Exeter at Tehachapi

September 2, 2011

Warrior senior running back Wyatt Vance #34 had a break out game Friday night against Exeter rushing for 186 yards in 10 carries and scoring 4 TD's.
The Warriors overwhelmed the Monarchs 54-21 in the season opener at Coy Burnett Field. Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News.

Tehachapi Opens Season
With 54-21 Drubbing Over Exeter

Posted by Tom Shea, The Tehachapi News on Sep. 3, 2011

The floodgates were opened early and Tehachapi never looked back in a 54-21 thrashing over Exeter last Friday night.

The Monarchs simply could not contain the galaxy of weapons at the Warriors disposal, notably senior running back Wyatt Vance, who had four touchdowns and 168 yards rushing for the mountain wing-t attack.

"We were expecting a grudge match but our line helped us break open a couple of good runs," said Vance. "They took us to the end. Even though the score was what it was, it still felt like a close game the entire time."

Overall, Tehachapi racked up an impressive 546 yards of total offense, 413 on the ground and 133 passing by quarterback Bobby Howell, who connected with Cory Lange for three completions and a touchdown on the night.

Midway through the third quarter, Tehachapi scored on a one-yard run by Marcus Curiel to build their lead to 47-13, setting the stage for other Warriors to see the field.

Christian Terle led all second half runners with 106 yards on 10 carries, while Ty Curry had an 18-yard touchdown run to close out the Tehachapi scoring onslaught.

On defense, Lange also had a punt block and fumble recovery for a touchdown, while Miles Villareal recorded an interception and David Lara and Adam Bullard fumble recoveries.

Now that the first game in the books, the Warriors will get down to business with a meeting with Garces scheduled this Friday night at Sam Tobias Field in Bakersfield.

Garces currently holds the Ogilvie Bowl Trophy, a tradition started in 2007 in honor of Gary Ogilvie, a prominent figure in both the Tehachapi and Garces Memorial Football programs.

Ogilvie was a standout quarterback for Garces during his playing days, guiding the Rams to their first ever Valley Championship in 1953 and serving as the school's head coach from 1964-1969. During his six years at Garces, his teams won several SSL championships.

Ogilvie then moved to Tehachapi where he was the head coach two different times, from 1971 to 1974, and from 1979 to 1981. During that period, his Warriors teams went 68-12, capturing four DIL championships and one CIF section championship.

The Ogilvie Bowl series is tied 2-2 between the Warriors and Rams, while Tehachapi holds the all-time school series lead by a slim 19-18-2 margin.

"Oh man, this is the most important game, Last year we took it hard when we lost to them in the regular season and it was our driving force for the rest of the year," said Warrior linebacker Adam Bullard. "If we stay strong we'll always keep getting better. That's our mindset right now. We want to keep driving."

Warrior senior Adam Bullard leads the 2011 Warriors onto Coy Burnett Field
for the season opener Friday night September 2, 2011, versus the Exeter Monarchs.
Bullard was a defensive star on the 2010 Warrior team that captured a Division II
CIF Central Section championship. Photo by The Tehachapi News.

Warrior Offense Overwhelms Monarchs
Wyatt Vance Scores 4 TD's

Posted by Tom Shea, The Bakersfield Californian on Sep. 2, 2011

TEHACHAPI - It was a big play extravaganza on the mountain, with the Warriors showing no signs of early season rust in a dominating 54-21 win over Exeter.

For Tehachapi, Wyatt Vance made his debut as another weapon in the vaunted Tehachapi offensive arsenal, registering 165 yards on eight carries in the first two quarters, scoring three touchdowns of 58, 72 and five yards to help Tehachapi build a 34-13 halftime lead.

"Wyatt did well and overall our guys did a good job on offensive side of the ball," said head coach Steve Denman. "The kids were flying around and creating opportunities. That's all you can really ask for."

Cory Lange also had two scores in the contest, recording a 68 yard touchdown pass from Bobby Howell in first half action. On Tehachapi's next defensive series, Lange registered a punt block and four yard fumble recovery for a score.

Vance and Marcus Curiel put the exclamation point on the night with two scores early in the third quarter for a 47-13 lead, making way for the rest of the Warriors to finish out the game.

Christian Terle had a strong second half for Tehachapi with 106 yards, while Ty Curry scored on an 18-yard jaunt. The Warriors finished with 546 yards of total offense, 413 yards on the ground and 133 through the air.

For Exeter, Zach Vernon finished 15-29 for 336 yards and two touchdowns to Jacob Sertich.

Sertich was the leading receiver on the night with eight completions for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Chase Roldan led the ground game with 100 yards on 18 carries for the Monarchs.

Up next for Tehachapi is a match up with Garces in the Ogilvie Bowl next Friday night.

“We’re happy to get this first game win but we have to turn around quickly and get ready for next week,” added Denman. “It will be a big test. Garces is always a challenge for us.”

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
Exeter  0 13   8  0 21
Tehachapi  7 27  20  0 54

The Scoring:

First Quarter:

T — Vance 58 yard run (Scaggs kick)

Second Quarter:

T — Lange 68 yard pass from Howell (Scaggs kick)
T — Punt Block, Lange 4 run (run failed)
T — Vance 72 yard run (Scaggs kick)
E — Sertich 30 yard pass from Vernon (Alvarez kick)
T — Vance 5 yard run (Scaggs kick)
E — Rolden 80 yard run (Pass failed)

Third Quarter:

T — Vance 3 yard run (Kick Failed)
T — Curiel 1 yard run (Scaggs kick)
T — Curry 18 yard run (Scaggs kick)
E — Sertich 11 yard catch from Vernon (Roldan run)


First Downs1612
Passing Yards336133
Total Yards462546

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING - Tehachapi: Vance 10-168, Terle 10-106, Curiel 9-34, Curry 2-29, Castaneda 2-28, Lange 1-15, Carter 5-12, Howell 2-11, Jones 6-10, Perez 1-0, Lara 1-0;
Exeter: Roldan 18-100, Kunkel 4-14, Garcia 7-12, Vernon 1-1, Norris 1-(-1)

PASSING - Tehachapi: Howell 3-4-0-133; Exeter: Vernon 15-29-1-336.

RECEIVING - Tehachapi: Lange 3-133; Exeter: Sertich 8-186, Hensley 1-70, Knox 2-41, Tilley 2-22, Kunkel 2-17

Varsity – Tehachapi (1-0), Exeter (0-1)

Junior Varsity - Tehachapi 13 Exeter 14
No Frosh Game