The 2016 Bakersfield Drillers will play all of their games away from home this season with Griffith Field under its year long construction but Thursday night was their first "home" game this season.
BHS hosted Chaminade of West Hills at BC's Memorial Stadium falling in a back and forth affair 28-20.
The Drillers fourth fumble of the night inside Chaminade's five yard line with less than 40 seconds to play proved to be the difference."When two great teams play it always comes down to turnovers. Always," said Drillers' coach Paul Golla.
Despite falling behind early the Drillers bounced back with Shane Jones running in a score and Caden Ochoa intercepting a Brevin White pass taking it all the way for six points and a 13-7 BHS lead.
The Eagles would retake the lead at 14-13 but in the second half Joe Conley would give it right back to the Drillers running in a triple option strike.
But then the fumbles started flowing. First Trayvone Jackson would lose the handle resulting in a Chaminade touchdown then a botched pitch from quarterback Josh Maran and then another Jackson fumble would give the Eagles great field position throughout the night.
Through it all the defense was resilient and forced a three and out to get the offense back out on the field for one last shot to tie. But another fumble, this time with under 40 seconds to play at the five yard line, cost the Drillers the game.
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