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Wasco shakes off determined BCHS for D-4 title

The Bakersfield Christian Eagles ignored all the condescending voices telling them they were supposed to be happy to be there. They made it to that far for a reason and their intentions were to knock off Wasco for the Division IV Valley Championship.

However the Tigers had been waited since their last Valley Championship in 1952 and they would not go away easily.

The Eagles were the first to get on the board and they took a 12-7 lead into halftime. They extended that lead to 15-7 with a field goal in third quarter.

Wasco tied the game with 1:05 left in the third quarter with a 48-yard Casper Lopez touchdown run and the ensuing two-point conversion.

Early in the fourth quarter, Hayden Kuchta’s 13-yard touchdown run gave the Eagles the lead again at 22-15. But Wasco’s explosive sophomore running back Isaiah Sharp busted a 68-yard touchdown run to tie the game again with 9:58 remaining.

Sharp gave the Tigers a 29-22 lead with three minutes remaining.

The Eagles had one last chance and they started driving. However Wasco defensive back Terrance Grinner put an end to that with an interception with 46 seconds remaining, thanks in large part to the pass rush of his teammate Kris Aguilar.

Wasco took a knee for a 29-22 Division IV Valley Championship victory, extend its record to 13-0 and now the Tigers have state aspirations in mind.

“We went 13-0. We deserve a shot at the state (playoffs),” Prado told the Bakersfield Californian. “Our boys deserved it.”

Sharp rushed for 265 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries. The Eagles’ sophomore dynamic running back Matt Smith rushed 22 times for 103 yards in the contest.

Aguilar recorded two sacks in the contest for the Wasco defense.

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