Tehachapi at Burroughs

August 31, 2012

Tehachapi running back Jorge Garcia #23 picked up a first down on this play in second quarter action. Garcia went to log 57 yards rushing
in the Warriors second victory of the season in Ridgecrest. Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News.

Reaching Out For The Win
Warriors Pull Away In Seesaw 4th Quarter, 22-15

Posted by Tom Shea, The Tehachapi News on Sep. 1, 2012

For nearly the first 40 minutes of the game, it was all about defense in the desert.

Then came the fireworks in the fourth quarter, with both teams trading scoring exchanges and Tehachapi eventually pulling away from Burroughs in a 22-15 victory.

Christian Terle ran for a 37-yard run on Tehachapi’s first play from scrimmage to open the game, but for the rest of the first three quarters Burroughs would go on to stymie Mountain Football, forcing two turnover on downs, three punts and registering two fumble recoveries.

Down 7-0 in the fourth quarter, Terle and the Warriors were able to find the endzone on a two yard goal line run, set up on a long sustaining drive that recorded five first downs and 66 total yards.

After the touchdown, Burroughs was flagged for two of their 15 penalties on the evening, giving Tehachapi a two-point try from the one yard line. Jorge Garcia made good on the attempt on a run through the Burro defensive front, giving Tehachapi an 8-7 lead.

The Warriors seemed to put the game away for good when David Carter intercepted a pass at the 36 yard line and ran it back for a touchdown on the next Burroughs drive. After a Dalton Scaggs kick, Tehachapi was up 15-7 with three minutes to go.

However, Burroughs would not go away quietly, scoring on their next series on a nine-yard touchdown completion. The score was capped with a two point conversion to tie the game 15-15 with 1:25 remaining.

The next offensive series for the Warriors provided the highlight of the night when Skylar Valencia took a sweep down the left sideline and froze the Burros defensive backfield with a cut towards the middle of the field, outracing everyone for a 52 yard touchdown run with 48 seconds left on the clock.

The Tehachapi defense held back Burroughs on their final possession by forcing a turnover on downs to escape with a win at Ridgecrest.

Mountain Football was led by sacks from Ryle Snowder, Logan Smith and Kiefer Fincher and interceptions from Dakota Medovitch, Angel Garcia and Carter.

On offense, the Warriors had 321 rushing yards, led by Valencia with 135 yards rushing on eight carries, Terle with 132 yards rushing in 23 attempts and Garcia with 57 yards rushing on 12 carries.

Bobby Howell also had three completions for 93 yards, connecting with Ryan Flick on two passes for 50 yards and Scaggs on a long 43 yard completion.

Up next for Tehachapi is their first home game this Friday night against Liberty, who is coming off a 10-9 defeat to Central-Fresno last week. The game will start at 7:30 p.m.

A key play by the Tehachapi defense came later in the second quarter as Burroughs was driving toward the goal line. Ryle Snowder #2 broke through the scrimmage
line to snag a piece of the Burros quarterback’s jersey and held on for a 10-yard loss thwarting the BHS drive. Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News

Warriors Rally In 4th Quuarter
To Defeat Burros, 22-15

Posted by Tom Shea, The Bakersfield Californian on Sep. 1, 2012

RIDGECREST – What started as a defensive battle for three quarters turned into a thriller in the final minutes of the game, with Tehachapi escaping Burroughs with a 22-15 victory.

Burroughs started strong in the contest by stopping the Warriors after the opening kickoff, and further set the tone by marching downfield with precision passing from E.J. Watts to set up a Tyrone Jones a one yard touchdown run.

The score would remain 7-0 Burroughs for three quarters, with Tehachapi finally answering with their first points with just over five minutes left in the game.

The Warriors reached the end zone on a 66-yard drive, ending in a Christian Terle two yard touchdown run. In a gutsy move, the Warriors elected to go for two, and Jorge Garcia made good on the conversion run to give the Warriors an 8-7 lead.

David Carter would help Tehachapi get some breathing room on the scoreboard with a 36-yard interception return for a score with three minutes remaining, but Burroughs would not go away quietly.

On the next Burros series, Tehachapi intercepted deep in their own territory but fumbled the ball back to Burroughs on the return downfield. With new life, Burroughs would eventually tie the contest with just over a minute left in the game on a Zach Todd nine yard touchdown pass from Watts and a two-point Jones run.

On the ensuing drive for the Warriors, Skylar Valencia put the game away with 48 seconds remaining on a sweep and cut-back 52 yard touchdown run. The Tehachapi defense would force a turnover on downs on the Burroughs next drive to end the game.

Terle and Valencia combined for 252 yards on the ground for the Warriors, while Bobby Howell had 93 yards passing, hitting Ryan Flick on two passes for 50 yards and Dalton Scaggs on a 43 yard completion.

For Burroughs, EJ Watts had 267 yards on 19 completions and a touchdown, with Jackson French hauling in a game high eight catches for 129 yards.

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
Tehachapi  0  0   0 22 22
Burroughs  7  0   0  8 15

The Scoring:

First Quarter:

B – Jones 1 yard run (Crescencio kick)

Fourth Quarter:

T – Terle 2 yard run (Garcia run)
T – Carter 36 yard interception return (Scaggs kick)
B – Todd 9 yard pass from Watts (Jones run)
T – Valencia 52 yard run (Scaggs kick)


First Downs
Passing Yards93267
Total Yards414373

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING - Tehachapi – Valencia 8-135, Terle 23-132, Garcia 12-57, Rhodes 2-7, Jones 1-1, Howell 2-(-11). Burroughs – Watts 12-47, Jones 2-31, French 3-20, Baker 9-6, Applequist 1-2.

PASSING - Tehachapi: Howell 3-11-0-93; Burroughs: Watts 19-34-3-267.

RECEIVING - Tehachapi: Scaggs 1-43, Flick 2-50. Burroughs – French 8-129, Joes 2-62, Sanford 4-47, Todd 5-29.

Varsity – Tehachapi (2-0), Burroughs (0-2)

Junior Varsity - Tehachapi 26 Burroughs 18
Frosh-Soph Game - Tehachapi 20 Burroughs 22