Tehachapi at Foothill-Bakersfield Trojans

August 28, 2015

Warrior QB Lars Olofson hands the ball to running back Keyron Scott #21 in Friday night action at Foothill High School in Bakersfield.
The Warriors defeated Foothill, 49-2, as Keyron Scott erupted for 268 yards rushing and two touchdowns.   Photo by TBC Media Group.

Warriors Win 2015 Football Opener
49-2 Over Foothill-Bakersfield

Posted on August 29, 2015 by Tom John Nelson, The Tehachapi News

BAKERSFIELD — Credit the defense, and some creative running by junior Keyron Scott.

The Warriors scored 21 points in the first quarter and held Foothill to just one 2-point safety for the game as they won their 2015 opener 49-2 on Friday night, Aug. 28.

“It’s a good start,” head varsity coach Steve Denman said. “Anytime you come away with a win, it’s a good thing.”

Scott ran for first-quarter touchdowns of 35 and 39 yards, accounting for 286 yards of Tehachapi’s 412 yards rushing for the game.

“All the credit goes to my offensive line,” Scott said.

Yet, it was the defense that not only shut the door on Foothill but also scored two of the Warriors’ seven touchdowns — three if you’re a little loose with the details.

The warriors scored 1:30 into the game on a 24-yard return of an interception by Tanner Herman, who picked off a pass in the right flat and raced virtually untouched into the end zone.

Then, five minutes into the second quarter, defensive lineman Israel Guerrero picked up a punt blocked by Daniel Wight and Thomas Blewett, returning it 10 yards for a TD that made it 28-0.

Quarterback Lars Olofson completed just one of three passing attempts, but the one completion was a 12-yarder to Jake Walters to the Trojans 3 that set up Taydin Macon’s touchdown with 2:35 left in the first half for a 35-0 lead.

The Trojans got their only points of the game against the Warriors offense after downing a punt on the Tehachapi 1-yard line. On the next play, with 52 seconds left, Foothill trapped Macon in the end zone for a safety, and the score was 35-2 at halftime.

“We still have some little things to work on,” Denman said on the field after the game. “We made some mistakes, but we knew we would. We’ll know more after we break down the film.”

Tehachapi outscored Foothill 14-0 in the third quarter, and the two teams played a scoreless fourth as the Warriors began to substitute freely.

On the Warriors’ first play from scrimmage after receiving the second-half kickoff, Scott got around the left corner and raced 74 yards to the 1-yard line. After one unsuccessful attempt from the 1, senior linebacker-defensive lineman Angel Garcia lined up in the backfield.

The 250-pound, 5-foot-11 Garcia took the handoff and bulldozed through the line for a TD the defense probably would like to have claimed as its third of the night. It was, however, technically an offensive touchdown.

Tehachapi ate up most of the rest of the third-quarter clock with an 11-play drive that ended when 205-pound Anthony Powell bulled over from the 6 with 2:28 left in the quarter for a 49-2 lead.

The big play of the drive came when Noah Whitlach took a handoff from backup QB Paul Stephens and ran it 26 yards to the Foothill 37. One play later, the Trojans were hit with a 10-yard penalty that moved the ball to the 27, and five plays later, Powell scored.

“We ran hard, we played hard, we tackled hard, and I think that’s the most important thing we did this game,” Denman said. “We played hard the whole game.”

The Warriors open at home on Friday night, Sept. 4 against Burroughs of Ridgecrest, which lost its first game of the season at home to Palmdale, 14-6.

The Warriors opened their 2014 season against the same two teams, beating Foothill 42-12 at home and losing at Burroughs 35-21. The Warriors defense could be the key once again against Burroughs.

“They run a wide open offense, and they’re very disciplined on defense,” Denman said. “They’re a very good team.”

Warriors Defeat Foothill In Season Opener 49-2
Scott Runs For 2 TD's and 286 Rushing Yards

Posted on August 29, 2015 by Tom Shea, The Bakersfield Californian

The Warriors’ season started off in impressive fashion last Friday night in Bakersfield, scoring five unanswered touchdowns in the first half en route to a 49-2 drubbing over Foothill.

Tehachapi (1-0) set the tone early on defense when Tanner Herman recorded an interception and raced 24 yards for a touchdown within the first two minutes of the game.

Fueled by the fast start on defense, Keyron Scott put the game away for good on offense with two back-to-back touchdown runs, finishing the night with an impressive 286 yards rushing on only 14 carries. Scott’s night puts him third all-time in THS football history for single game rushing yards, just behind Josh Strauss (304 yards in 2008 vs. Rosamond) and Eric Young (291 yards in 1989 vs. Mojave).

Other rushing touchdowns on the evening came from Taydin Macon, Anthony Powell and Angel Garcia. Lars Olofson also completed a pass to Jake Walters for 12 yards, while Walters also had a 26-yard run in the second half.

On special teams, Daniel Wight recorded a punt block midway through the second quarter, with an opportunistic Israel Guerrero scooping up the live ball and running 10 yards to the endzone for a touchdown. Oscar Lins also was a perfect 7-for-7 on point after attempts and had two touchbacks on kickoffs.

Recording multiple tackles on defense for the Warriors were Wight, Herman, Guerrero, Colten Eaton, Jackson Caudle, Angel Garcia, Nicholas Blewett, Johnathon Eppler, Cameron Walsh, Carson Bethany, Thomas Blewett, Troy Noda, Favian Garcia, Jacob Gonzales, Tad Dill, Josiah Lundquist and Nathan Collier. Noda also had an interception while Nicholas Blewett and Eppler had sacks.

The Warriors will be in action again this Friday night at Coy Burnett Field against Burroughs-Ridgecrest, who are coming off a narrow 14-6 loss to Palmdale. The varsity contest will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
Tehachapi 21 14  14  0 49
Foothill  0  2   0  0 02

The Scoring:

First Quarter Summary:

Teh -- Herman 24 yard interception return (Lins kick) 10:30
Teh -- Scott 35 yard run (Lins kick) 4:12
Teh -- Scott 39 yard run (Lins kick) 0:40

Second Quarter Summary:

Teh -- Guerrero 10 yard punt block fumble return (Lins kick) 7:14
Teh -- Macon 3 yard run (Lins kick) 2:35
FHS -- Fonceca tackle for Safety 0:52

Third Quarter Summary:

Teh -- Garcia 1 yard run (Lins kick) 10:56
Teh -- Powell 6 yard run (Lins kick) 2:28

Tehachapi vs Foothill Stats

First Downs13 13
Rushes-Yards37-412 34-129
Passing Yards1296
Comp-Att-Int1-3-0 10-23-2
Total Yards424 225
Punts1-25.0 5-24.5
Fumbles-Lost1-1 2-1
Penalties5-35 6-40

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING—Tehachapi: Scott 14-286, Vachon 7-12, Macon 4-41, Powell 4-26, Whitlach 3-20, Walters 1-26, Ledesma 2-3, Garcia 1-1..
Foothill: Marillo 17-109, Carcamo 8-23, Pastor 1-3, Santana 7-3, TEAM 1-(-9).

PASSING—Tehachapi: Olofson 1-3-0 12. Foothill: Santana 10-23-2-96

RECEIVING—Tehachapi: Walters 1-12. Foothill: Carcamo 3-38, Gallegos 1-35, Villegas 4-17, Cisneros 1-7, Marillo 1-(-1).

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

Junior Varsity - Tehachapi 35    Foothill 00
Frosh-Soph Game - Tehachapi 28    Foothill 14