Eagles Slam Rams for Third Straight Mission Bowl Victory By Knight Jarecki

Knight Jarecki, contributor

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Photographer David Meshreky                                                                                  The Bakersfield Christian Varsity Eagles Football team defeated the Garces Rams by a final score of 22-0 Friday night. The opening game was a historic night for both programs. With a total of 9 turnovers and a combined 14 penalties, each team faced challenges throughout the first half of the game.

In the first half, both teams failed to score at all resulting in a 0-0 tie at the half despite the Eagles having several opportunities in the red zone. Quarterback Dominic Gamboni threw two crucial first half interceptions including one in the end zone after a huge fumble recovery by Ben Yurosek inside the 5-yard line.

The second half proved to be different for the Eagles right from the start. Cornerback Ronnie Simril had a quick interception to start the half off for the Eagles. This led to an 18-yard touchdown run by senior running back David Stevenson. Then halfway through the 3rd quarter, the game came to a screeching halt. Injuries on both teams resulted in a 30-minute delay that left teams waiting for another ambulance.

After the long break, it was Jess Wattenbarger’s game. The junior running back came into the game and absolutely dominated, scoring two separate 4th quarter touchdowns and also, running for a 2-point conversion resulting in the Eagles lead of 22-0.

The defense proved strong for the Eagles in this game, holding Garces to a total of 14 yards including causing the Garces quarterbacks to go a combined 1/6 for – 1 yards.

On the Eagles side of the ball, senior quarterback Dominic Gamboni finished 15/28 for 118 yards and 3 interceptions. Junior Jess Wattenbarger finished with 123 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while senior David Stevenson rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown himself.

Garces (0-1) looks to improve next week as they face St. Joseph (1-0) in their home opener. BCHS (1-0) aims to stay undefeated as they travel up to Visalia to face Milk Bowl rivals Central Valley Christian (0-1) who are coming off a 35-7 loss to St. Joseph.