North Bakersfield at Tehachapi

Friday, October 12, 2023

Warrior quarterback Jacob Root sprints for yardage against North Bakersfield Friday in Tehachapi. The Warriors
defeated North 49-6 to remain undefeated, and now travel to West Bakersfield for the league finale. Game time is 7:30 pm on Thursday.
  (Photo by Vicky Shea.)

Balanced Attack Leads To Victory Over North

Posted by The Tehachapi News Sports Staff on October 15, 2023.

The Warriors recorded over 500 yards of offense for the second straight week in a 49-6 win over Bakersfield-North on Thursday.

Tehachapi (9-0, 3-0 SYML) remained perfect on their season with a near-even rushing and passing offense, amassing 228 yards on the
ground and 277 yards through the air.

Quarterback Jacob Root eclipsed 1,000 yards passing for the season with the output, recording 10 completions and two touchdowns
to Cyler Hoofard and Kaleb Songer for 36 and 24 yards, respectively. Root is the first 1,000-yard passer for Tehachapi since 1999,
when Jared Romo ended that season with 1,057 yards passing in 12 games.

Andrew Aguirre had the most receiving yards on the night with 121 yards on five receptions. Mike Jones added 67 yards receiving.

The Warriors also had an effective ground assault, led by AJ Anderson with 97 yards rushing and a touchdown and Aiden Nicholson
with 62 yards rushing and a score. Root also had three rushing touchdowns.

The defense limited the league’s leading rusher, North’s Dillon Kyle, to only 41 yards on the night. Jones had 13 tackles and two pass
defensed and recently called-up junior varsity standout Tylere Lombardi had 13 tackles to lead the way.
Other standouts included Aguirre (eight tackles), Mark Nicholson Jr (six tackles, five hurries, sack, fumble caused),
Adrian Navarro (six tackles), Liddon Scott (six tackles), Anderson (five tackles), Aiden Nicholson (four tackles, interception),
Leo Gonzalez (five hurries, four tackles, sack, fumble caused) and Kaleb Songer (interception).

On special teams, Carter Kolesar was a perfect 6-6 on PATs and had a kickoff touchback and German foreign exchange student
Martin Schiller had a successful PAT.

The Warriors can wrap-up an undefeated regular season and clinch an outright SYML championship if they are victorious against West this week.
The Vikings are coming off a 49-28 loss to Golden Valley.

Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. in Bakersfield this Thursday evening.

Junior Varsity clinches league title in thriller

The Warriors showed grit and poise in a highly competitive contest against North, coming away with a 37-32 victory and the SYML championship.

Jacob Meza provided a big spark for the Warriors on offense, recording 152 yards rushing and a touchdown. Tehachapi (6-2, 3-0 SYML)
had 383 rushing yards overall, with Austin Tripodi, Tristan Smith and Austin Rolow combining for 70 yards
rushing and three touchdowns. Thaddeus Dyer also had a fumble recovery in the endzone for
a touchdown in the third quarter, accounting for three fumble recoveries on offense overall.

In special teams action, Colton Michael and Jacob Meza recorded two-point conversion runs and Ethan Cardenas was a perfect 3-3 on PATs.
Smith had a 45-yard kickoff return and Johnny Estrada had two kickoff returns totaling 36 yards.

On defense, Danny Gonzalez had five tackles and an interception, followed by Jacob Meza (five tackles), Liam Smith (five tackles),
Jr Alaniz (four tackles, sack), Tristan Smith (four tackles), Diego Reyes (three tackles), Emmett Williams (three tackles) and Ezekiel Meza (sack).

The Warriors will conclude their season on the road this Thursday afternoon against West. Kickoff will be at 5 p.m. in Bakersfield.

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
Tehachapi 7 21  14  7 49
North Bakersfield  6 0     0 06

Tehachapi vs North High Statistics

First Downs   13   
Rushes-Yards  28-228   23-124
Passing Yards   277   101
Comp-Att-Int  10-15-0  7-16-0
Total Yards  505   225
Punts  N/A  3-44.0
Penalties  9-76   

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING — Tehachapi: AJ Anderson 11-97, Root 3-30, Jones 3-16, King 4-12, Nicholson 5-62, Aguirre 1-3 .
North: Kyle 10-41, Bennett 12-90, Haner 1-(-7).

PASSING — Tehachapi: Root 10-15-277. North: Haner 5-8-0, Bennett 2-8-58-0.

RECEIVING — Tehachapi: Anderson 1-29, Songer 1-24, Aguirre 5-121, Jones 2-67, Songer 1-24, Hoofard 1-36.
North: Lendon 1-9, Kyle 2-17, Oates 3-76.

Varsity Records: Tehachapi 9-0 North High 3-6