Bakersfield College Football (5-1) fought off a second half thrust by Moorpark (1-5) and continued with their season-long trend of finishing strong by beating the Raiders 34-10 in front of 5,000 fans at Memorial Stadium to complete a festive homecoming celebration Saturday and open conference play with a win.
Elisha Ortiz scored four touchdowns to pace BC. The freshman back scored on runs of one, four, and 21 yards. He also hauled in a seven yard touchdown pass from Brandon Jones to open scoring in the game.
Renegade special teams continued to be a strong suit once again, as BC answered Moorpark's first score-a booming 45 yard field goal from Riley Garrett-with a 72 yard kick return by Jakell Tomlin, which BC converted into an Ortiz touchdown three plays later.
Carson Olivas continues to dazzle on punts, this week unleashing a season-best 58 yarder against Moorpark. He averaged 47.3 yards per kick on four punts, with two touchbacks and one landing inside the 20.
Quarterback Brandon Jones was quietly efficient, completing 11 of 14 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown. He threw no interceptions, and 82 of his passing yards came on two receptions of 41 yards apiece by Cameron Roberson and Ortiz.
But the dark side of the game came from penalties, with both sides combining for 411 yards on 39 total accepted penalties. The total would be higher if offsetting and declined penatlies were tallied. BC's share? 20 penalties for 216 yards.
Coach Jeff Chudy spoke extensively to accountability and discipline in regard to penalties in an interview with "The Bakersfield Californian" beat reporter Jon Mettus prior to the game, and despite the convincing win, it's almost a lock that the Renegades will get another lesson on the importance of being earnest on the gridiron in the week to come.