Delano Tigers at Tehachapi

November 10, 2016

Warrior running back Anthony Powell rumbles for yardage Thursday night at Coy Burnett Field. Powell scored one TD
as Tehachapi defeated Delano, 27-0, to advance to the second round of the DIII valley playoffs.
The Warriors play Tulare Western this Thursday night.  Photo by Rodney Thornburg, The Bakersfield Californian.

Warriors Blank Delano 27-0
In First Round Of Tourney

Posted on November 11, 2016 by John Nelson, The Tehachapi News

Keyron Scott scored two touchdowns, including a 74-yarder that sparked a 15-point third quarter, and Tehachapi defeated Delano 27-0 in the first round of the CIF-CS Division III playoffs Thursday night, Nov. 10.

With the Warriors leading just 6-0 at halftime, Scott took a handoff from quarterback Chris Garcia on the second play of the second half, split tackles up the middle and ran 74 yards for a touchdown at the 11:16 mark of the third quarter.

Scott ran for a 2-point conversion, and the Warriors led 14-0.

After the Warriors kicked off, Delano ran just one play before Tigers quarterback Ramon Ortega threw an interception right into the hands of Warriors defensive back Philippe Vachon from his own 27-yard line. Vachon ran it down the left sideline, and Tehachapi had struck twice in less than a minute for a 21-0 lead.

Scott made it 27-0 with 1:30 left in the third quarter when he scampered 24 yards for another touchdown.

Anthony Powell gave the Warriors a 6-0 lead with a 6-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

In the second round of the playoffs, the seventh-seeded Warriors now must travel to Tulare to face No. 2 seed Tulare Western on Thursday night, Nov. 17. The game will be played at Tulare Union High School. Tulare Western drew a first-round bye.

Warrior defender Tanner Herman stretches out in an attempt to block the Delano punt. The Warrior defense blanked Delano 27-0
to advance in the valley playoffs.   Photo by Rodney Thornburg, The Bakersfield Californian.

Warriors Blank Delano in DIII Playoff Game

Posted by Tom Shea, The Bakersfield Californian, on Nov. 10, 2016.

TEHACHAPI – Led by a stingy defense and an opportunistic offense, the Warriors recorded their first playoff victory since the 2013 season in a 27-0 victory over Delano on the mountain.

No. 7 seeded Tehachapi (6-5) was led on offense by Keyron Scott, who had 167 yards rushing and two big third quarter touchdown runs of 74 and 25 yards to pull away from the visiting No. 10 seeded Tigers.

“Delano is real physical team. Going in, we knew this was going to be an in-the-trenches type game,” said Tehachapi head coach Steven Denman. “We were able to capitalize on a big third quarter and eventually Keyron was able to get loose, pop one and he was gone.”

The Warriors had an opportunity to score early in the contest when Jonathon Eppler recovered a fumble on the Delano 14-yard line, but the Tigers forced a turnover on downs to keep the game knotted at 0-0.

Tehachapi would get on the scoreboard on their next possession, orchestrating a 9-play, 74 yard drive that was finished off with a six-yard touchdown run by Anthony Powell.

That would prove to the only scoring the Warriors would need, with the defense dominating throughout the game by forcing four punts, four turnovers-on-downs and two turnovers.

“Defense played great tonight. They kept us in the game,” said head coach Steve Denman. “We were happy with how our guys responded from start to finish.”

In addition to Eppler’s fumble recovery, the other Warriors’ turnover came off an interception by Philippe Vachon in the third quarter that was returned 27-yards for a touchdown.

For Delano (4-7), Jayson Grijalva recorded a game-high five receptions for 62 yards, while Angel Urquieta had 67 yards rushing.

Other contributors for the Tigers in the ground game included Joseph Ramirez and Ramon Ortega with 49 yards and 44 yards rushing, respectively.

Warrior defender Patrick Grimes tracks down a Delano runner Thursday night in Tehachapi. The Warriors
whipped Delano, 27-0, to advance in the DIII tournament.   Photo by Rodney Thornburg, The Bakersfield Californian.

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
Delano  0  0   0  0 00
Tehachapi  6  0  21  0 27

The Scoring:

1st Quarter:

T – Powell 6 run (kick failed)

3rd Quarter:

T – Scott 74 run (Scott run)
T – Vachon 27 interception return (Graham kick)
T – Scott 25 run (kick failed)

Delano vs Tehachapi Stats

First Downs
Rushes-Yards51-175 38-300
Passing Yards 67 0
Total Yards 242 300

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING—Tehachapi: Scott 14-167, Powell 12-63, Metzler 6-44, Dean 3-22, Mata 2-9, Garcia 1-(-5).
Delano: Urquieta 15-67, Ramirez 10-49, Ortega 17-44, Aguilar 5-19, Gomez 4-(-4).

PASSING—Tehachapi: Garcia 0-2-1. Delano: Ortega 6-12-1.

RECEIVING—Tehachapi: None. Delano: Grijalva 5-62, Urquieta 1-5.

Varsity Records: Tehachapi 6-5. Delano High 4-7.