Renegades Drop Home Finale to East LA

Renegades Drop Home Finale to East LA

Bakersfield, CA – The Renegades, playing in front of their home fans for the final time at Memorial Stadium in 2021 season, fell to the Huskies from East Los Angeles College 27-24 in a back-and-forth game that was eventually decided in the waning moments of the game.

Both teams traded field goals in the first quarter, the first by BC's Peter Delis' 41-yarder that was set up earlier in the drive by a 40-yard Dexter Frampton to Isaac Jernagin completion.

ELA would tie the score later in the quarter benefitting from four major penalties against the Renegades.

The pace of the game picked up in the second quarter as quarterback Richard Lara replaced Frampton after BC recovered an ELAC fumble at the Huskies 17-yard line. Lara would connect with wide receiver Braden Gorden on a 32-yard touchdown pass at 11:57. Three minutes later, East LA would tie the game at 10 four plays after recovering a Bakersfield fumble.

Later, the Huskies capitalized two plays after BC turned the ball over on downs on a 17-yard touchdown pass at the 6:15 mark. ELAC returned the favor on a turnover of their own, fumbling on their own nine-yard line which was scooped up by Cameron Williams who motored 91-yards for the touchdown. Delis' extra point try hit the crossbar and the Gades trailed 17-16 at halftime.

On their first possession of the second half, the Renegades marched 65-yards, aided by a 32-yard Lara to Jalen Blizzard completion two plays after ELAC was called for pass interference. Antonio Robinson's 1- yard rushing touchdown followed by a successful two point try gave BC a 24-17 lead. The Huskies closed the gap to four points later in the third quarter on a 34-yard field goal.

In the fourth quarter, Bakersfield put together a 17-play drive that ended in disaster when BC sent out Delis' for what appeared to be a 31-yard field goal attempt that if successful, would have extended the Gades lead. Instead of kicking the field goal, BC attempted some trickery hoping to catch ELAC off guard. The Huskies did not bite, and Delis quickly ran back to his kicking position where his attempt was blocked.

With momentum on their side, East Los Angeles drove 84-yards in 8 plays, and aided by a personal foul called on Bakersfield, the Huskies scored on an 8-yard rushing touchdown making the final score 27-24.

The Gades (2-7, 1-3) will finish the season on the road at Allan Hancock College next Saturday at 1pm.

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