Eagles Defeat CVC Again for the Valley Championship!

Knight Jarecki, Contributor


The Bakersfield Christian Eagles Defeated the Central Valley Christian Cavaliers with a final score of 28-14 on Friday night. The win marks the 2nd Valley Championship for the Eagles in the last four years.

The Bakersfield Christian Eagles came into Friday’s matchup with one goal on their mind. Win Valley. The Eagles had lost the previous two valley championships to the San Joaquin Memorial Panthers, and were set on winning the championship this year. While Memorial moved up a division, another team had to replace the Panthers. Central Valley Christian, a team the Eagles are very familiar with since playing a rivalry game annually since 2003, took Memorial’s place. CVC took an unusual path to the valley championship. Being an eight seed in the bracket, the Cavaliers had to play the underdogs on their road to Valley. CVC upset the number one seed Kingsburg in the quarterfinals giving the home-field advantage to BCHS for all of the valley playoffs.

Before the game, light showers made the field slick. After fumbling in their first possession, the Eagles were able to take an early 7-0 lead on a Jess Wattenbarger 2-yard run. To end the first half, senior Dylan Parcher burst through the offensive line, causing a fumble and giving the Eagles the ball to end the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Jess Wattenbarger was able to find the end zone again, this time on a 27-yard touchdown run extending the Eagles lead to 14-0 with 6:32 left in the first half of action. CVC then responded with a long drive of their own ending with a 6-yard touchdown run by Logan Jacobi, cutting the lead in half to 14-7 with 3:14 to go in the second quarter. The ensuing possession for the Eagles was a big one as senior Dominic Gamboni was able to find tight end Ben Yurosek on a 68-yard pass down the left sideline, making the lead 14 points once again at 21-7. Dominic Gamboni finished the half 9/10 after starting with nine straight completions to open the game.

In the 3rd quarter, Gamboni once again found Yurosek on an 11-yard touchdown pass giving the Eagles a firm 28-7 lead in the second half of football. The rest of the third quarter and most of the fourth quarter was filled with a great deal of time management and great defensive stops by the Eagles until Logan Jacobi found the end zone for his second touchdown of the game for CVC splitting the score at 28-14 with 2:04 left in the game. The Eagles were able to run out the rest of the time and hang onto the 28-14 victory.
Dominic Gamboni finished the game 13/19 for 189 and 2 scores. Tight End Ben Yurosek finished with five catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Logan Jacobi for CVC had two touchdowns on the ground for the Cavaliers.

CVC (9-5) ends their season at the valley championship after miraculously making the title game as an eight seed. The Cavaliers made an impressive turnaround to their year after starting 0-2 and being outscored by their opponents 71-7 to begin the season.

BCHS (10-3) claim their first valley championship since the 2016 season in which they made it to the state championship game. The Eagles will host the 3A Southern California State Championship game Saturday night at 6 pm against Sunny Hills (Fullerton). If the Eagles advance past Saturday, they will play the winner of the North Championship’s Rancho Cotate and Sierra Manteca for the 3-A State Title.