Playoffs Round One: BCS @ Highlands
Friday night the Pride traveled to North Highlands to take on the Scots in the first round of the playoffs. In their first foray into the Division V playoff pool after dominating in Division VI and VII the Pride were facing a familiar foe. For the second time in a month the Pride took on the Highlands Scots, looking for a different result than the 61-27 loss on Homecoming night. Highlands was looking to even their record against the Pride at 2-2, and both teams sought a trip to Waterford and round two of the playoffs.
The game started on a sour note when the Scots scored on their first play from scrimmage, a 52 yard screen pass from #1 John Abalos to #5 Cheapell Morris. With fourteen seconds off the clock the Pride trailed 6-0. But Bradshaw answered the Highland score with one of their own when #7 Grant Dragmire ran in from seven yards out. Following #50 Jennifer Lawson’s PAT the Pride led 7-6. The Pride forced a Highlands punt on the next series and got the ball back at the Bradshaw 35 yard line. At this point the SFL leaders in passing and receiving yards #2 Kevin Williams and #31 Luis Romero got together to do what they’ve done all year long. Kevin looped a pass over the left side of the line and Luis tipped it to himself and was off down the visiting sideline for a 64 yard touchdown. But Highlands answered with a touchdown of their own on a 4 yard run by #13 Tyrone Gilbert to tie the score at 13-13. Highlands got the ball back following a failed fourth down conversion at the Bradshaw 35 yard line and three plays later scored on a 5 yard run by #1 Abalos and the quarter ended 20-13 Highlands.
The second quarter was played under a light drizzle, and the effect could be seen on the field as both teams combined for five fumbles. The teams traded possessions until Bradshaw broke through on a 42 yard run by #12 Gabe Miranda to tie the score at 20-20. And when #10 Logan Newton recovered a Scot fumble at the Highlands 35 yard line it looked like things were turning in the Prides favor. But on the first play the Scots #2 Dminiec Fuse stepped in front of Kevin’s pass to Luis and killed the Pride momentum. The Pride defense held the Scots in place, and in fact backed them up to the Highlands 14 yard line when the Highlands QB turned a broken play into and 86 yard touchdown run to go ahead 27-20. On the Pride’s next play from scrimmage Highlands recovered another Bradshaw fumble at the ten yard line and scored two plays later to go ahead 34-20. The Pride mounted a drive in the waning seconds of the half, and moved to the Highlands 38 yard line with one play left in the half. But Highlands forced the third Bradshaw fumble of the quarter, and this time #2 Fuse returned the ball 67 yards for a touchdown and 40-20 halftime lead.
In the third quarter the Pride defense stopped the Scots on their one possession in the quarter, but the Pride offense was unable to score despite the fact they held the ball almost the entire quarter and ran 29 plays. The Scots defense collected two interceptions to stop Bradshaw drives, and tallied another defensive touchdown when Highlands #6 Eason returned the first interception for a touchdown. The third quarter ended with a 46-20 Highlands lead.
Bradshaw scored on the second play of the fourth on an 11 yard run by #24 Jakobe Hawkins, but Highlands answered on a 20 yard run by #6 Eason. Eason would score again two minutes later when he returned a fumbled pitch 75 yards to make the score 60-27 Highlands. The Pride refused to quit, mounting a fifteen play drive that was capped by #24 Hawkins second score of the night from 3 yards out. Bradshaw got the ball back one play later when #10 Newton collected his second fumble recovery of the night at the Pride 13 yard line. With the Scots blanketing #31 Romero, Kevin turned to #8 Kyle Betts who caught a pass down the west sideline and rambled 53 yards. It was only fitting that Kyle scored the touchdown when he outleapt a Highland defender to haul in a 23 yard touchdown pass from Williams to bring the score to 60-41. Highlands was able to recover the onside kick and run out the clock and with it the season for the Bradshaw Christian Pride.
On offense Bradshaw moved the ball well with 547 total yards but six turnovers killed the Pride. The Scot defense scored three times and this turned out to be the difference in the game. On the ground eight Pride runners combined for 361 yards on the ground. Jakobe Hawkins carried 18 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns and Logan Newton carried 22 times for 111 yards. Kevin Williams completed 6 of 17 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Luis Romero caught three passes for 98 yards and a touchdown and Kyle Betts caught two passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.
On defense Logan Newton was the Pride’s leading tackler in his last game for Bradshaw and also recovered two fumbles and made another tackle for a loss. Overall seventeen different Pride players made tackles on the night, including Austin Archuleta in his first game on the varsity. Austin Archuleta was the second leading tackler and also had a 67 yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter.
For the first time in five years the Pride will not be playing on the last day of the season. After four strait trips to the Section Championship game the Pride’s season ended early this year. Expectations have been high at Bradshaw due to past success, and hopefully next season the Pride will return to their winning ways. But let’s look at what the boys accomplished this season. They played the toughest schedule of any team in Div V / VI with their opponents combining for 66 victories. Of the teams they played this season, only three did not make the playoffs. Bradshaw’s preseason opponents (Maxwell, Capital Christian, Summerville, and Vista del Lago) are all playoff teams from Div IV except Vista del Lago who is the #2 seed in Div III. As the enrollment at Bradshaw increases and the school begins to move up the divisional ladder the competition will be tougher. With the addition of a JV team this season Bradshaw is able to give promising younger players playing time at the high school level to get them ready for the Varsity. Several JV players made valuable contributions to the Varsity team when they were called up due to injuries to Varsity players. While this season’s results may have fallen short of hopes or expectations, the Pride will be back next season stronger for the experience. And Hungry…
1st 11:46 H #1 Abalos 52 yard pass to #5 Morris 2 point try failed 6-0
1st 9:03 BCS #7 Dragmire 4 yard run Lawson kick good 6-7
1st 5:21 BCS #2 Williams 64 yard pass to #31 Romero kick failed 6-13
1st 3:59 H #13 Gilbert 4 yard run Altamirano kick good 13-13
1st 1:44 H #1 Abalos 5 yard run Altamirano kick good 20-13
2nd 3:30 BCS #12 Miranda 42 yard run Lawson kick good 20-20
2nd 2:01 H #1 Abalos 86 yard run Altamirano kick good 27-20
2nd 1:23 H #1 Abalos 10 yard pass to #4 Price Altamirano kick good 34-20
2nd 0:00 H #7 Walker 47 yard fumble return kick failed 40-20
3rd 9:46 H #6 Eason 32 yard interception return kick failed 46-20
4th 11:28 BCS #24 Hawkins 11 yard run Lawson kick good 46-27
4th 10:18 H #6 Eason 20 yard run Altamirano kick good 53-27
4th 8:37 H #6 Eason 75 yard fumble return Altamirano kick good 60-27
4th 4:14 BCS #24 Hawkins 3 yard run Lawson kick good 60-34
4th 1:37 BCS #2 Williams 23 yard pass to #8 Betts Lawson kick good 60-41
In other games Friday night:
Maxwell beat Burney 35 - 14
Capital Christian beat Modesto Christian 41 – 0
Summerville lost to Los Banos 41 – 18
Vista del Lago beat Lincoln (Lincoln) 44 – 0
Rio Vista lost to Le Grand 50 – 12
Week Ten: Encina @ Bradshaw Christian
In their final home game of the season the Bradshaw Christian Pride evened their record at five and five for the season, locked up a playoff spot, and sent off their graduating Seniors with a victory. For the second week in a row the Pride dominated a league opponent, rolling up over five hundred yards in total offense and held the visiting Bulldogs to less than two hundred total yards.
Before the game Bradshaw Christian paid tribute to the eleven graduating Seniors and their families. Win or lose this would be their last home game as the Pride will be road warriors in the playoffs. The capacity crowd paid tribute to nine players and two team managers. Josh Katt, Josh Criswell, Logan Newton, Michael Francois, Luis Romero, Phillip Dye, Jake Fiksdal, Armando Velarde, Zach Rangel, Mike Jones, and Savanna Grant were all honored before kickoff.
Once the game started the Pride took the opening kick and moved the ball down the field and looked to be on the way to a score when the Pride turned the ball over on a fumble at the Encina 24 yard line. The Bulldogs picked up two first downs but stalled near midfield when #66 Zach Rangel and #51 Thomas Uebelhoer stopped the Encina ball carrier in the backfield and forced a fumble. Encina recovered, but was forced to punt. The Pride took over at their 20 yard line and marched eighty yards for a touchdown. Kyle Betts (#8) carried the ball in from the 3 yard line for the score and then carried the two point conversion for an 8-0 lead. The big play of the drive was a 50 yard pass from #2 Kevin Williams to #31 Luis Romero. Following the kickoff the Pride took the ball away on the first play when #37 Phillip Dye knocked the ball loose and #38 Keawe Efhan recovered at the Encina 28 yard line. Two plays later #7 Grant Dragmire carried the ball in from seven yards out, and following #50 Jennifer Lawson’s PAT the score was 15-0 and the rout was on. On the next series the Seniors took over. #37 Phillip Dye defensed a pass, #65 Armando Velarde forced a fumble which Encina recovered, and #66 Zach Rangel sacked the QB for a seven yard loss forcing a punt. And the seniors weren’t done, when Velarde crashed through the line and got a hand on the punt, which covered twelve yards to the Encina 32 yard line. Seven plays later #10 Logan Newton scored from 3 yards out to take the score to 22-0 early in the second quarter.
Encina picked up one first down on their next possession but turned the ball over when #8 Kyle Betts stepped in front of a Bulldog pass at the Bradshaw 35 yard line. The Pride moved through the Bulldog defense to the Encina fifteen yard line where #24 Jakobe Hawkins swept around the right end for a 15 yard touchdown to make the score 29-0. Encina was unable to move the ball on their next possession and stalled near midfield, where they lined up to punt. The Bulldogs scored their lone touchdown of the evening on a fake punt that involved three pitches and concluded with 49 yard run by # 23 Decarlos Charleston. But with two minutes left in the half the Pride wasn’t done, taking the Encina kickoff and moving quickly to score another touchdown on a ten yard carry by #24 Hawkins for his second touchdown of the night to make the score 36-6 at the half.
Coming out of halftime the Pride defense continued their dominance of the Bulldog offense. Encina had the ball twice in the third quarter and were forced to punt twice after gaining a total of four yards. Both times the Pride offense took advantage and scored a touchdown. The first score was an eight yard pass
from #2 Kevin Williams to #31 Luis Romero and the second was on the first play of the fourth quarter when #7 Grant Dragmire followed a block by #52 Jake Fiksdal to score from ten yards out, bringing the score to 50 – 6. The teams traded possessions in the final quarter with both teams trading fumbles and neither team scoring again as the running clock brought the 2012 regular season to a swift end.
Offensively the Pride continued to pile up yards on the ground, running the ball for over four hundred yards for the second week in a row. The leading rusher was #24 Jakobe Hawkins with 127 yards on eleven carries and two touchdowns. Grant Dragmire (#7) had 63 yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns, #8 Kyle Betts carried eight times for 65 yards and a touchdown, #10 Logan Newton carried eight times for 56 yards and a touchdown, and #2 Kevin Williams ran seven times for 67 yards. While Kevin didn’t score himself, he did throw a touchdown pass to #31 Luis Romero. By the way, Kevin and Luis were the top passing combo in the Sierra Delta League this season.
Defensively the Pride held the Bulldogs to 135 total yards, 49 of which came on the fake punt in the second quarter. Kyle Betts intercepted a pass and Keawe Efhan recovered a fumble and both recorded multiple tackles. The leading tackler was #51 Thomas Uebelhoer with twelve, with Luis Romero recorded eight, Logan Newton had six, #1 Josh Katt and Armando Velarde (#65) both had five tackles and five players had four tackles. Keawe and Armando both had a sack, and #66 Zach Rangel, Thomas Uebelhoer, #80 Dayn Wynbrandt, and #12 Gabe Miranda all made tackles for a loss.
Next up for the Pride is a trip to North Highlands for a rematch with the Highlands Scots. Three weeks ago the Scots beat the Pride 61-27 in Elk Grove when the Pride turned the ball over seven times with six fumbles and an interception. The Pride will need to have a good week of practice and rally together to play their best game of the year to keep their season alive. Coach Rickert mentioned to the team that five years ago a Bradshaw squad got a rematch against a school which beat them in the regular season and took advantage of the opportunity to win their first Section Title. The next season five new freshmen on the Varsity were Jake Fiksdal, Luis Romero, Logan Newton, Josh Katt, and Zach Rangel.
1st 1:53 BC #8 Betts 3 yard run #8 Betts 2 point try good 7-0
1st 1:08 BC #7 Dragmire 8 yard run Lawson Kick good 15-0
2nd 9:37 BC #10 Newton 3 yard run Lawson kick good 22-0
2nd 4:24 BC #24 Hawkins 15 yard run Lawson kick good 29-0
2nd 2:06 E #23 Charleston 49 yard run 2 point try failed 29-6
2nd 0:07 BC #24 Hawkins 10 yard run Lawson kick good 36-6
3rd 8:28 BC #2 Williams 8 yard pass to #31 Romero
Lawson kick good 43-6
4th 11:38 BC #7 Dragmire 10 yard run Lawson kick good 50-6
Week Nine: BCS @ San Juan
Following two losses at home the Pride took a road trip to Citrus Heights to take on the San Juan Spartans Friday evening. In their last home game of the season the Spartans took the opportunity to honor their graduating seniors prior to the game, and came out fired up and aggressive. But the Pride maintained their composure and took advantage of the Spartans emotional, undisciplined play to dominate the game.
The Spartans took advantage of a Bradshaw fumble and marched to a first down at the BCS seven yard line and appeared to be ready to score when the Pride defense stiffened. Taking advantage of a Spartan holding penalty the Pride held the Spartans at the three yard line and took over on downs. Eleven plays and 97 yards later #2 Kevin Williams hit his favorite target #31 Luis Romero for a seven yard touchdown pass to take the lead. Three plays and a punt by the Spartans and the Pride was on the march again, scoring on a ten yard run by #24 Jakobe Hawkins to make the score 14-0. Following an onside kick recovered by #55 Sam Finley the Pride scored again on a 15 yard pass from Williams to Romero. The Spartans looked to be getting on track when #4 Josh Criswell grabbed a tipped Spartan pass and the Pride was on the offense again. Seven plays later BCS took a 28-0 lead when #10 Logan Newton carried the ball in from five yards out.
Coming out of halftime the Spartans were moving the ball consistently and appeared the be on their way to a score when #65 Armando Velarde broke through the line and crushed the Spartan quarterback and forced a fumble that #38 Keawe Efhan recovered. For the first time on the night the San Juan defense held the Pride and the Spartans took over on downs at their thirty yard line. Six plays later San Juan scored their lone offensive touchdown of the night on a 12 yard run by #1 Deondre Stroughter. The Pride answered five plays later on a 41 yard carry by #24 Hawkins. The final touchdown of the night was scored by San Juan on a 59 yard fumble return by #7 Aaron White to make the final score 34-15.
The Pride’s leading rusher for the night was Jakobe Hawkins who carried 11 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Logan Newton carried 13 times for 85 yards and one touchdown, Kyle Betts had 68 yards on 6 carries, and Grant Dragmire had 57 yards on 10 carries. Kevin Williams had 54 yards on 5 carries and completed four of six passes for 63 total yards and two touchdowns, both to Luis Romero. Jennifer Lawson was 4 out of 5 on PAT’s.
Defensively the Pride had a good night holding the Spartans to 273 total yards and one touchdown. Armando Velarde had a sack and forced a fumble, Dayn Wynbrandt had two tackles for a loss, Luis Romero and Keawe Efhan both recovered fumbles and Josh Criswell intercepted a Spartan pass. The Pride’s leading tackler was #51 Thomas Uebelhoer with twelve tackles on the night. Josh Mackey (#28) had eight tackles on the night, Velarde had seven, Dragmire had six, and #12 Gabe Miranda, #66 Zach Rangel, #4 Criswell, and #8 Betts all had five tackles.
Next up for the Pride are the Encina Bulldogs who come to Bradshaw for the final game of the regular season. The Bulldogs bring an identical 4 – 5 record into the game but they are on a four game skid after a fast start. The Pride needs a victory over Encina to keep their post season dreams alive. Be sure to get to the game early as Bradshaw Christian will be honoring our graduating seniors in a pregame ceremony at 7:00.
Encina doesn’t field a JV team so there won’t be an early game. The JV team will be playing their final game of the season at Tokay High School in Lodi on Thursday at 3:30.
1st 1:34 BC #2 Williams 7 yard pass to #31 Romero Lawson kick good 7-0
2nd 8:19 BC #24 Hawkins 10 yard run Lawson kick good 14-0
2nd 6:17 BC #2 Williams 15 yard pass to #31 Romero Lawson kick good 21-0
2nd 1:47 BC #10 Newton 5 yard run Lawson kick good 28-0
3rd 1:40 SJ #1 Stroughter 11 yard run Till kick good 28-7
4th 11:43 BC #24 Hawkins 41 yard run Kick failed 34-7
4th 5:43 SJ #7 White 59 yard fumble return Nelson 2 pt try good 34-15
In other action Friday:
Golden Sierra beat Encina 35-14
Highlands beat Vacaville Christian 43-6
Rio Vista had a bye
Capital Christian beat West Campus 56-0
Summerville beat Amador 8-0
Vista del Lago had a bye
Le Grand beat Mariposa County 49-6
Waterford beat Denair 48-0
Ripon Christian beat Gustine 54-17
Homecoming: Highlands @ Bradshaw Christian
Friday’s Homecoming game matched two teams used to facing each other for mastery of the Sierra Delta League, but with a twist this time. This year Bradshaw and Highlands faced off for second place in the league after both were shocked by a resurgent group from Golden Sierra. With the league's second automatic playoff bid at stake both teams took the field on a perfect fall evening for football in front of a capacity crowd gathered to celebrate Homecoming.
The Pride was able to move the ball against the Scots but unable to score on their first two possessions while Highlands took advantage of a BCS fumble to take an early 6-0 lead. The Pride answered on a three yard run by #7 Grant Dragmire early in the second quarter. Highlands answered with a two quick scores before #2 Kevin Williams scored from four yards out to bring the score to 20-16. But the Scots weren’t done as the Highlands QB #1 John Abalos scored from ten yards out for his fourth touchdown of the half. The teams retired to their locker rooms for half time with Highlands ahead 26-13.
The halftime show saw the float competition won by the Freshman class with their ‘Finding Nemo’ themed float beating out the Seniors and their float modeled after the Pixar movie ‘Up.’ Michael Francois and Gracie Blaising were crowned Homecoming King and Queen with Connor Schuh and Amanda Lazzarone as Junior Prince and Princess, Matthew Ludwig and Shannon Klotz and as Sophomore Prince and Princess, and Malachi Creighton and Olivia Laroa as Freshman Prince and Princess. Once the halftime festivities were over it was time to get back to business for the Pride.
Coming out of half-time the Scots picked up where they left off, scoring on a 75 yard pass from #1 Abalos to #2 Fuse to make the score 33-13. But less than two minutes later #2 Kevin Williams hit #31 Luis Romero with a 34 yard touchdown pass to keep the Pride within two scores. But not for long and the Scots scored again to take the score to 39-20. That’s where things stood as the third quarter ended. Down 19 points at the start of the fourth quarter the Pride had their work cut out for them, but Bradshaw fans could remember back two years to the last time Highlands visited for Homecoming. That night the Pride started the fourth quarter down 21 points and pulled out a dramatic 22 -21 win. Could this edition of the Pride match that effort?
The fourth quarter started on a high note as Kevin Williams found Luis Romero for his second touchdown of the night, this time from 33 yards out. The Pride defense twice held the Scots deep in Bradshaw territory, but the offense was unable to move the ball against the Highlands defense. And, the third time the Scots got the ball on the Bradshaw half of the field #6 Greg Eason broke free for a 25 yard touchdown run to make the score 47-27 with 6:00 remaining. When Bradshaw turned over the ball on the ensuing kickoff Eason scored again, this time from 19 yards out. The Pride mounted a long fifteen play drive to the Highlands ten yard line and looked ready to score when Highland’s #22 Tyrone Gilbert scooped up a loose ball and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown with 17 seconds left on the clock, bringing the final score to 61-27.
The leading rusher for the Pride was #7 Grant Dragmire with 109 yards on 17 carries and he caught one pass for 26 yards. Kevin Williams carried 13 times for 60 yards and completed 13 of 23 passes for 207 yards. Kevin’s leading receiver was #31 Luis Romero with 4 catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Kyle Betts (#8) caught 6 passes for 57 yards.
On the defense the leading tackler was Kyle Betts with seven, while Luis Romero, Zach Rangel, and Grant Dragmire contributed six each and Josh Katt, Josh Mackey, and Keawe Efhan had five each.
Following the loss to Highlands the Pride falls to 2-2 in league and 3-5 overall with league games against San Juan and Encina remaining. For all intents and purposes the playoffs have started for the Pride as they need to win both remaining games for a chance to secure an at large bid for the playoffs.
Next up for the Pride is a road game against the San Juan Spartans Friday night. The Spartans come into the game with an identical 3 – 5 record but having lost their last four games after a fast start. The Pride will need to take better care of the ball this week to stay ahead of the opportunistic Spartans. In the last two games the Pride has turned the ball over ten times with seven fumbles and three interceptions, with almost every turnover resulting in points for the other team. With no margin for error the Pride will need to take care of business Friday to keep their post season hopes alive.
1ST 8:49 H #1 Abalos 15 yard run 2 point try failed 6-0
2nd 10:44 B #7 Dragmire 3 yard run 2 point try failed 6-6
2nd 9:05 H #1 Abalos 9 yard run Altamirano kick good 13-6
2nd 7:10 H #1 Abalos 28 yard run Altamirano kick good 20-6
2nd 4:32 B #2 Williams 4 yard run Lawson kick good 20-13
2nd 2:01 H #1 Abalos 10 yard run Altamirano kick failed 26-13
3rd 11:42 H #1 Abalos 75 yard pass to #2 Fuse Altamirano kick good 33-13
3rd 10:06 B #2 Williams 34 yard pass to #31 Romero Lawson kick good 33-20
3rd 8:54 H #1 Abalos 11 yard run 2 pt try failed 39-20
4th 11:53 B #2 Williams 33 yard pass to #31 Romero Lawson kick good 39-27
4th 6:00 H #6 Eason 25 yard run #1 Abalos 2pt run good 47-27
4th 5:25 H #6 Eason 19 yard run Altamirano kick good 54-27
4th :17 H #22 Gilbert 85 yard fumble return Altamirano kick good 61-27
In other action Friday night:
Golden Sierra beat Rio Vista 55-7
Vacaville Christian beat San Juan 24 – 21
Vista del Lago beat Cosumnes Oaks 35 – 34
Summerville lost to Calaveras 42 – 28
Capital Christian beat Mesa Verde 64 – 6
Brookside Christian beat Big Valley Christian 64 – 0
Foresthill beat Woodland Christian 45 - 13
Week Seven: Golden Sierra @ Bradshaw Christian
The Pride returned home for their second home game of the season with hopes of continuing their dominance of Golden Sierra. Bradshaw had beaten the Grizzlies by scores of 41-14 and 42-0 in their two prior meetings. In fact, through two years in the Sierra Delta league the Pride had yet to lose a league game. But the Grizzlies were coming into the game with confidence following their 35-12 defeat of Vacaville Christian to open their league season.
On a perfect fall evening for football the teams took the field with plenty of bright pink in view as both teams celebrated ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’, a subject close to the hearts of all Bradshaw fans as one of our own battles this disease. We all pray Mrs. Beyer will soon be back at school among her students, just as Mrs. Berg returned. I know she was in the thoughts of many during Coach Ruble’s pregame prayer.
Once play began the Pride got down to business, pounding out yards on the ground behind the blocking of #75 Nick Moody, #52 Jake Fiksdal, #54 Jacob Zachary, #66 Zach Rangel, and #65 Armando Velarde. Bradshaw’s initial drive stalled near midfield, but before the Grizzlies had a chance to do much with the ball they turned it over on a fumble, picked up by #7 Grant Dragmire and returned to the Bradshaw 48 yard line. This time Bradshaw was not to be denied, marching 52 yards on fifteen plays to score on a six yard sweep by #8 Kyle Betts. The score was made possible by a great block by #1 Josh Katt, who stood up the Golden Sierra defender on the left end to clear the way for Kyle. For a perfect view of Josh’s block check out the picture posted by Lou Correia on the Bradshaw Christian HS Football Fans page on Facebook. The first quarter ended with the score 6-0 BCS.
In the second quarter the Grizzlies took advantage of two Bradshaw fumbles to score two touchdowns in five minutes. With less than two minutes left in the half Bradshaw took over near midfield and appeared to be ready to score when a Grizzly defender out leapt Kyle Betts in the end zone to intercept Kevin Williams’ pass to keep the score 14-6 at the half.
The Pride opened the second half with an onside kick recovery by #65 Armando Velarde and scored two minutes later when #24 Jakobe Hawkins broke free up the middle and rambled 45 yards for a touchdown. Following the two point conversion by Hawkins, the Pride pulled even with the Grizzlies at 14-14. The Pride defense forced a punt and the Pride took over at their 44 yard line. It looked like the Pride was taking control. But following a Grizzly interception, the Golden Sierra quarterback broke loose from 40 yards out and scored to take the score to 20-14. When Bradshaw was unable to convert on a 4th and 9 at their own 31 yard line the Grizzlies took over with great field position and one play later #20 Adam Sewell scored from 33 yards out. Following the two point conversion by the Grizzly QB #3 Bryson Campbell the score was 28-14 at the end of the third quarter.
Down by fourteen points, the Pride mounted two long drives in the fourth quarter, and the Grizzly defense bent but would not break. Bradshaw moved the ball but could not get that crucial yard to keep a drive alive or that last block to spring the ball carrier for a score. On defense the Pride was stout and forced a Grizzly punt but the offense was unable to convert and the Grizzlies held on for their first ever victory over the Pride. The Golden Sierra defense held the Pride to their lowest offensive output since game two last year when the Pride dropped the lone game of the season to Colfax 54-14.
Following their first ever loss in the Sierra Delta League, the Pride falls into second place in the league behind the Grizzlies and Highlands who remained undefeated with a 49-6 win over San Juan. Following the unexpected loss to Golden Sierra the annual showdown with Highlands takes on even greater significance if the Pride expects to play in the post-season. Going into their bye week the Pride will have plenty to think about as they prepare for the Scots’ visit on the 19th. The Pride will need to protect the ball better to beat the always tough Highlands team. Golden Sierra scored three of their touchdowns directly off Bradshaw turnovers and the fourth cancelled a sure scoring opportunity at the end of the first half. Highlands has been scoring 40+ points a game the last few weeks and holding their opponents to 14 or less so the Pride will need to step up their game on both sides of the ball.
1st 1:04 BC #8 Kyle Betts 6 yard run 2 point try failed 6-0
2nd 4:11 GS #6 Rosas 7 yard run Campbell kick good 6-7
2nd 1:41 GS #5 Lesher 5 yard run Campbell kick good 6-14
3rd 9:42 BC #24 Hawkins 45 yard run #2 Williams run good 14-14
3rd 5:47 GS #3 Campbell 43 yard run kick missed 14-20
3rd 1:00 GS #20 Sewell 33 yard run #3 Campbell run good 14-28
In other action Friday night:
Highlands beat San Juan 49-6
Rio Vista beat Encina 50-30
Capital Christian beat Dixon 34-20
Summerville beat Bret Harte 35-6
Brookside Christian beat Elliot Christian 48-6
Vacaville Christian bye
Game Six: BCS @ Rio Vista
Friday’s game in Rio Vista matched the two highest scoring offenses in the Sierra Delta League as the 2-3 Pride took on the 2-3 Rams. Instead of a high scoring shootout, fans that made the drive to Rio Vista and braved the windy night were treated to a defensive struggle until midway through the fourth quarter. With four players out due to injury the Pride took the field with several players in new positions or getting their first chance as a starter, and they all took advantage of the opportunity to contribute.
The Pride took the opening kickoff and marched methodically through the stubborn Ram defense, mounting a seventeen play drive that burned two thirds of the first quarter. BCS converted on four third downs and twice on fourth, including an eighteen yard touchdown pass from #2 Kevin Williams to his favorite target #31 tight end Luis Romero to cap the drive. After the Rams were flagged on the PAT for running into the kicker (Jennifer still converted) #65 Armando Velarde’s kickoff was a touchback and the Rams took over on their own twenty yard line.
Rio Vista answered the Pride’s long drive with one of their own, running thirteen plays to get to mid field but were unable to cross into Bradshaw territory. Following a touchback on the Rio Vista punt BCS mounted another long drive, going eighty yards on ten plays, capped by a fourteen yard quarterback sneak by #2 Williams. Going for a first down on a fourth and inches at the Rio Vista fourteen yard line Kevin burst through the line and broke tackles up the middle to put the Pride up by two scores.
The Rams again mounted a long drive, holding the ball for seven minutes and driving to the Pride goal line where the Rio ball carrier was hit and fumbled the ball. Kyle Betts recovered to keep the Rams out of the end zone and scoreless at the half.
Rio finally got on the board in the third quarter on a 24 yard run by #21 Chace Marlowe. Following the two point conversion the Rams trailed 13-8 two minutes in to the second half. The Pride drove to the Rio Vista four yard line but following a sack that stalled the drive Rio took over at the ten yard line. The Pride defense forced a Rio punt, but for the second week in a row a special teams mistake gave the ball back. But the Pride defense forced the Rams to punt again when #12 Gabe Miranda tackled the Rio ball carrier for a loss on third down.
The Pride held the ball for nine plays but the drive stalled at the Rio 27 yard line and the Rams took over. Their drive lasted one play as the Rams completed a pass to the 45 yard line where #28 Josh Mackey knocked the ball loose with a crushing hit and #51 Thomas Uebelhoer recovered. The Pride only needed six plays to drive in and score on a two yard run by #12 Miranda taking the score to 19-8. But the Rams kept pace when #21 Marlowe struck again, returning the kickoff to the BCS five yard line. The Rams scored on the next play and following the failed two point try the score was 19-14. One minute later #8 Kyle Betts scored for the Pride on a 54 yard run to take the score to 25-14 with five minutes left to play. The Rams looked to be on the move and threatening to score when they moved from their own 19 yard line to the BCS 37 when #31 Luis Romero stepped in front of a Rio pass and returned the ball for what appeared to be a touchdown. The return was called back but the Pride took over at their 39 yard line. Following long runs by #2 Williams and #8 Betts the Pride scored again on a two yard run by #37 Phillip Dye.
With the sidelines still celebrating the 32-14 lead the Pride kicked off to the Rams with 1:38 left in the game. On kick return coverage #11 Michael Francois suffered a broken leg that will end his season. Getting the start at defensive end filling in for an injured teammate Michael was having a great game as one of the Pride’s leading tacklers on the evening. Following surgery Saturday afternoon Michael is doing well and according to visitors planning on being home soon. Let’s keep Michael and his family in our hearts as he deals with this injury and pray for a speedy recovery.
In total four different BCS players were helped off the field Friday but Josh Criswell, Keawe Efhan, and Josh Mackey were all moving around well on Saturday for film study and look to be ready for Golden Sierra next Friday. Michael will join Jarod Wiggins, Marcus Goins, Dayn Wynbrandt, and Logan Newton who have all been sidelined with injuries this season but hope to return soon.
As you may have noticed there were some new names scoring for the Pride. Phillip Dye scored his first touchdown of the season, and Gabe Miranda scored his first touchdown ever for the Pride. Gabe also had six tackles on defense, second to only #66 Zach Rangel who had seven. Michael Francois, Kyle Betts, and Thomas Uebelhoer each had five tackles. With leading tackler #10 Logan Newton and two other starting defensive players (Marcus Goins, Dayn Wynbrandt) sidelined by injury there are more tackles to go around. And more carries for the running backs. In the Rio Vista game eight different Pride players carried the ball to combine for 350 yards on the ground. Kyle Betts was the leading rusher with 109 yards (on only four carries!) followed by Kevin Williams with 87 yards on twelve carries and Jakobe Hawkins with 74 yards on 17 tough carries. Before he was injured early in the second quarter #4 Josh Criswell had carried for 30 yards in the fullback position filling in for Logan Newton. In his first action in the backfield this season Gabe Miranda carried five times for 25 yards in addition to his touchdown.
Next up for the Pride is a meeting at home with Golden Sierra, fresh off their 35-12 win over Vacaville Christian. The Grizzlies are undefeated in league and looking for revenge for the 41-14 loss last year to the Pride during their Homecoming game, their only home loss of the season. Come out early to see the Pride JV go for their third win in a row as they take on the Grizzlies at 5:30. Varsity kickoff is at 7:00.
1st 3:44 BCS #2 Williams 18 yd pass to #31 Romero Lawson kick good 7-0
2nd 7:45 BCS #2 Williams 14 yd run Lawson kick good 13-0
3rd 9:40 RV #21 Marlowe 24 yd run 2 point try good 13-8
4th 6:13 BCS #12 Miranda 2 yd run 2 point try no good 19-8
4th 5:56 RV 1 yd run 2 point try no good 19-14
4th 4:48 BCS #8 Betts 54 yd run 2 point try no good 25-14
4th 1:38 BCS #37 Dye 2 yd run Lawson kick good 32-14
In other action Friday night:
Golden Sierra beat Vacaville Christian 35-12
Highlands beat Encina 40-6
Summerville beat Brookside 49-12
Amador beat Capital Christian 31-12
Vista del Lago beat Liberty Ranch 63-21
Maxwell beat Sierra Ridge / ROP 45-12
Week Five: BCS @ Vacaville Christian
Bradshaw Christian opened league play against long time rival Vacaville Christian Friday night in a hard hitting game played in Vacaville. The Pride defense rebounded from a tough night against Vista del Lago by shutting out the Falcon offense, holding them to 131 total yards, less than half of their season average. The tone was set in the first quarter when the Pride defense twice stopped the Falcons deep in BCS territory (10 and 11 yard lines) and gave the offense time to get on track. And once the offense got started the only thing that could stop them was the clock at the end of the game.
Following Armando Velarde punts the first two times they had the ball, the Pride scored on their next five possessions. The Pride marched 89 yards to take the lead on a 33 yard run by #24 Jakobe Hawkins midway through the second quarter. Following a quick three and out by the Falcons, the Pride was in the end zone again three minutes later on a one yard run by #2 Kevin Williams. Before the Falcons could get to half time the Pride scored again on another run by #24 Hawkins, this time from five yards out. BCS leads 21-0 at the half over the stunned Falcons.
Vacaville got the ball to start the second half and appeared to be getting on track when #8 Kyle Betts stepped in front of a #9 Nathaniel Short pass a the BCS 25 yard line and returned the interception to the Falcon 46 yard line. Five plays later #4 Josh Criswell carried the ball in from the three yard line to make the score 28-0 BCS.
The Falcons appeared to be moving the ball well against the Pride when #1 Josh Katt tipped a Nathaniel Short pass over the Falcon receiver to stall the drive and hand the ball back to the Pride offense, who scored again at the end of the third quarter on a one yard run by #4 Criswell to make the score 35-0 following #50 Jennifer Lawson’s fifth PAT of the night.
The Pride defense stymied the Falcon offense through the fourth quarter to preserve the first ever shutout by either team in this series dating back to BCS’ first season of 2006. These familiar foes have played each other eight times, with BCS winning the last five games dating back to the 2008 Section Title game.
While the Pride D-line shut down the Falcon running game and harassed their quarterback all night the BCS defensive backs (#1 Katt, #8 Betts, #7 Grant Dragmire, and #28 Josh Mackey) played a strong game allowing one catch for seven yards on eleven attempts by the Falcons. After the first quarter Vacaville never really threatened to score. In fact the Falcons only crossed into BCS territory twice and one of those trips was on a fumbled punt return by the Pride. Overall an outstanding effort by a defensive unit coming off a tough loss.
Next up for the Pride is a trip to Rio Vista for a game against the Rams. Rio Vista should be motivated following a tough 41-14 loss at Highlands. The Rams are averaging 38 points a game and over three hundred yards rushing so the Pride defense will be tested again. Plan on getting to Rio Vista early to support the Pride JV as they look to build on the momentum from their 28-6 victory over Rio Linda on Thursday. Kick off for the JV is at 5:30 with the Varsity game starting at 7:30.
2nd 7:05 BCS #24 Hawkins 33 yard run Lawson kick good 7-0
2nd 3:59 BCS #2 Williams 1 yard run Lawson kick good 14-0
2nd :09 BCS #24 Hawkins 5 yard run Lawson kick good 21-0
3rd 7:13 BCS #4 Criswell 3 yard run Lawson kick good 28-0
3rd :49 BCS #4 Criswell 1 yard run Lawson kick good 35-0
In other action Friday night:
Highlands beat Rio Vista 41-14
Encina beat San Juan 12-7
Vista del Lago beat El Dorado 79-14
Capital Christian lost to Amador 31-12
Summerville beat Hughson 35-34
Brookside Christian beat Bret Harte 56-49
Game Four: Home Sweet Home
After three weeks wandering Northern California, from Maxwell to Summerville, including a stop just up the road at Capital Christian, the Pride finally hosted their first home game of the season. BCS hosted 2011 Sierra Valley League Champ and Div III playoff team Vista Del Lago from Folsom. The Pride faithful and Vista fans packed the stadium on a perfect evening for football. Following the JV game (see the write-up on the JV page) the Pride took the field under the home lights for the first time.
The Pride took the opening kickoff and playing BCS style football mounted an eleven play drive from their fourteen yard line running the ball ten times and steadily moving the chains. They capped the drive with a 27 yard TD pass from #2 Kevin Williams to #31 Luis Romero with just over seven minutes left in the first. Following Jennifer Lawson’s extra point, BCS lined up to kick to Vista. Fourteen seconds and several missed tackles later the Eagles #22 Brad Rittenhouse had returned the ball 80 yards for a Vista touchdown. When the Pride’s next drive stalled at their own 25 yard line the Eagles took over and in their first play from scrimmage the #18 Matt Jimison hit #5 Harry Kozlowski with a 25 yard touchdown pass to take the lead. The Pride answered with a quick five play drive, including two more passes from Williams to Romero to set up second and six from the Vista 46 yard line. The O-line (#75 Nick Moody, #52 Jake Fiksdal, #71 Jered Walker, #66 Zach Rangel, and #65 Armando Velarde) blasted a hole up the middle for #10 Logan Newton and he was off to the races with a 46 yard touchdown run to even the score at fourteen. But the Eagles mounted a quick fifty yard drive to score at the end of the first quarter and take a 21 – 14 lead.
The second quarter was the difference in the game. The Pride had the ball five times in the quarter and turned it over twice on downs, once on an interception, and punted twice as the Eagles defense stiffened and never allowed Bradshaw past their own forty yard line. Vista had the ball five times and scored four touchdowns, including three through the air. By holding the Pride back in their end of the field the Eagles rapid fire spread offense only had to go an average of 35 yards to score and never held the ball more than five plays. By the time the dust settled the Pride went into the halftime down 49 – 14.
Playing for pride, BCS answered a 60 yard touchdown run by #20 Austin McGuire to open the second half with a seven play drive capped by #24 Jakobe Hawkins’ 1 yard touchdown run. When McGuire got loose again for a 40 yard touchdown, the Pride answered with a long eleven play drive culminating in a 26 yard touchdown by Hawkins. When the Pride defense halted the Eagles offense near midfield at the end of the third quarter, the offense came on to march 58 yards on ten plays burning half the fourth quarter and giving Hawkins his third touchdown of the night, a 25 yard run to end the scoring. The Pride defense came on to hold off the Eagles for nine plays to end the game, a tough home opener…
Something to think about. In the 2008 home opener against Sierra Ridge/ROP BCS wins 58-0. In the 2009 home opener against Summerville, Summerville wins 42-21 . In the 2010 home opener against Brookside Christian, Brookside wins 36-30. In the 2011 home opener against Summerville, Bradshaw wins 49-14. What’s the common thread? Bradshaw makes the playoffs and goes to the Section Title game all four years.
The Pride’s leading rusher for the game was Jakobe Hawkins, with 167 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns. Logan Newton had 17 carries for 107 yards and one touchdown. Luis Romero caught four passes for 54 yards and one touchdown. Besides his touchdown pass to Luis Romero and 57 yards passing Kevin Williams carried the ball ten times for 39 yards. Jennifer Lawson (#50) was a perfect 5 for 5 on PAT’s. On defense #51 Thomas Uebelhoer had six tackles, while #8 Kyle Betts and Logan had four tackles each. Phillip Dye (#37) had a good game on special teams including recovery of an onside kick in the third quarter which led to a BCS touchdown.
The Pride concludes their nonleague schedule with a record of 1 -3 against division III and IV teams including three that won at least one game in the playoffs last year. As they look ahead to their league schedule in the Sierra Delta League the landscape is quite different than it has been the last few years. The teams who have finished at the top of the standings the last two years, your Pride and the Highlands Scots, move into league play with identical 1 – 3 records against stiff competition while the other league teams come in more confident than in the past following more successful nonleague campaigns against division VI and VII competition.
The Pride will go on the road (again) to face longtime rival Vacaville Christian. The Pride comes into the game with a four game win streak against the Falcons on the line, dating back to the 2008 section title game won by the Pride 27-25. Vacaville brings a 3-1 record into the game averaging 38 points a game and coming off two strait shutouts on defense. Following a first game loss 78-0 to Damian High School (in Honolulu) the Falcons have run off three wins (Sierra Ridge/ROP, Stone Ridge Christian, and Millenium) and are looking to avenge last years’ 62-14 loss to the Pride. Coach Rickert and the boys will be heading to Vacaville with the thought of putting a rough loss behind them and starting league play with a win against a familiar foe. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 Friday. Be sure to get there early to get a seat…
1 7:17 BCS #2 Williams 27 yd pass to #31 Luis Romero Lawson kick good 7-0
1 7:03 VDL #22 Rittenhouse 80 kickoff return Mintz kick good 7-7
1 4:59 VDL #18 Jimison 25 yd pass to #5 Kozlowski Mintz kick good 7-14
1 2:50 BCS #10 Newton 46 yd run Lawson kick good 14-14
1 :09 VDL #18 Jimison 14 yd pass to #88 Kiam Mintz kick good 14-21
2 9:37 VDL #1 Pfeffer 3 yd run Mintz kick good 14-28
2 5:44 VDL #10 Rudelic 10 yd pass to #88 Kiam Mintz kick good 14-35
2 3:58 VDL #1 Pfeffer 1 yd run Mintz kick good 14-42
2 1:58 VDL #10 Rudelic 11 yd pass to Kozlowski Mintz kick good 14-49
3 11:42 VDL #20 McGuire 60 yd run Mintz kick good 14-56
3 8:37 BCS #24 Hawkins 4 yd run Lawson kick good 21-56
3 7:26 VDL #20 McGuire 40 yd run Mintz kick good 21-63
3 2:15 BCS #24 Hawkins 26 yd run Lawson kick good 28-63
4 8:20 BCS #24 Hawkins 25 yd run Lawson kick good 35-63
In other games Friday night:
Vacaville Christian beat Millenium 18-0
Rio Vista lost at Brookside Christian 32-12
Highlands lost at Bear River 29-28
Summerville beat Denair 48-6
Capital Christian beat McClatchy 48-9
San Juan beat Cristo Rey 41-0
Oakland beat Baltimore 3-2
Week Three: The One That Got Away
by John Finley
For those who made the trip to Tuolumne Friday night’s game turned out to be the most exciting Pride game since the comeback win against Highlands during the 2010 Homecoming game. After the long bus ride to Summerville (thanks Boosters) the boys came out ready to go against a Bear team looking to avenge two strait lopsided losses to BCS. Following an opening stand by the defense the Pride offense took over at their 38 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage Logan Newton followed blocks by #66 Zach Rangel and #65 Armando Velarde on the right side and cut back to gain 42 yards and immediately put the Bears on their heels. Nine plays later #7 Grant Dragmire plunged in from one yard out to give the Pride an early lead.
Summerville answered early in the second quarter when a Bear lineman broke through and stripped the ball from #2 Kevin Williams as he was releasing a pass and recovered deep in Pride territory. Three plays later #11 Jesse Roberson completed a fifteen yard pass to #36 Joey Brocchini to tie the score following the PAT. The Pride mounted drives of ten and eleven plays but were unable score and the half ended in a 7-7 tie.
The pace quickened in the third quarter as an opportunistic Summerville squad took advantage of Pride turnovers to score twice. But every time the Bears scored the Pride answered with a touchdown of their own. The highlight of the third was #66 Zach Rangel’s 40 yard scamper with a recovered fumble to score the Pride’s first defensive touchdown of the season. This was also the first career touchdown for the Pride’s All-League two-way lineman.
The fourth quarter started with a long BCS drive to even the score at 28 – 28 with a four yard TD pass from #11 Kevin Williams to #8 Kyle Betts (who was masquerading as #1 Josh Katt due to a uniform mishap earlier in the game). With 6:33 left to play the Bears mounted their longest drive of the night to go ahead on a six yard TD run by #34 Trevor Larson. BCS took over with seventy four yards to go and 3:31 to get there. The Pride mounted an eleven play drive kept alive by long runs by #24 Jakobe Hawkins and #11 Williams capped by an eight yard TD pass from Kevin to #10 Logan Newton with eleven seconds left to play.
Playing for the win the Pride went for the two point conversion as the stunned Summerville fans looked on. But it was their turn to celebrate as the Summerville defense stiffened and kept BCS out of the end zone. The Bears set up for the expected onside kick by #65 Armando Velarde with :11 showing on the clock . A wall of determined Pride players (Miranda, Wynbrandt, Francois, Mackey, and Goins) knocked the ball loose and covered it at the Summerville 48 yard line with nine seconds left on the clock. A quick roll out pass from #11 Kevin Williams to #31 Luis Romero moved the ball to the Summerville 28 yard line where he got out of bounds with :01 showing on the clock. The Pride set up for a forty five yard field goal attempt as the assembled crowd went nuts. The line held out the determined Summerville rush as Armando’s kick was away. Nobody breathed as the ball climbed through the cool mountain air toward the goal post and started to hook just a little left but still between the uprights. The Summerville crowd erupted in jubilation as Armando’s kick fell just short. For the first time the Pride was on the short end of a heart breaking down to the wire loss.
Overall the Pride offense was very close to their season averages for passing and rushing and scoring. Playing with a more familiar rushing heavy attack (282 yards rushing versus 136 through the air) the Pride held the ball for over thirty six minutes and ran 87 plays to 47 for Summerville. The Pride defense held the Bears under their rushing and passing averages for the season, but the stat that counts came out in favor of Summerville. The Bears took advantage of short fields and scored fourteen points off BCS turnovers to win the game and send the Pride home with a 1-2 record the first time the Pride has held a sub-.500 record since 2007.
Logan Newton (#10) was the Pride’s leading rusher with 109 yards on 19 punishing carries. Kevin Williams (#2) contributed 89 yards on ten carries and #24 Jakobe Hawkins had twelve carries for 45 yards. Kevin also completed 12 of 17 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Of the 12 completions seven resulted in a Pride first down or touchdown. All this behind the blocking of Nick Moody, Jake Fiksdal, Jered Wiggins, Jarod Walker, Zach Rangel, and Armando Velarde. On defense #38 Keawe Efhan was a standout on the D-line. On one play in the second quarter Keawe pushed TWO Summerville linemen into the backfield and disrupted the play resulting in a Bear punt. A strong rush was needed to contain Summerville’s 6’6” QB Roberson and his two 6’6” receivers #84 Morningstar and #88 Amayawood. Of course Zach Rangel’s touchdown was his highlight of the game but he played a great game in the middle and contributed five tackles. The leading Pride tackler was #13 Marcus Goins with seven. Luis Romero had six, Logan Newton had five and thirteen other BCS players recorded stops.
It was a tired BCS squad that gathered Saturday morning for film study and conditioning and most exciting to move in to the NEW high school weight room. The Pride now prepares for what some expect to be their toughest test of the season in Vista Del Lago. The Eagles come into the game with a 2-1 record including a 38-7 win over Bradshaw’s SDL rival Highlands. The Eagles will make the drive down from Folsom to play in the Pride’s home opener this Friday with a 5:00 JV game and the Varsity kickoff at 7:30. This will be the first ever home game for the JV so let’s make sure the stands are full early, and since Vista has close to 1500 students getting to the game early may be the only way to get a seat.
1st Q 5:50 BCS #7 Dragmire 1 yard run Lawson kick good 7-0
2nd Q 9:35 Sum #11 Roberson 15 yd pass to #36 Brocchini Roberson kick good 7-7
3rd Q 8:57 Sum #27 Tanner Kreig 1 yard run Roberson kick good 7-14
3rd Q 6:18 BCS #66 Zach Rangel 40 yard fumble return Lawson kick good 14-14
3rd Q 5:46 Sum #11 Roberson 40 yd pass to #24 Day Roberson kick good 14-21
3rd Q 3:22 BCS #10 Newton 10 yard run Lawson kick good 21-21
3rdQ :55 Sum #11Roberson 33 yard pass to #24 Day Roberson kick good 21-28
4thQ 6:33 BCS #2 Williams 4 yard pass to #1 Betts Lawson kick good 28-28
4thQ 3:31 Sum 34 Larsson 6 yard run Roberson kick good 28-35
4thQ :11 BCS #2 Williams 8 yard pass to Newton 2pt try failed 34-35
In other action Friday night:
Maxwell lost to Colusa 45-13
Capital Christian beat Lathrop 34-6
Vacaville Christian beat Stone Ridge Christian 44-0
Highlands lost to Lincoln 50-8
Rio Vista beat Esparto 55-13
Vista del Lago won by forfeit over Castlemont 2-0
Game #2 Recap: Bradshaw Christian @ Capital Christian
by Lou Correia
Some called it the “Fish Bowl”, after the Christian radio station “The Fish”, as these two protestant neighbors clashed for the first time in tackle football. There was nothing fishy about it. The game resembled World War I because of all of the trench warfare. The Bradshaw O-line fought valiantly, against a defensive line that outweighed them. The young Pride was tested as the Cougars stymied Bradshaw’s running game. (Isn’t that what non-league games are all about – getting tested?) In response to Capital’s stonewall, the Pride took to the air. Kevin Williams threw for 121 yards, connecting with seven different receivers including a spectacular acrobatic catch by Luis Romero in the second quarter. Three of those passes went for touchdowns to Josh Katt, Kyle Betts, and Grant Dragmire. Unfortunately, the Pride’s 21-points were insufficient to top the 38-points racked up by Capital Christian.
On the ground Bradshaw had five ball carriers attack the line of scrimmage for 105-yards. Jakoby Hawkins led all rushers with 49-yds, followed by Kevin Williams and Logan Newton. (The last time the Pride passed for more yardage than they rushed for was back in October of 2006, when Kevin Williams’ older brother, Alex, quarterbacked the first year varsity squad against Vacaville Christian. ) In addition to Kevin’s aerial display, other highlights were kick returns by Kyle Betts. The Pride was usually able to start near midfield following a Cougar kick-off and Kyle nearly returned one kick for a touchdown.
#38 Keave Efhan shone on defense, making four solo tackles and recovering a fumble. Other tacklers who stood out were Kyle Betts, Grant Dragmire, Thomas Uebelhoer, and Logan Newton. Other defensive highlights included additional fumble recoveries by Armando Valarde, Grant Dragmire, and Marcus Goins who sacked the Cougar quarterback, knocked the ball loose and recovered it to stop the opening drive of the second half.
This Friday the Pride takes a 100-mile road trip to Summerville high School. This is the fourth year the Pride face the Bears, with an overall record of 2 – 1.
1Q 2:06 CC #20 Sullivan 20-yd rush PAT run failed 0 – 6
2Q 9:43 BCS #2 Williams 9-yd pass to #1 Katt Lawson Kick Good 7 – 6
2Q 8:51 CC #9 Mosley – 55-yd rush PAT run good 7 – 14
2Q 7:29 CC #20 Sullivan: 40-yd fumble recovery PAT pass failed 7 – 20
2Q 3:36 BCS #2 Williams 37-yd pass to #8 Betts Lawson Kick Good 14 – 20
3Q 5:20 CC #8 Kirk 47-yd run PAT run failed 14 – 26
3Q 1:26 CC #8 Kirk 3-yd run PAT run failed 14 – 32
4Q 3:15 CC #9 Mosley 7-yd run PAT pass failed 14 – 38
4Q 0:22 BCS #2 Williams 5-yd pass to #7 Dragmire Lawson Kick Good 21 – 38
Other scores from Friday night:
Maxwell defeated Williams 40 –0
Summerville defeated Mariposa 37 – 0
Vacaville Christian def. Sierra Ridge 52 –20
Highlands lost to Vista del Lago 7 – 38
Rio Vista lost to East Nicolaus 26 – 34
You can always follow the Sierra Delta League at http://www.calpreps.com/2012/3_Sierra_Delta.htm
Season Opener in Maxwell
Here's a recap of Friday nights action by Lou Correia...
It was a rough night for your Bradshaw Christian Pride. Even twelve hours later, as the team gathered to nurse their wounds, the top subject of discussion continued to be how they were bloodied by the relentless aerial attack they faced in Maxwell. But enough about the mosquitoes…let’s talk football instead!
Bradshaw’s Varsity squad was ready to defend their Section Championship against the Maxwell Panthers, the 2012 Mountain Valley League champions - a battle between two teams reloading after graduating key players. But before the Varsity took the field the fans got to witness the inaugural game of the Pride’s JV squad. Though the final score found Bradshaw at the short end of a 14 – 6 score, the lessons learned will contribute to the tradition of Pride Football. Freshman QB Kyle Wilburn, scored the first JV touchdown in Bradshaw history on a quarterback keeper in the 1stquarter, and then showed he can play defense also with an interception, plus a 14-yd return, in the 2nd quarter. Freshman Austin Archuleta also shone on both sides of the ball, rushing for 55 yards on 13 carries, recovering a fumble, plus returning a kickoff for 14-yds and a punt for 28-yds. Other names to note are Chase Chamberlain grinding out 26-yds on offense, and defensive heroics courtesy of London Newton, Phil White, Logan Dunbar, and Mike Sinclair.
Then it was the Varsity’s turn to take the field. After trading possessions, the handoff went to #24, Jakoby Hawkins, and he took advantage of his first career carry for the Pride – dashing to his right, through a hole blasted open by Zach Rangel and the demolition experts of the O-line, Jacoby scampered 83-yds for a touchdown. Jennifer Lawson’s kick is good and the Pride were on their way.
Josh Criswell crossed the goal line three minutes later for the Pride’s second score. It was good to see Josh carry the ball after he missed last season with an injury. QB Kevin Williams began the second quarter plunging into the endzone for a score, and Hawkins wrapped up the first half of 2012 with another long touchdown run of 38-yds.
The third quarter turned into Panther time, with Maxwell striking for two TDs. The Pride needed to regroup fast, and they did it through the air. Kevin Williams throws an airstrike to a sprinting Luis Romero, returning the momentum to the Bradshaw side as Romero doesn’t stop until he is in the endzone 88-yds later. (Waiting for Coach to confirm the yardage from the game film but that sounds like a possible new record.) Hawkins finished the Pride scoring with a 16-yd TD, and the scout team took the field in the fourth quarter to hold the 42 – 13 Bradshaw Christian victory.
Defensively, the Pride were led by the tackling of #65, Armando Valarde. Adding to the tacklefest were takedowns by Thomas Uebelhoer, Gabe Miranda, Logan Newton, Josh Mackey and Kyle Betts. Valarde and Rangel also recovered fumbles, and the Panther QB (who led their league in passing) was stymied by the Pride secondary. Kyle Betts intercepted two passes Friday night as he begins a quest to break the school record of six – which Kyle set last year.
You’ve read about the scoring; here are the rushing stats: Hawkins finished the night with 171-yds, Logan Newton added 71-yds, and Criswell ran for 57-yds. Marcus Goins (36-yds) and Grant Dragmire (15-yds) rounded out the ground attack.
Overall a memorable night for the start of the football season,…and an infamous night for mosquitoes.
Next week features another road game; this one being a short drive up Bradshaw Road to Capital Christian. This is a game some have anticipated since a vicious championship mêlée back in 2006 Middle School Flag Football. A key to Capital’s game plan is two-way junior lineman Nifae Lealao, who tips the scales at 280-lbs and 6-foot-5 inches. The Capital Christian Cougars won their first game too, with a 47-3 trouncing of Golden Sierra.
1Q 8:54 BCS #24 Hawkins, 83-yd run Lawson kick good 7 - 0
1Q 5:32 BCS #4 Criswell, 11-yd run Lawson kick good 14 – 0
2Q 11:18 BCS #2 Williams, 1-yd run Lawson kick good 21 – 0
2Q 2:18 BCS #24 Hawkins, 38-yd run kick n/g 27 – 0
3Q 10:36 MAX #10, 7-yd run Kick good 27 – 7
3Q 7:17 MAX #10, 5-yd run Kick blocked 27 – 13
3Q 6:18 BCS 88-yd pass, #2 Williams to #31 Romero Lawson kick good 34 – 13
3Q 3:03 BCS #24 Hawkins, 16-yd run 2-pt PAT good 42 - 13
What a memorable game this afternoon (11/26/11) at the Lodi Grape Bowl. It was the #1 seed Pride vs. the #2 seed, for the CIFSJS Division VI Championship. Bradshaw Christian (10-1), wearing their home purple, and the crown of the Sierra-Delta League; squared up against the Foresthill Wildfires (10-1), the champions of the Sac Metro League. The Pride won the coin toss and elected to receive. It was high noon and time to rumble!
After watching the Foresthill kicker send the opening kickoff into the endzone the Pride began a methodical march down the field, ending with #48 Louis Correia bulldozing for a touchdown, thanks to the O-line handiwork of Ian Fowler, Jake Lakeman, Jake Fiksdal, and Zach Rangel. Jennifer Lawson’s kick is good and Bradshaw is on the scoreboard. Now it was Foresthill’s turn to show off their offense, but the Pride’s defense roared and stymied the Wildfires. With the ball back in the able hands of Bradshaw’s offense the Pride strike again. This time #24 L.J. Upshire finds the endzone, after being set up by a Kevin Williams 47-yd QB keeper into the redzone. Less than three minutes later L.J. has his own long run, galloping 43-yds for his second touchdown.
Now it looked like the Wildfires’ turn to strike – a long pass down the sidelines brought Foresthill to the Pride 6-yard line. Clearly it was Foresthill’s turn to score. But #12 Eric Osterman penetrates, tackling the Wildfire back for a negative yardage. Foresthill get confused, surrendering more yardage. On third down Zach “Bear” Rangel blasts through the Foresthill line to sack their Quarterback for a big loss, that forces them out of field goal range. An incompletion, and Foresthill is denied!
The next drive had lucky number 13 for L.J. Upshire, who set up a 13-yd TD with two other 13-yd waltzes. Foresthill then responds with a 59-yd pass play to finally get on the board. Foresthill lines up to kick the extra point, but David Ellis slices through the line to block the kick! It was such a monster block that it was worth giving up the TD just to watch David smother the ball. On the next series it was #4 Taylor Blackford’s turn for a big play, with Correia plowing the road before him he registers the longest run of the afternoon – a 54 yard breakaway for his first touchdown of the contest. Foresthill is again denied by the defensive heroics of men like Kyle Betts, Josh Katt (tackle for a loss), Ian Fowler, David Ellis, Jake Burg, Nick Moody, Erik Dulock, and the other usual suspects. This stonewall allowed Kevin Williams enough time to direct another scoring drive – romping 28-yds for his own TD with 16 seconds remaining in the half.
The second half begins with Foresthill receiving the kickoff…and four short plays later #64 Ian Fowler drives the Wildfire QB to the turf for a sack… the Pride take over on downs. Bradshaw grinds their way down the field again, culminating in Upshire’s fourth score of the battle. Foresthill’s offensive response is buried by the likes of #7 Grant Heisinger, #13 Gabe Miranda, #72 Cisco Hernandez, #10 Logan Newton plus others. Bradshaw slashes back with Blackford diving across the goal line, after a drive set up by long rushes care of Correia (27-yds) and Blackford himself (43-yds). The Wildfires again struggle to get something going; but Eric Osterman cuts down a runner for a loss, then Christian Gregory breaks through for an 11-yd sack, plus heroics by #81 Luke Goveas, and #77 Adrian Higuera; and it is time for the second string to take over in the fourth quarter.
With the clock running in the fourth (aka “the Mercy Rule”) The Pride engineer another drive, featuring a 17-yd romp by #42 Quang Nguyen, plus the first Varsity carries by Freshmen London Newton and Grant Dragmire; and concluding with Quang somersaulting into the endzone for the Pride’s final score, behind the blocking of Ryan Chamberlain, Samo Finley, and Kenton Fowler. Foresthill tries once more to get a drive going, but #80 Dayn Wynbrandt tackles the Wildfire QB on fourth down and the Pride offense runs out the clock. Final score 62 – 6.
So there you have it. The Bradshaw Christian Pride are your 2011 CIFSJS Division VI Champions. As for the State Bowl Game, the Pride made their case. Le Grand also made their case this evening, abusing Highlands for 58 – 20, to finish the year undefeated for the Division V Championship. (Here is a bit of trivia: the last team to defeat Le Grand 21 games ago was Bradshaw Christian.) And both Bradshaw & Le Grand are watching Ferndale in the North Coast Section…. Stay tuned.
Here is the Sac Bee article: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/27/4082098/bradshaw-christian-crushes-foresthill.html
Here is the SureWest Sports Show article: http://www.surewestsports.com/prep-news/article/2011/11/27/bradshaw-christian-captures-dvi-title
1Q 8:35 BC #48 Correia 4-yd run Lawson kick good 6 + 1
1Q 4:38 BC #24 Upshire 8-yd run Lawson kick good 6 + 1
1Q 1:48 BC #24 Upshire 43-yd run Lawson kick good 6 + 1
2Q 7:24 BC #24 Upshire 13-yd run Lawson kick good 6 + 1
2Q 5:08 F Foresthill 59-yd pass kick blocked 6
2Q 3:49 BC #4 Blackford 54-yd run Lawson kick good 6 + 1
2Q 0:16 BC #2 Williams 28-yd run Lawson kick good 6 + 1
3Q 7:39 BC #24 Upshire 24-yd run Lawson kick good 6 + 1
3Q 2:34 BC #4 Blackford 1-yd run Lawson kick good 6 + 1
4Q 8:15 BC #42 Nguyen 7-yd run Lawson kick blkd 6
- Taylor Blackford 194 yards
- L.J. Upshire 171 yards
- Louis Correia 109 yards
- Kevin Williams 101 yards
- Quang Nguyen 52 yards
- others... 13 yards
- TOTAL 638 yards!
- Luke Goveas 12
- David Ellis 11
- Eric Osterman 7
- Christian Gregory 6
- Zach Rangel 6
- Josh Katt 6
- Ian Fowler 5
- Kyle Betts 5
- Logan Newton 5