Tehachapi at Liberty-Bakersfield

September 13, 2013

Senior defensive lineman Sean Casey #56 tries to strip the ball from a Patriot ball carrier last Friday night in Bakersfield. The highly touted Division I
power Patriots shutout the Warriors 34-0. It was the first shutout suffered by a Warrior team since 2003. Photo by Rod Thornburg, The Bakersfield Californian.

Liberty Pulls Away In 2nd Half
Mountain Football Blanked By Patriots

Posted on September 15, 2013 by Tom Shea, The Tehachapi News

Liberty was the no.5 ranked team in the central section and CalPreps.com heading into last Friday night.

The highly-touted Patriots showed why they were deserving of that recognition in a 34-0 shutout over the Warriors.

Tehachapi (1-2) did hang tough with Liberty through halftime. Mountain Football’s opportunistic defense gave up only a field goal and registered a turnover when Sean Casey recovered a fumble on a Thomas Blewett sack late in the second quarter.

The Warrior wing-t helped the defensive cause by ensuring that Liberty had only three drives in the first half, eating away at most of the clock with long run-sustaining marches. One of the Tehachapi drives that began at their own 10-yard line almost turned into a go-ahead score, with Christian Terle breaking a 30 yard rumble to set up a first and goal at the Liberty nine yard line. However, the Warriors ended up turning over the ball on downs four plays later.

Terle ended with 66 yards on 13 carries and Skylar Valencia had a team-high 78 yards on 20 carries. Tehachapi also had an additional 44 yards on the ground from the combined running of Bobby Sharp, Chris Rhodes, Tyler Kroeger, David Carter, Ty Curry and Anthony Curiel.

On defense, Dakota Medovitch led the team in tackles with seven. Ethan Averett, Steven Cross, Jerry Castaneda, Angel Garcia, Micah Fjeld, Willy Urciel, Blewett, Carter and Curry also had multiple tackle nights. Along with Blewett, Angel Garcia (two) and Trey Abarquez had quarterback sacks.

The Liberty defeat was the first shutout loss since the 2003 season in a 27-0 losing effort against Clovis East. That early test against a Division I power over decade ago proved to be beneficial for the Warriors in the long run, with Tehachapi going on to win the CIF championship later on that season.

Mountain Football will have another road contest this week against Arvin, who feel to South 43-23 last Friday night. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Warrior sophomore linebacker Thomas Blewett #40 hauls down a Liberty Patriot runner in action at Liberty High School in Bakersfield Friday night.
Liberty improved to 3-0 on the season by defeating the Warriors. Photo by Rod Thornburg, The Bakersfield Californian.

Patriots Big 3rd Quarter Sinks Warriors

Posted on September 14, 2013 by Joelle Milholm, The Bakersfield Californian

Liberty scored four touchdowns in the third quarter, and the Patriot defense stood its ground Friday in a 34-0 non-league victory over Tehachapi.

The Patriot defense held the Warriors to 159 yards of offense and forced them to turn it over on downs twice.

Tehachapi dropped to 1-2 on the season.

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
Tehachapi  0  0   0  0 00
Liberty  0  3  28  3 34

The Scoring:

Second Quarter:

L – Sullivan 35 FG

Third Quarter:

L – Medina 4 run (Sullivan kick)
L – Mariscal 8 run (Sullivan kick)
L – Harker 21 pass from Medina (Sullivan kick)
L – Mariscal 54 pass from Medina (Sullivan kick)

Fourth Quarter:

L – Sullivan 42 FG

Tehachapi vs Liberty Stats

First Downs11 15
Passing Yards2 211
Total Yards190371
Fumbles-Lost2-0 2-1

Individual Statistics:


Tehachapi: Valencia 20-78, Terle 13-66, Rhodes 2-17, Kroeger 1-8, Curiel 2-7, Sharp 1-5, Carter 1-4, Curry 1-3.
Liberty: Mariscal 10-132, Medina 5-13, Haney 4-13, Jountti 3-2. (unknown)


Tehachapi: Llamas 2-6-0 2. Liberty: Medina 11-13-1-195; Voth 1-1-0-16


Tehachapi: Soto 2-2. Liberty: Harker 3-88, Mariscal 2-43, Brewer 3-43, Puskarich 2-26, Metler 1-16, Jountti 1-7.

Varsity – Tehachapi (1-2), Liberty (3-0)

Junior Varsity - Tehachapi 14   Liberty 35
Frosh-Soph Game - Tehachapi 00   Liberty 50