North Bakersfield at Tehachapi

September 17, 2010

Warriors running back #22 Phil Rhodes provided the winning touchdown on the evening on an impressive 40 yard catch and run in the third quarter.
Rhodes also added 84 yards rushing to spark the ground game in a 19-13 win over North. Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News

Mountain Football Defeats North
Warriors Overcome Mistakes To Record Win, 19-13

Posted September 20, 2010, by Tom Shea, The Tehachapi News

After falling to Garces the week before, the Warriors were able to exact revenge from their first loss of the season in a close 19-13 win at home over North last Friday night at Coy Burnett Field.

Both teams combined for 11 fumbles in the game and four turnovers overall, but despite the mistakes, Tehachapi provided enough offense to pull away and record their second win of the season.

"We shot ourselves in the foot on many occasions," said head coach Steve Denman. "For us to be successful, it we have to cut down on the turnovers and penalties."

With a 13-6 lead in the third quarter, Phil Rhodes provided Mountain Football with a much-needed spark on offense by hauling in a Bobby Howell touchdown pass, reversing field at the North 25-yard line to help Tehachapi pull away, 19-6.

North would answer the score with a 21 yard touchdown run later in the third period, but both defenses would stiffen and not allow any more points the rest of the game.

"It was good to get the win. We will continue to adjust and get better," added Denman. "We had some kids that stepped up and did some good things for us on both sides of the ball."

On defense, Adam Bullard recovered two fumbles while also recording a touchdown on special teams, taking advantage of a Travis Farewell punt block by falling on the ball in the endzone.

The offense was spearheaded in the ground game by Marcus Curiel, who had 17 carries for 141 yards and two catches for 11 yards. Phil Rhodes also had 84 yards rushing on 17 carries along with his 40 yard touchdown catch, while Levi Garrett had a six yard touchdown run at the beginning of the second quarter.

Up next for the Warriors will be a match-up with Burroughs-Ridgecrest on the road this Friday night. The Burros come into the game with a 3-0 record with victories over Hesperia, Highland-Palmdale and Lancaster.

A Second Salute To The 1980 CIF Champions

Earlier this season against Garces, members of the 1980 undefeated 13-0 Mountain Football team came together to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of a their historic season that had them finish as CIF Southern Section and Desert-Inyo League champions and the distinction as the #2 ranked team in Kern County behind West-Bakersfield at season's end.

Many players were in attendance to be recognized, but team members that were not present and deserving of recognition include Erik Oberg, Manuel Zendejas, Casey Hawn, Mark Ricker, Scott Pendley, Steve Bailey, Jim Burns, Mark Padgett, Mark Waddell, Thor Parker, Kirk Anderson, Duane Pettitt, and managers Paul Ogilvie, John Huston, Mark Ogilvie, and Jim Righetti. The team also wanted to give special appreciation to Coach Gary Ogilvie, Fred Schkade, Merv Huston and Grant Snyder for helping to build their character, along with recognizing coaches and players that have passed away in Coach Frank Crumpaker, Van Gamble (manager) and Chris Lorenz.

Defensive standouts #34 Zach Timm and #44 David Lara provided much needed pressure in the North backfield,
with both players combining for three sacks Friday night and seven tackles. Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News

Warriors 19 North High 13
Both Teams Combine For 11 Fumbles

Posted September 17, 2010, by Tom Shea, The Bakersfield Californian

TEHACHAPI In a night where execution miscues hampered Tehachapi and North from getting into a rhythm, the Warriors provided just enough consistency to pull out a 19-13 win at home.

Both offenses recorded 11 fumbles overall, with Tehachapi (2-1) stalling on two drives from costly fumbles deep in North territory, including two turnover on downs in the fourth quarter.

"We kept shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties and turnovers," said head coach Steve Denman. "You can't do that and expect to win."

Marcus Curiel was the workhorse for the Warriors with 141 yards on 17 carries, while Phil Rhodes had 84 yards on 17 attempts and a 40 yard touchdown reception from quarterback Bobby Howell to lead the offense.

Levi Garrett also scored on a six yard run to answer North's first touchdown of the game, a two-yard run by North's Juan Espinoza in the first quarter.

"We just need to cut down on the mistakes," added Denman. "It was a close game and we're happy to get the win but we need to continue to work and get better."

On defense, Tehachapi's Adam Bullard provided a spark with a punt block fumble recovery for a touchdown in the second quarter, while also recording two fumbles.

North faced a handicap from the onset of the game with the loss of the starting quarterback Nathan Tsosie early in the first quarter, but still had a strong passing game from Joseph Adams, who went 5-7 for 71 yards on the night.

Cody McWilliams led the Stars with 107 yards on 14 carries, scoring on a 21 yard run in the third quarter. Eric Terrazas led the Stars receiving corps with three catches for 47 yards, while Dontay Carrillo had three catches for 40 yards.

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
North   6  0   7  0 13
Tehachapi   0 13   6  0 19

The Scoring:

1st Quarter:

NHS - Espinoza 2 yard TD run (kick no good)

2nd Quarter:

THS - Garrett 6 yard TD run (Farewell kick)
THS - Bullard punt block recovery (kick no good)

3rd Quarter:

THS - Rhodes 40 yard TD pass from Howell (kick no good)
NHS - McWilliams 21 yard TD run (Cottle kick)


First Downs1011
Passing Yards9851
Total Yards183322

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING - Tehachapi: Curiel 17-141, Rhodes 17-84, Bullard 1-30, Garrett 1-6;
North: McWilliams 14-107, Carrillo 2-7

PASSING--Tehachapi: Howell 2-3-0-47, Garrett 1-4-0-4;
North: Adams 5-7 71; Adams 5-7-0-71 Tsosie 2-3-0-27

RECEIVING--Tehachapi: Rhodes 1-40, Curel 2-11;
North: Terrazas 3-47, Carrillo 3-40, Espinoza 1-10.

Varsity Tehachapi (2-1), North (1-1)

Junior Varsity - Tehachapi 31 North 8
Frosh - Tehachapi 22 North 14