A Warrior running back is brought down by a Garces defender in a 1953 game in Tehachapi.
Led by quarterback Gary Ogilvie, the 1953 Rams defeated Tehachapi, 25-0, for the first time in school history.
Ogilvie would go on to coach at both Garces and Tehachapi. The Warriors will travel to rival Garces Friday night in the
annual "Ogilvie Bowl". Photo Credit: 1953-54 Garces High Yearbook

SSL Ramblings
Warriors Travel To Bakersfield For Rivalry Game

Posted by thswarriors.com on September 7, 2011

The Tehachapi Warriors will roll down the mountain this Friday night to tangle with the Garces Rams in the annual rivalry game at Sam Tobias Field. Game time is 7:30 pm.

Tehachapi is riding high after an opening week route of Exeter High School and now own a 13 game winning streak dating back to the second week of the 2010 season. The last Warrior defeat? A thumping from Garces at Sam Tobias last September.

One thing that will be on the mind of the Garces coaches this week is #34 Wyatt Vance. Vance, a senior, had a break-out game against Exeter rushing for 168 yards on just 10 carries, and scoring 4 TD's. As a junior last year, Vance had 6 carries and rushed for 17 yards --- the entire season.

Great news for Warrior fans in that the rivalry game will be broadcast LIVE on KERN Newstalk Radio 1180 AM as the featured game of the week.

Warrior fans and alumni can also listen to the game anywhere in the country by clicking here and listening to KERN Newstalk Radio 1180 AM Bakersfield streaming radio.

Meet the Garces Rams

Garces won their opening game of the season with an impressive 37 to 20 win over Cypress High School in Mission Viejo. Quarterback Philip Anspach put on an aerial display connecting on 9 passes in 13 attempts. His passing skills resulted in 243 passing yards and two touchdowns. Angus Bellue caught 3 passes for 113 yards and Jake Sweeney hauled in 4 passes for 95 yards.

One thing is for sure --- Garces will be ready for the Warriors. The rivalry is alive and well after the Warriors upset the Rams in Bakersfield in the semi-finals of the playoffs last fall. The loss resulted in a final 10-2 season record for Garces, the defending Southeast Yosemite League champions.

QB Gary Ogilvie (1953)

The Ogilvie Bowl

The annual contest between Garces and Tehachapi is now named the "Ogilvie Bowl" after long time coach Gary Ogilvie. The winner of the game gets to keep the Ogilvie Bowl Trophy for one year --- with the trophy handed out for the first time in 2007.

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 Desert-Inyo League 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.

Around the South Sequoia League (SSL)

The SSL went 4-2 in Week 0 action, with Tehachapi, Taft, Wasco, and Shafter all earning victories. One eye popping result was the high scoring affair between Taft and Golden Valley-Bakersfield, a game in which the Wildcats won 56-44.

Every SSL team will have their hands full this week with quality opponents --- Shafter having one of the biggest challenges traveling to two time CIF Division III finalist (2010 & 2009) Porterville.