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Bakersfield get past gritty Wasco team

In a much anticipated early season small-town vs. big-city showdown, Wasco fought hard, but Bakersfield was just a little too much, as the Drillers came away with a 35-13 win at home on Friday.

However the Tigers earned the Drillers’ respect by their physical play and strong effort.

“We were saying to each other, ‘Good luck, go win state,'” Bakersfield quarterback Asauni Rufus told the Bakersfield Californian. “Hey, if we both win, the county wins. We’re rooting for each other now.”

Rufus was efficient, going 7-for-9 for 161 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, plus 72 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Kevin Hayes was his leading receiver, with four catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. Derrick Vickers rushed six times for the Drillers for 88 yards and a touchdown. Johnathan Malone did a little of both, catching a 62-yard pass and rushing for a 55-yard score.

Wasco’s feature back Isaiah Sharp had a fine game, with 19 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown, but not the type of explosion Tiger fans have come accustomed to.

Austin Sutton also added an 18-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Grinner for the Tigers.

Following the game, Wasco head coach Russ Prado acknowledged the Drillers’ talent but refused to accept any sort of moral victory.

“Hey, we’re disappointed,” Prado told the Californian. “We don’t accept losing at Wasco, ever. That’s a great team over there, but we don’t believe in moral victories. You play a team like BHS, and you see really quick where you’re weak.”

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