Tehachapi at Ridgeview (Bakersfield)

November 21, 2008

The Warriors got off to a slow start against Ridgeview, giving up 14 first quarter points. But the Warrior "O" rallied,
and the THS defense shut down Ridgeview in the second half to win the game 28-14. Above, five Warriors tackle
Ridgeview ball carrier Zack Williams. In on the play were Jason Hail, #35, Brennen Davis, left, Derek Lange, bottom,
and Garrett Coontz, right. Photo by Mike Duffy, The Tehachapi News

Warriors Defeat Ridgeview
With 2nd Half Surge, 28-14

Posted November 21, 2008 by Tom Shea, The Bakersfield Californian

TEHACHAPI - For a quarter, it looked as if an upset was brewing on the mountain and Tehachapi was poised to make an early exit from the playoffs.

After fumbling the opening kickoff, Ridgeview marched down the field 23 yards on two separate drives, capping both offensive possessions with a pair Tyler Dogins touchdown runs.

“It was a physical ballgame. A real dogfight early on,” said Tehachapi head coach Steve Denman. “(Ridgeview) had momentum and fortunately we were able to stay close and get back in it.”

Stymied in the running game, Tehachapi was forced to open up their playbook in the second quarter with the pass, with Kurtis Knudson finding a wide-open Josh Strauss in the flat for a 39-yard touchdown strike.

Tehachapi continued their momentum after the break, with Knudson taking a quarterback option down the left sideline for a score and Adam Mullen breaking through for a 83-yard touchdown jaunt to give the Warriors their first lead of the night.

On Ridgeview's ensuing possession, an errant shotgun snap led to a Garrett Coontz fumble recovery inside the Wolfpack five-yard line. Three plays later, Tehachapi put the final nail in the coffin with a Derek Lange goal line leap in the endzone.

“We had some turnovers that gave us a short field,” added Denman. “Mullen was also able to pop that long run and our defense improved. It was a good test for us and we’re happy to get the win.”

Mullen was the leading rusher for Tehachapi with 138 yards on 16 carries. Donte Malloy led Ridgeview with 104 total yards of offense.

1st2nd3rd 4thFinal
Ridgeview 14  0   0  0 14
Tehachapi  0  7   7 14 28

The Scoring:

First Quarter:

R -- Dogins 1 yard run (Spears Kick) 9:42
R -- Dogins 6 yard run (Spears Kick) 0:12

Second Quarter:

T -- Strauss 39 yard pass from Knudson (Reimer kick) 3:50

Third Quarter:

T -- Knudson 14 yard run (Reimer kick) 0:06

Fourth Quarter:

T -- Mullen 83 yard run (Reimer Kick) 9:29
T -- Lange 1 yard run (Reimer Kick) 8:47


First Downs107
Passing Yards6259
Comp-Att-Int5-8-0 5-7-0
Total Yards240351
PuntsN/A N/A

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING--Tehachapi: Strauss 6-24, Mullen 16-138, Lange 9-71, Knudson 3-16;
Ridgeview: Dogins 22-57, Malloy 9-59, Williams 9-54.

PASSING--Tehachapi: Knudson 5-7-0-59; Ridgeview: Mazuka 5-8-0-62

RECEIVING--Tehachapi: Strauss 2-43, Coontz 1-10, Bloom 2-6; Ridgeview: Malloy 2-45, Wilson 2-20, Williams 1-(-3).

Varsity – Tehachapi (7-4), Ridgeview (2-9)

Warrior running back Josh Strauss makes a good run against Ridgeview
of Bakersfield in Friday's CIF game at Coy Burnett Field. The Warriors won 28-14.