Chris Hannible bounced back.
Kevin Nutt went out.
And, with that, third-ranked Bakersfield High drilled No. 6 Edison 33-14 Friday night in a nonleague football game at Sunnyside Stadium that could have major seeding implications for the Central Section Division I playoffs in two months.
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Hannible, the Drillers' senior quarterback, turned the ball over three times in the first half on a fumble and two misfired pitches on option plays.
But the first-year starter collected himself in the double-wing offense and rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown and passed for a score as Bakersfield (2-0) wore down the Tigers (1-1) during a 23-7 second-half surge.
"I wasn't focusing and was trying to force things," Hannible said. "Then I had to straighten up after halftime and slow down. I need to start out like I ended."
Nose guard Shaq Garrett, linebackers Kyle Pope and Jeremiah Reddick and safety Silas Nacita – who also rushed for 114 yards and a score – overwhelmed Edison with a blitz-happy defense that was small but active and athletic.
And junior Parker Campbell – in the biggest offensive play of the night – provided the Drillers with an emotional boost by drilling a 47-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead with 1 minute, 10 seconds remaining in the first half.
Conversely, the loss of Tigers running back Nutt in the second quarter appeared to have the reverse emotional effect on Edison.
The sophomore broke his left wrist in two places in the second quarter and likely is out for the season. And this came a week after he rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown in a 21-0 season-opening win at Clovis East.
"He's close to a lot of guys," Tigers coach Tim McDonald said. "It was tough, we had to pick some guys up and our [lack of] depth really showed early."
McDonald, back for his second term with the program this season, then pointed to the superiority of Bakersfield – the winningest football program in state history – which outgained Edison 357-196 a year after mauling the Tigers 45-0 in Kern County.
"They made more plays, won more one-on-one battles and were better prepared," McDonald said. "They're a better football team than we are right now. But we're a pretty good football team that's going to learn from this and get better."