Tehachapi at North High (Bakersfield)

September 16, 2011

Bobby Howell stretches out on a quarterback keeper in the first quarter to give Tehachapi a 7-0 lead.
The Warriors would go on to record a shutout for their second win of the season, 21-0.
Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News

Tehachapi's Defense Smothers North, 21-0

Posted by Tom Shea, The Bakersfield Californian on Sep. 16, 2011

Bakersfield - Showcasing an explosive offense their first two games of the season, Tehachapi switched gears by putting their defense on display in a 21-0 shutout victory over North.

Tehachapi (2-1) limited the Stars to only 119 yards of total offense, forcing five punts and three turnovers.

One of the turnovers set the tone early with a punt block that was recovered by Jack Blewett at the North 1-yard line.

Two plays later, Bobby Howell scored on a quarterback keeper to put the Warriors up 7-0. The rushing touchdown was one of few early offensive highlights for Tehachapi, which was held to only 72 yards rushing in the first half.

"We played a great defensive game, but overall we have a long way to go," said Tehachapi coach Steve Denman. "We made some big plays but we're not doing the fundamentals right. It was ugly, but it was a win."

Tehachapi was stymied on offense with 11 penalties for 90 yards. Despite the miscues, Tehachapi was able to get a 63-yard touchdown reception by Cory Lange before halftime and a 10-yard rush by Marcus Curiel to put the game away with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Curiel was the leading rusher in the contest with 147 yards on 13 carries, with 124 yards coming in the second half.

"Tehachapi was a good team and they were ready for us," said North coach Cy Silver. "Preparation starts on Monday and we'll need to bounce back and learn from this."

Brodie Smith led North (1-1) with 49 yards rushing, while Cody McWilliams had 34 yards on the ground. Darryle Baker led the Stars receivers with two receptions for 30 yards.

Mountain Football was relintless on defense, holding North High to only 97 yards rushing in a 21-0 shutout
in Bakersfield last Friday night. Above Adam Bullard (11), Kiefer Fincher (66) and Cory Lange (4) stuff a run at the
line of scrimmage. Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News

Warrior Defense Stifles North High Stars

Posted by Tom Shea, The Tehachapi News on Sep. 19, 2011

For the first time in the young season Mountain Football showed off their defensive abilities, registering their first shutout of the year in a 21-0 victory over North-Bakersfield.

Tehachapi limited the Stars to only 97 yards rushing on the ground and only a few completions in the air, forcing five punts overall. The Warriors also had three turnovers, with Ty Curry and Jack Blewett recovering fumbles and Kris Kapitzke an interception.

Blewett’s fumble recovery came after a David Lara punt block in the first quarter, setting up a Bobby Howell two-yard run on a quarterback keeper for the game’s first touchdown.

Howell also had a strong night in passing, going 2-3 for 89 yards, hitting Cory Lange on a 63 yard touchdown strike and Adam Bullard on a 26 yard completion.

Marcus Curiel led the ground game, rumbling for 147 yards on 13 carries and a fourth quarter touchdown, while Wyatt Vance had 83 yards rushing and Brian Castaneda and Curry combining for 45 yards on the ground.

Tehachapi will next be in action this Friday night at home against Burroughs, who come into the game with a 27-17 victory over Lancaster.

The game will start at 7:30 p.m. at Coy Burnett Field.

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
Tehachapi  7  7   0  7 21
North  0  0   0  0 00

The Scoring:

First Quarter:

Teh -- Howell 2 yard run (Scaggs kick)

Second Quarter:

Teh -- Lange 63 yard pass reception (Scaggs kick)

Fourth Quarter:

Teh -- Curiel 10 yard run (Scaggs kick)


First Downs12 7
Passing Yards8930
Total Yards370127
Fumbles-Lost0-0 3-2

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING - Tehachapi: Curiel 13-147, Vance 17-83; Castaneda 2-28, Curry 3-17, Howell 2-6, Terle 3-0;
North: Smith 16-49, McWilliams 9-34, Roy 3-11, Howard 1-3, Gomez 1-0.

PASSING - Tehachapi: Howell 2-3-0; North: Tsosie 2-5-1.

RECEIVING - Tehachapi: Lange 1-63, Bullard 1-26; North: Baker 2-30.

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

Junior Varsity - Tehachapi 27   North 19
Frosh - Tehachapi 14   North 27