Golden Valley-Bakersfield at Tehachapi

October 23, 2015

Warrior defensive back Caleb Huebner #42 moves in to assist in the tackle of a Golden Valley running back Friday night in Tehachapi.
The Warriors defeated Golden Valley, 49-19, much to the delight of the large homecoming crowd in attendance at Coy Burnett Field.   Photo by TBC Media Group.

Warriors Make Splashy Return
In Delayed Homecoming Game

Posted on October 24, 2015 by John Nelson, The Tehachapi News

It was a victory worthy of homecoming, even if it did come a week late.

Tehachapi’s Warriors got off to a slow start, then rallied behind the explosive running of Keyron Scott to beat Golden Valley High School 49-19 on Friday night, Oct. 23,
in the South Yosemite League. Scott scored four touchdowns and ran for 156 yards, giving him 1,174 yards rushing with two games left in the season.

“Keyron is a great running back, maybe the best we've had in years,” said senior quarterback Lars Olofson, who had a rushing touchdown of his own.

Even with Scott’s performance and the hoopla and ceremony of homecoming, it was hard to ignore the elephant in the room.

Next on the Warriors’ schedule — in their final home game of the season — is Ridgeview, the only undefeated team in Kern County and one of only three in the entire CIF Central Section.

Tehachapi (6-1) and Ridgeview both go into the game undefeated in the SYL, although at 2-0 the Warriors have played one less game. “They’ve got a Division 1 quarterback
who’s going to Iowa State next year,” Warriors head coach Steve Denman said. “They’re the best team in the county. We’ll have to be disciplined and play our game.”

A lot of responsibilities will fall on the defense against Ridgeview. So far this season, they’ve responded.

“Ridgeview has a lot of speed,” linebacker and defensive captain Angel Garcia said. “Good for them. We’ve got a defense. We can play.”

That was evident on homecoming night.

The Warriors fell behind the Bulldogs 7-0 midway through the first quarter, then scored four consecutive touchdowns for a 28-7 lead. Scott had scoring runs
of 29, 23 and 16 yards in the second quarter as Tehachapi ran up 240 of its total 382 rushing yards by halftime.

“We were a little sluggish at the start,” Denman said. “Golden Valley has some athletes, but then our defense settled down and our offense got in a groove. We played a really good first half.”

Some of the early rust could have been attributed to an unscheduled week off. The Warriors were supposed to have played their homecoming game a week earlier against East Bakersfield.

That’s when the skies opened up, however, as flash floods and mudslides closed many of the local roads. The East Bakersfield game was canceled, and homecoming was delayed one week.

“Rusty? I don’t think so, not too much,” Olofson said. “Coaches worked us pretty hard last week, and that’s probably why. They didn’t want us to be rusty.”

Golden Valley came out in the second half obviously intent on testing that theory.

Golden Valley forced the Warriors to punt on their first possession of the second half. After a big punt return put them in good field position, the Bulldogs marched
50 yards for a touchdown with 4:47 left in the third quarter, making it 28-13.

The Warriors had to punt again early in the fourth quarter from their own 30. The snap went over punter Oscar Lins’ head, and when he tried to pick it up, the wall was ripped from his hands.

Golden Valley’s Chandler Guevera finally fell on the ball in Tehachapi’s end zone for a touchdown, and the Bulldogs cut the lead to 28-19 with 10:39 left in the quarter. "

They made some adjustments to us at halftime, but then we adjusted to their adjustments,” Denman said.

Tehachapi scored three more times in the final quarter on runs by Scott, Olofson and Phillipe Vachon, totally dominating the the final 10 minutes. Troy Noda had
Tehachapi’s other scoring run, 7-yarder late in the first quarter.

Scott’s four touchdowns gave him 14 for the season. He carried the ball 20 times in the game. Also breaking the century mark was fullback Noah Whitlach, who gained 107 yards on 16 carries.

Garcia led the defense with nine solo tackles. Nathan Collier picked off a Golden Valley pass, and Thomas Blewett added a fumble recovery for Tehachapi.

Counting a bye week earlier and the cancellation, the Warriors hadn’t played a home game in five weeks. So, who could blame them for being a little homesick on homecoming?

“It felt like forever since we played at home,” Olofson said. “It was great to get back.”

Warrior QB Lars Olofson runs the ball against Golden Valley Friday night in Tehachapi. Olofson scored
one TD in the game on a QB bootleg play.   Photo by TBC Media Group.

Tehachapi 49 Golden Valley-Bakersfield 19
Keyron Scott: 4 TD's, 156 Yards Rushing

Posted on October 23, 2015 by Tom Shea, Bakersfield Californian

TEHACHAPI – After spotting the Bulldogs a touchdown on their opening drive of the game, the Warriors reeled off 28-unanswered points in the first half to cruise to a 49-19 victory over Golden Valley on their homecoming night.

Tehachapi (6-1; 2-0 SYL) bulldozed for 240 yards by halftime, led by Keyron Scott’s three touchdown runs in the second quarter. Scott finished with 156 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Noah Whitlach also paced the Warrior rushing attack with 107 yards rushing. Troy Noda and Lars Olofson combined for 96 yards on the ground and a touchdown apiece while Philippe Vachon also had a touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, Angel Garcia had nine tackles for Tehachapi, while Thomas Blewett had a fumble recovery and Nathan Collier had an interception.

For Golden Valley (3-5; 0-3 SYL), Jordan Brownen scored on a 7-yard fake field goal run to cap a 12-play, 65 yard drive on the game’s first drive. Tyler Watters led the Bulldog offense with 11 completions for 69 yards, connecting with Da’vione Thomasson for a two yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.

Tyler Thompson led the Bulldog ground game with 72 yards rushing. Chandler Guevara also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown off an errant punt snap from the Warriors in the third quarter.

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
Golden Valley  7  0  12  0 19
Tehachapi  7 21   0 21 49

The Scoring:

First quarter:

GVH — Brownen 7 run (Benitez kick)
THS — Noda 7 run (Lins kick)

Second quarter:

THS — Scott 29 run (Lins kick)
THS — Scott 23 run (Lins kick)
THS — Scott 16 run (Lins kick)

Third quarter:

GVH — Thomasson 2 pass fromWatters (kick blocked)
GVH — Guevara fumble rec in endzone (pass failed)

Fourth quarter:

THS — Scott 4 run (Lins kick)
THS — Olofson 11 run (Lins kick)
THS — Vachon 1 run (Lins kick)

Golden Valley vs Tehachapi

First Downs8 17
Passing Yards69 9
Comp-Att-Int11-20-1 1-1-0
Total Yards189360

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING—Tehachapi: Tehachapi: Scott 20-156, Whitlach 16-107, Noda 5-49, Olofson 4-47, Vachon 4-11, Macon 2-6, Powell 2-6, TEAM 1-(-31).
Golden Valley: Thompson 19-72, Watters 11-41, Brownen 1-7.

PASSING—Tehachapi: Olofson 1-1-0-09. Golden Valley: Watters 11-20-1 69.

RECEIVING—Tehachapi: Walters 1-9. Golden Valley: Mason 4-30, Lopez 2-25, Thompson 1-9, Abraham 3-4, Thomasson 1-2

Varsity – Tehachapi (6-1; 2-0 SYL), Golden Valley (3-5; 0-3 SYL)

Junior Varsity - Tehachapi 13    Golden Valley 07
Frosh-Soph Game - Tehachapi 43    Golden Valley 38