Exeter at Tehachapi

August 30, 2013

Leading the Warrior offense Skylar Valencia, #10, scored a touchdown and rushed for 89 yards in Friday's season opener on Coy Burnett Field.
The Warriors lost to Exeter, 17-7, and now prepare for Burroughs-Ridgecrest this Friday night. Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News.

Warriors Lose Season Opener
Exeter Upsets Tehachapi at Home, 17-7

Posted on September 1, 2013 by Tom Shea, The Tehachapi News

Exeter opened up the 2013 season by recording one of the more surprising results of Central Section football games played last week, taking down heavily favored Tehachapi at Coy Burnett Field last Friday night, 17-7.

The Monarchs spoiled the Warriors home debut with a quick 10-0 lead in the first quarter, spearheaded with a goal line touchdown run by marquee back Austin Cardoza for the two score lead.

Cardoza led all rushers in the contest with 159 yards rushing by game's end.

Mountain Football could not get their footing throughout a majority of the game, ending their first offensive possession with a three-and-out and punting on five straight series, giving the Monarchs a 17-0 lead through three quarters.

Trying to push for a late comeback attempt, the Warriors did record a touchdown drive in the second half, registering five first downs on a 70-yard drive capped with a one yard Skylar Valencia touchdown run. Valencia would go on to be the leading rusher for the Warriors, logging in 89 yards on 16 carries.

The score seemed to be the spark that Tehachapi needed, playing inspired defense on Exeter's ensuing possession. David Carter recovered a fumble at the Exeter 25-yard line, but the Warriors could not cash in the momentum shift into points. The Monarchs eventually ran out the fourth quarter clock to secure the victory.

Chris Rhodes also helped pace the Tehachapi ground game with 47 yards on eight carries and Christian Terle had 36 yards on 13 carries. Victor Rodriguez connected on the Warriors PAT and had a touchback in the second half opening kickoff. Dakota Medovitch punted five times, averaging 33.2 yards per punt.

This year's contest against Exeter ends a four-year football commitment between THS and EHS. In three previous meetings, the Warriors defeated the Monarchs 38-25 (2010), 54-21 (2011) and 55-35 (2012).

Tehachapi will look to bounce back this week with another home game against Burroughs-Ridgecrest, who lost their home opener to Palmdale last week, 42-7.

The game will be this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Warriors Ty Curry, #42, David Carter, #9 and Sean Casey team up to tackle an Exeter ball carrier. Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News.

Exeter Shuts Down Tehachapi, 17-7

Posted on August 30, 2013 by Tom Shea, The Bakersfield Californian

TEHACHAPI -- Fueled by an inspired defense and a heavy dose of Austin Cardoza, Exeter steamrolled to a 17-7 win over Tehachapi on the mountain.

The Monarchs (1-0) scored on their first two possessions of the first quarter for an early 10-0 lead when Juan Castillo booted a 21 yard field goal and Austin Cardoza punched in a goal line score that capped a 60 yard drive.

Cardoza finished with 153 yards on 29 carries to pace Exeter’s offense on the ground, while Javier Brito provided the air assault, throwing for 12 completions and 120 yards passing. Alex Cortez was Brito’s main target on the night, hauling in eight catches for 70 yards.

Gus Canales added an insurance two yard run in the third quarter to ice the win for the Monarchs.

Overall, Exeter’s defense limited Tehachapi to only 158 yards of total offense, forcing five punts in the game and a pair of turnover on downs in the fourth quarter.

For Tehachapi (0-1), Skylar Valencia recorded a one yard score at the beginning of the fourth quarter and finished as the Warriors’ leading rusher with 89 yards on 16 carries.

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
Exeter 10  0   7  0 17
Tehachapi  0  0   0  7 07

The Scoring:

First Quarter:

EHS – Castillo 21 Yard Field Goal
EHS – Cardoza 1 Yard TD run (Castillo kick)

Third Quarter:

EHS – Canales 2 Yard TD run (Castillo kick)

Fourth Quarter:

THS – Valencia 1 Yard run (Rodriguez kick)

Exeter vs Tehachapi Stats

First Downs1911
Passing Yards1212
Total Yards303158
Penalties11-120 7-75

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING - Tehachapi: Valencia 16-89, Rhodes 8-47, Terle 13-36, Cross 2(-16).
Exeter: Cordoza 29-153, Cortez 3-14, Canales 3-8, Cox 2-2, Brito 5-(-24)

PASSING - Tehachapi: Cross 1-6-0 2. Exeter: Brito 12-21-0 120, Trujillo 1-1-0 4.

RECEIVING - Tehachapi: Soto 1-2. Exeter: Cortez 8-70, Cordoza 3-26, Holis 1-17, Zeibak 1-12.

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

Junior Varsity - Tehachapi 09   Exeter 06
Frosh-Soph Game - Tehachapi 00   Centennial 34