers and lead his team to another blowout victory.

The talented Bakersfield Christian junior quarterback connected on 19 of 30 pass attempts for 329 yards and four touchdowns to power the visiting Eagles to a 49-0 South Sequoia League win over Taft Friday night at Martin Memorial Stadium.

"I overthrew a couple of nine-balls in the first half and that's on me," Jones said. "Numbers are numbers. I'm just glad we got a team win."

Jones' favorite target, Josh Jackson, had a career high in receptions (11), receiving yards (214) yards, and touchdowns (3) as BCHS won its seventh game in a row.

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"He's a monster," Jones said. "He works so hard. He's just someone I've clicked with since the start. All our receiver are great, but Jackson I feel just has that edge on every corner out there."

The victory ensures BCHS at least a share of its first SSL championship since 2008 when Derek Carr, now a Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback at Fresno State, led the Eagles to the Central Section Division V title.

BCHS can clinch the outright title next week with a win in its regular season finale against Arvin.

"When we started at the very beginning of the year it was our goal to win a league championship and then after that see what happens." BCHS coach Jerald Pierucci said. "And the kids have really hung their hat on that and really never lost sight of that goal even when we dropped to 0-2 at the very beginning of the season."

BCHS scored touchdowns on seven of eight possessions before taking a knee the final time it got the ball.

"We had one punt," Jones said. "We expect, as an offense, to score every single time we touch the ball so that's still not a win for us but we'll do better come next week and be ready by playoffs."

The Eagles racked up 465 yards of offense, while limiting Taft to just 161 yards.

"They're a good team," Taft coach Jarudd Prosser said. "They've made a lot of teams that are pretty good look bad. I thought we were battling with them and the kids play hard. It's tough to do it consistently for four quarters. They're good."

BCHS' defense had two interceptions and a blocked punt in keeping the Wildcats out of scoring range the entire night. Through all four quarters Taft never penetrated deeper than the Eagles' 32-yard line.

"We still have some things to get better on," Pierucci said. "We some opportunities in the first half. So we're still not firing on all cylinders. The thing is, we're playing great defense."

Matt Smith added a power aspect to the BCHS attack, rumbling for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.

BCHS scored touchdowns on its first three possessions and led 21-0 at halftime.

The Eagles outgained Taft 239-91 in the first half.

During one stretch of the first half, Jones connected on 14-of-15 passes for 184 yards including a 4-yard slant for a second-quarter touchdown to Jackson.

BCHS forced Taft to quickly punt away the game's opening possession and then marched 88 yards on 17 plays. Keith Blank capped off the 6:04 drive by taking a pitch from Jones and racing into the end zone from 6 yards out.

The Eagles' other two first half scoring drives covered 81 and 60 yards.

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