COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL
No. 8 Bakersfield (3-3) at No. 19 Ventura (3-3)
VC Sportsplex, 6 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Hancock 35, Bakersfield 28; Cerritos 31, Ventura 24
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SERIES HISTORY: Bakersfield leads the series, 24-5-1, in a series
dating back to 1932. Last year, the Renegades won 27-24 in overtime at
GAME FACTS: This may serve as an elimination game after both teams dropped their Northern Conference openers last week. Ventura remains
No. 5 in total defense (284.3 ypg), No. 3 against the run (75.0 ypg)
and leads Southern California with 28 sacks. Meanwhile, Bakersfield
has struggled protecting its passers, allowing 22 sacks. LB P.J.
Gremaud is averaging 10.2 tackles per game, placing him in the Top 5
regionally. DE Daniel Miller and LB Donovan Brownlee have combined for
10.5 sacks. Bakersfield QB Brian Duboski (46-for-96 passing, 669
yards, 6 TDs, 5 ints.) has been inefficient since taking over the
starting job after Brian Burrell suffered a shoulder injury Sept. 17.
But RB Jalen Sykes (111 att., 509 yards, 2 TDs) and WR Brandon Hobdy
(26 rec., 423 yards, 4 TDs) are powerful weapons. The red zone will be
a concern for VC. Bakersfield is one of the best in Southern
California, having scored on 15 of 17 red-zone possessions, including
13 TDs, while only allowing 10 TDs in 21 chances, defensively. Ventura
has scored just 10 TDs in 20 red-zone possessions while allowing
points on 15 of 16 trips, defensively. Both teams are among the Top 10
in turnover margin, having forced 13 takeaways each. Ventura CB Jordan
Howard has been a weapon on special teams, averaging 13.0 yards per
punt return and 32.6 yards per kickoff return.
No. 9 Moorpark (4-2) at Long Beach City (2-4)
Veterans Stadium, 1 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Long Beach 31, L.A. Harbor 28; Moorpark 31, Antelope Valley 24
SERIES HISTORY: Moorpark leads the series, 3-2. The Raiders won 34-0 last year.
GAME FACTS: This could develop into a quarterback shootout between Long Beach's Ryan Craighead and Moorpark's Nick Owens. Craighead
(148-of-263 passing, 2,066 yards, 20 TDs, 9 ints.) leads Southern
California in passing and is No. 2 in total offense (335.7 ypg). WR
Travon Payne (34 rec., 574 yards) has scored seven times in four games
and WR Willie Bobbitt (43 rec., 519 yards, 6 TDs) is averaging a TD
per game. QB Nick Owens (93-of-174 passing, 1,279 yards, 15 TDs, 4
ints.) has been near flawless in Moorpark's three-game winning streak
and has his own dynamic WR duo in Donnel Robinson (32 rec., 654 yards,
8 TDs) and DeAndre Hutchins (23 rec., 329, 5 TDs). Craighead will have
to deal with a Moorpark defense that is tops in Southern California
against the pass (132.2 ypg) and on third down (22.3 percent). The
Raiders are No. 3 in total defense (251.3 ypg) and No. 6 in scoring
defense (20.3 ppg). While Long Beach has attempted the least amount of
running plays in the region, Moorpark RB William Franklin (83 att.,
354 yards, 3 TDs) heads up a four-pronged ground attack. Moorpark P
David Sandler (40.3 ypp) is No. 4 in punting.