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December 20, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
Bakersfield has opened a 42-17 lead over Loomis Del Oro through three quarters in the CIF state Division I championship bowl game at StubHub Center in Carson. Jeremiah Reddick scored on a 47-yard run and Derrick Vickers added a short touhdown run after Desmond Stancil returned an interception to the Del Oro 1-yard line.   
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December 20, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
Bakersfield has defeated Loomis Del Oro 56-26 to win the CIF state Division I championship bowl game at StubHub Center in Carson. It was the Drillers' first state title since 1927 and record seventh overall. Asauni Rufus threw a touchdown pass and ran for two more scores and Jeremiah Reddick added two scoring runs for Bakersfield (13-2), the Central Section champion. "It hasn't sunk in yet, I'm still in disbelief," said Rufus, who has committed to Nevada, where he'll likely play defensive back.
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December 20, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
Quarterback Brandon Jones has thrown a five-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Kuchta and run for a two-yard score to give Bakersfield Christian a 14-10 lead over Modesto Central Catholic through one quarter of play in the CIF state Division IV championship bowl game at StubHub Center in Carson. Jared Rice returned a fumble 22 yards to tie the game midway through the quarter and Kenny Smart booted a 30-yard field goal with 46 seconds left to pull Central Catholic within four points.  
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December 20, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
It's been a grueling season for Modesto Central Catholic, but in the end it was all worth it for the Eagles, who got 103 yards rushing from freshman Montell Bland and capitalized on three Bakersfield Christian turnovers to earn a 36-23 victory Friday afternoon in the CIF state Division IV championship bowl game at StubHub Center in Carson. Central Catholic (15-1), which established the largest margin of victory in state bowl history with a 66-7 rout of Santa Fe Christian in last year's Division IV game, set another record Friday by becoming the first California high school team to play 16 games in back-to-back seasons.
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December 20, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC returns to the Las Vegas Bowl for the first time since 2001 with hopes of defeating Fresno State and ending its tumultuous season with 10 victories. Staff writer Gary Klein examines the story lines: Bakersfield boys USC quarterback Cody Kessler and Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr both grew up in Bakersfield and are friends. Kessler, a third-year sophomore, has passed for 2,623 yards and 16 touchdowns, with six passes intercepted. Kessler goes against a Fresno State secondary led by safety Derron Smith, who has a team-best six interceptions.
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December 15, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
If atmosphere counts, if having fans in seats, fans who make noise, who clap or boo or even just go buy a hot dog, if any of that matters, then USC had no chance Sunday at Galen Center against Cal State Bakersfield. But if it is the team that should provide the atmosphere, if it is the team that is supposed to make the fans clap or boo or stand and shout, then USC also should have had no chance against Bakersfield. The Trojans, coming off their two best victories of the season, against Xavier and Boston College, played with the energy of Santa Claus after he traveled around the world and dropped off his last gift.
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December 14, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
USC VS CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD When: 7. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV, Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 710. Records: USC 6-3, Cal State Bakersfield 5-5. Update: The Trojans have won six of their last eight games. USC had a season-high five players score in double figures in its last win, 78-62, over Boston College. Bakersfield has lost four in a row after putting together a five-game winning streak. This will be the first meeting between the two teams.
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December 13, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Los Angeles View Park Prep, the City Section Division III champion, struggled in its trip to Bakersfield on Friday night and was beaten by Bakersfield Christian, 40-8, in a CIF state regional championship Southern California Division IV football bowl game at Centennial High. Bakersfield Christian (12-2) advances to the Dec. 20 Division IV championship game at 4 p.m. at the StubHub Center in Carson against Modesto Central Catholic, a 17-14 winner over Oakland McClymonds. Matt Smith scored three touchdowns for Bakersfield Christian.
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December 10, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC quarterback Cody Kessler and Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr both grew up and played high school football in Bakersfield. So the city located about two hours north of Los Angeles, and two hours south of Fresno, could be split when USC plays Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 21. "People in Bakersfield are making it a big deal," Kessler said. "It's going to be fun. " Kessler, a third-year sophomore who attended Bakersfield Centennial High, and Carr, a fifth-year senior who played at Bakersfield Christian High, have worked out together and have been friends for about six years.
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