Tehachapi at Redwood-Visalia

November 14, 2014

Chris Rhodes busted loose for this 41-yard gain on Tehachapi’s first drive to help set up an eventual touchdown. Rhodes finished the night
as the leading rusher for THS with 78 yards on 17 carries, including a fourth quarter touchdown run.  Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News.

Season Ends In Visalia
THS Nipped By Redwood In DII Playoffs, 35-21

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Tom Shea, The Tehachapi News

Mountain Football started the contest in impressive fashion with the game's first touchdown, but after Redwood pulled ahead for a big lead, the No. 10 seed Warriors could not pull the upset over the No. 7 seed Rangers in a 35-21 loss at the Mineral King Bowl in Visalia.

Tehachapi (6-5) opened up the game with a dominating six-play march that went 80 yards for a touchdown. Chris Rhodes punched through the line of scrimmage on a 41-yard jaunt to help spark the drive and Nick Steele put the finishing touches with a 22-yard run for a score and a quick 7-0 lead.

Despite the early advantage, Redwood 6-5) came out firing in the passing game the rest of the first half, completing 10 of 11 passes on four separate drives to charge ahead, 28-7.

Near the end of the third quarter, Lars Olofson connected on a 14-yard completion to Jake Walters and a 32-yard completion to Nick Steele to set up first and goal deep in Ranger territory. Two plays later, Olofson scored on a four-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

The Warriors added another touchdown late in the fourth quarter when Daniel Wight returned an interception 59 yards to the Redwood five yard line. Rhodes finished off the short field position drive two plays later with a two-yard rushing touchdown.

On defense, Angel Garcia forced two fumbles and had three tackles for loss. Nathan Collier also recovered a fumble, Ethan Averett had a tackle for loss and Wight had the before-mentioned interception. Connor O'Neal also had a quarterback pressure to force a turnover on downs in the first half.


Seniors for Tehachapi this season included Mikal Moore, Trevor Newton, Noah Deaville, Chris Rhodes, Juan Cabrera, Willy Urciel, Ethan Averett, Jerry Castaneda, Hayden Schaffer, Ben Farinas, Billy Schuster, Rocky Radcliff, Luke Potter, Oscar Bejar, Xavier Moore, Phil Baquerizo, Connor O'Neal, Trey Abarquez, Sam Hanley, Michael Bailey, Abraham Katona, Mathew Crane, Connor Bethany and Nick Steele.

A swarm of Warrior defenders pursue Ranger running back Jeremiah Johnson. Warrior defenders include #3 Angel Garcia; #35 Tanner Herman;
and #47 Israel Guererro. The Rangers won the Division II playoff game, 35-21, in Visalia.   Photo by Ron Holman, The Visalia Times Delta.

Redwood Pulls Away From Tehachapi, 35-21

Posted on November 14, 2014, by Tom Shea, The Bakersfield Californian

VISALIA -- Led by the strong running of Jeremiah Johnson and the throwing arm of Adam Vance, 7th-seeded Visalia-Redwood scored four straight touchdowns
to pull away for a 35-21 victory over No. 10 Tehachapi in the first round of the Central Section Division II playoffs.

Johnson finished with 137 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Redwood (6-5), which will play at No. 2 Lemoore (10-0) next week.

Vance had the hot hand for the Rangers to start the contest, completing 10 of his first 11 passes, and had with 173 yards by halftime. He finished with 213 yards and a touchdown on 13 of 23 passing.

Rickie Garcia was the leading receiver for the Rangers with seven receptions for 102 yards, including his team's score on 4-yard reception. Alex Chavez also had 102 yards receiving on five catches.

Tehachapi (6-5) opened the scoring on a 22-yard touchdown run by Nick Steele, capping a six-play, 80-yard drive. Steele finished with 67 yards total yards.

Chris Rhodes was the Warriors' leading rusher with 78 yards on 17 carries, closing the game with a 2-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter. Willy Urciel added 54 yards rushing.

Tehachapi quarterback Lars Olofson rushed for 31 yards and a touchdown.

Daniel Wight had an interception and Nathan Collier recovered a fumble to lead the Warriors' defense.

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
Tehachapi  7  0   0 14 21
Redwood 14  7   7  7 35

The Scoring:

First Quarter:

T--Steele 22 run (Katona kick)
R--Garcia 4 pass from Vance (Allen kick)
R--Johnson 16 run (Allen kick)

Second Quarter:

R--Johnson 8 run (Allen kick)

Third Quarter:

R--Johnson 59 run (Allen kick)
T--Olofson 4 run (Katona kick)

Fourth Quarter:

R--Vance 1 run (Allen kick)
T--Rhodes 2 run (Katona kick)

Tehachapi vs Redwood-Visalia

First Downs8 20
Passing Yards51 213
Total Yards253433
Punts5-44.8 3-46.3

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING — Tehachapi: Rhodes 17-78, Urciel 9-54, Olofson 4-31, Steele 3-30, Scott 4-9.
Redwood: Johnson 17-137, Williams 5-32, Vance 5-26, Maya 2-16, Bean 3-9.

PASSING — Tehachapi: Olofson 3-8-2 51, Whitlach 0-1-0 0. Redwood: Vance 13-23-0 213, Alvarez 0-1-1 0.

RECEIVING — Tehachapi: Steele 2-37, Walters 1-14. Redwood: Garcia 7-102, Chavez 5-102, Williams 1-9.

Varsity – Tehachapi (6-5), Redwood (6-5)