Break Away (Nathaniel Vamvas)
Saddleback football may have started the season at No. 12 in the nation and took their first win of the year against the Orange Coast Pirates bringing them to No. 10, but when it came to their first league game against Bakersfield the Gauchos did not see the same results.
In the game against Orange Coast College, Saddleback quarterback Brad Curtis was able to throw a 31-yard pass to Tavaurus Abram followed by a touchdown produced by Donnell Dickerson. Curtis also accomplished 20-of-34 passes for 252 years and two other touchdowns. Saddleback’s defense picked up six sacks in the game.
Bakersfield was able to take advantage of the opening kick-off resulting in a fumble gaining the first touch-down of the game. Saddleback did return quickly with two touch downs followed by a field goal giving them a lead of 17-13 at the half.
The Gauchos almost saw an end to the third quarter with a comfortable lead of 24-13 given to them by Rodney Woodland until Bakersfield put together two 20 yard passes followed by multiple plays giving them yards into the teens.
Saddleback lost 41-24 and is now ranked No. 21 according to JCGridiron Dirty Thirty Team Rankings 2010 but the team plans to work their way back up to the top 10 in their game this Saturday against Chaffey at home.